confession: addicted to eating out

I have a problem. I’ve been better about budgeting, saving money and just becoming a little more fiscally responsible lately. But I just can’t quit restaurants. I can’t even tell you how many times I ate out last week – my parents read the blog and I have a feeling I’d be getting a call from my Father. Seriously. :(

I could blame it on a number of things – Restaurant Week, the Lakers vs. Timberwolves game, two-for-one Chipotle and a love for date nights and dinner with friends.  But there really isn’t a good excuse.

Speaking of restaurant week, look what we saw in the March issue of Mpls St. Paul Magazine! Recognize anyone?

On the upside, we met an Iron Chef, visited a restaurant that is slated to close, had some great dinners with friends and tried __ new restaurants. I suppose I can look at those as positives but I’ve got to answer to my expanded belly and shrunken pocketbook now… let’s just hope that my Dad doesn’t call to lecture. ;)

 Please tell me I’m not the only one!!



  1. says

    I like eating out, but I definitely can’t afford to do it very often. I prefer to hit up ethnic places, serving food I don’t typically make at home. Indian is one of my favorite things to have out, since I still haven’t mastered the same flavors in my own kitchen!

    • Emily says

      Our friends who just had their second were telling us that they NEVER go out to eat anymore so that we should take advantage while we can. :)

  2. says

    Ugh I know how you feel…I am going on vacation next week and I know I will be eating out more than I really want to and more importantly than I should! It is hard on my tummy and my wallet. I hope you don’t get a call from your papa too! That’s always a little scary :-)

  3. says

    Congrats on the magazine debut! How fun!

    Restaurant dining is a major weakness of mine…SOOO much amazing food to try, so little time…and so little money!! I was a bit out of control last summer, but returning to school (mostly night classes) has made it nearly impossible to eat out more than once/week. (Unless you count Whole Foods…I eat there almost every day–sometimes twice!).

  4. says


    i have been so bad about eating out too much, which i love but my wallet does not. i am trying to find a better balance, but when things get crazy, it’s soooooo hard!!

  5. Annie says

    Emily, I can SO relate! I was actually online trying to find a support group to help with this exact issue. I can’t seem to stop despite all of the facts, financial and health. I’m a true addict. When I think of giving up restaurants, I see no joy in life…retarded, I know.

    • Emily says

      Annie, you definitely aren’t alone. I wish I had some resources to recommend, if I come across any, I’ll let you know!

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