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!!


24 Comments (Reply )

  1. Taster
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    3…3 new restaurants were visited. And we ate out every night of the week…BUSTED!


    • Emily
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:16 am

      It actually wasn’t EVERY night of the week! Chipotle doesn’t count either!!!


  2. the actor's diet
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    you’re definitely not alone. have you seen my blog lately!??


    • Emily
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

      Thank you. :)


  3. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    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
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

      What is it about Indian?! I feel the same way!


  4. kate
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    i hear you! we have such good food in the cities. it is a crime not to go out and enjoy it :) i can rationalize anything.


  5. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    It happens! Seems like I can go weeks without going out to eat but then we’ll go twice a day for a few days.


  6. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Am I really so out of the loop that I missed restaurant week? And look at you guys in Mpls. Magazine! Local celebs! :)


    • Emily
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

      Haha, hardly!
      Yes you missed Restaurant Week. :(


  7. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    I love eating out!!! :D Souper Salad is my favorite! :D



  8. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

    I love restaurants, eating out and trying new places, sigh. A good chunk of my money goes to those but I try to scale back by using Groupons, BOGO deals, etc.

    I want your autograph!! :)


    • Emily
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

      I love Groupon/Living Social/etc!!


  9. mary beth
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    ha! i love your celeb chef picture. ;)


    • Emily
      Mar 08, 2011 @ 8:38 pm



  10. michelle @ Housewife in the Raw
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    If eating out is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    We eat out a couple of meals a week, typically on the weekends. Pre kids and with a dual income, we ate out much more. :)


    • Emily
      Mar 09, 2011 @ 8:30 am

      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. :)


  11. MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
    Mar 08, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    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 :-)


  12. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 3:39 am

    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!).


  13. holly
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 12:34 pm


    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!!


  14. Annie
    Apr 21, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    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
      Apr 22, 2014 @ 7:52 am

      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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