This week I went out for dinner with friends. I wish I would have appropriate photos for the post but the food, the talks with my friends and the whole evening was so great that I even forgot to photograph the delicious meals with my phone. That’s extremely uncommon because I am one of those lunatics who shoots pictures of anything and everything. But even without showing you photos of the meals we ate, I want to talk about the day anyway as I liked it a lot.
I am not exactly the person that goes often into restaurants, but this week I did it twice with my friends. On Tuesday we went out to eat in a Chinese restaurant, it was an “eat all you can” kind of buffet. On Wednesday we ate Turkish things in another place but that was a lot cheaper. The Chinese buffet was pretty costly but it was fantastic. The reason why I don’t like to go out for dinner often is that my brain really can’t comprehend why I should spend the amount of money in a restaurant that I otherwise could use to cook for seven days straight. Some of my friends are the same but one of them convinces us and said: “Common guys, it’s December, let’s see it this way, we treat ourselves with something special at the end of a year and we can have a nice chat while we eat together”.
He continued to ask us until we all said: “Yeah, why not, let’s do this”. I wasn’t convinced of the idea until it happened. You know what? It seems good food can change my mind. The friend who convinced us knew the Chinese restaurant and said it’ll be great. And honestly, he was right. I was a bit afraid when he said it’ll be a buffet but there have been enough people in the restaurant that these buffet containers were constantly freshly refilled. And things stayed warm too. So, we filled our first plate with all kinds of things (it was so hard to decide) and went to the table and started to chat about this and that.
As a runner and someone who started counting calories a bit over the last years, I certainly had difficulties with the first plate but I managed it to scrape my plate. One of my friends said “Next round?” and everyone else laughed and agreed when I said, “Dude, give me a bit of time, I gonna explode”. But we haven’t been in a hurry, nobody took a look at the clock. The friend who asked for the second round thought the same and we all decided to continue chatting and let our stomach process the delicious things for a while. I usually only drink water or water mixed with direct juice but it was a special day and when my friends ordered a glass of Coca Cola, I decided for the same. I think a half-hour later we went back to the buffed to fill up a second plate.
My eyes were like “Wow, wow, so many things I didn’t try yet” and I went for everything I had on my previous plate plus all the things I discovered now. Just on the way back to the table, I asked my self if it wasn’t a bit too much because now my plate was filled with twice the amount of things as the first one. I worked myself through the dish but a couple of carefully sorted mushrooms, a small hill of noodles and three chicken wings seemed to show resistance, at least that’s what was going on in my mind. You need to pay extra if you don’t finish your plate because the restaurant is against food waste, which I think is reasonable. There was a card where they explained that you better go several times than overestimate yourself. Easier than said, but I get their point.
My friends emptied their plates and said: “Keep cool, we have time”. So, over time I managed it to empty my plate too but had a severe fight to empty my Coca Cola glass. Meanwhile, my friends asked if we go for the dessert, like ice cream or something and I replied: “No way, you guys can go for it, but I’m done” and they laughed. All in all, we sat there for 3 hours, lots of time. But you know how it is with things you like, in the moment it can appear like a long time but later you realize time actually flew away.
While I value the time with my friends together, I am definitely not converted to a regular restaurant visitor. The friend who convinced us said afterward that it would be great if we do this once a month but everyone’s reply had the same meaning “It was honestly great, but I don’t think we always need to spend money to meet each other”. He knows that we value money in a different way, he’s not a saver but he was pretty happy when someone said: “Look, more like every three months, and then it’s fine” and everyone else agreed. I do agree, while such an evening is really special, it’s not like we all are super-wealthy. Putting money to the side is important and getting the bill was really like “Woah, that would have been a week of cooking and surviving”.
But then again, the food was perfect and the atmosphere together with my friends too. So, it definitely was worth it. We all agreed to do it a few times a year, just not every month. As I said, it was timeless until later at the end when I realized time actually flew away. Even if we sat together for 3 hours in the restaurant, I was a bit sad when I went home because I liked the evening so much. The fact that I forgot to take pictures of my food really shows how much I liked the evening. And what I like too about my friends is that we are the same when it’s about mobile devices. Nobody played with the phone, even if all our phones made some message sounds once in a while. That’s very traditional, like, I am here with you guys, I don’t want to get distracted now.