Day 22 - The Benefits Of Dining In
Ever since I made my first trip to
Since that first trip, I’ve had the good fortune to return to NYC several times. One of the small things that you can’t fully appreciate on a single visit is that there really aren’t any mid-West style grocery stores anywhere on the island. There are a ton of these little grocery shops that we would probably liken to a 7-11, but not the giant food emporiums that we’re used to. You can easily find takeout buffets of exotic Asian food or real deep dish pizza that eats more like lasagna than pizza, but it’s much harder to find a place that sells a sack of potatoes or a gallon of milk. In fact, on one trip, I was so excited to find a half gallon of milk for sale in one of those little shops that I bought it on the spot, got a paper cup from a woman behind the counter and proceeded to sit on a curb in the middle of Manhattan and drink the whole thing.
Anyway, eating in NYC usually means going out. It’s a glamorous idea, but a tiring one. Eating out is more than just expensive, it’s time consuming. It means you have to look presentable, get your car (which is a huge ordeal) or get a cab (which is almost as bad), find a restaurant, order your food, wait around for your food… it’s like an hour long prospect at the shortest.
The few people that I know from
Before this month, I was eating out a lot. It seemed easier at the time. However, this month has reminded me that even though rice takes 20 minutes to cook, it’s still faster than going out for food (and it’s obviously cheaper). Even though Ramen means you’ll have to wash a pot, no one cares what you’re wearing while you cook it. And perhaps most importantly, it reminded me that no matter what the meal tasted like, feeling full is pretty much a universal feeling after the fact, whether you ate a New York strip steak prepared by a 5-star chef or bowl of noodles and vegetables made by yours truly.