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Going Out to Eat
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Going Out to Eat
餐厅就餐

Gerunds and Infinitives

Date: Feb 14 2012

Themes: Food

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives

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Sometimes food just seems to taste better when you don’t have to cook it yourself. Going out to restaurants, where professionals not only make your food for you, but also clean up after you, is a fun treat. But if you do it too much, then like anything else, it might get tiring. Or even if it doesn’t get tiring, it will definitely get expensive!

Mason recently went on a trip to one of the culinary capitals of the US, New Orleans. Hear him tell Jason about all the delicious meals he had while he was there, as they talk about going out to eat.

有时,如果不是你亲自下厨,食物似乎更加美味。餐厅就餐是请客明智之选,不仅有专业大厨为您献上美食,餐后也无需您收拾。就像任何事情一样,如果频繁在餐厅就餐,可能会产生厌烦。即便不厌烦,一定会带来很大花销!
梅森最近去了美国烹饪之都之一的新奥尔良。听听他向詹森讲述他在那里享用的美味佳肴,他们正讨论去餐厅吃饭。

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Mason:  I just got back from New Orleans, and I ate so much good food there, I think I gained like 10 pounds.

Jason:  Wow, yeah, I believe it. I mean, that’s a place with a really great culinary culture.

Mason:  For real. I usually don’t eat out that often, but on vacations I totally need to splurge and just go top notch.

Jason:  So was the best part about eating in New Orleans the food, or was the ambiance even better?

Mason:  You know, it was interesting. We ate at so many different restaurants that it’s like the place where I got an $8 sandwich was just as good as the $30 entree I got at the really fancy place.

Jason:  Did it start to wear you out after a while, though? Sometimes when I’m traveling, the whole ritual of having a waiter and having to sit down, it’s fun, but if you do it over and over, like every day, it starts to get exhausting, you know?

Mason:  I don’t think I was out long enough. I’ve hit that place before where you’re like, “I just wanna do something really simple.” Mostly it’s about not having to pay for food like that, though.

Jason:  That’s true. And to me, it has to be special. Going out to eat is for special occasions. So sometimes if you do it too much, it starts to feel not that special. But you have to take advantage while you’re in New Orleans, right? Eat as much as you can.

 

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Mason recently returned from a trip to New Orleans, where he ate a lot of great food. He went to many different restaurants, including cheap places and expensive places. He says they were all delicious, no matter how fancy they were.

Jason says that he sometimes gets tired of going out to eat if he does it too much, especially when he’s traveling. After a while, he just wants to eat something simple in his own home. Mason doesn’t usually get tired of going out to eat, but he does get tired of spending lots of money at restaurants. But in New Orleans, he never got tired of it!

Do you like going out to eat? What is your favorite and least favorite part about eating in restaurants?

 

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JimaIsJima

China

I like,you can choose many food

08:05 AM Jan 20 2013 |

DominikLi

DominikLi

China

I just feel going out to eat is not my style.I like have meals at home,with my family,food was cooked by my grandma and it make me feel warm.Although many boys and girls from China enjoy going out with their friends and lovers today,I can still not feel the happiness of it:P

05:03 AM Jan 20 2013 |

Ugur erbay

Turkey

I need to know english please helpUndecided

03:47 PM Nov 26 2012 |

yas-0612

yas-0612

India

there are good idea about going to out for eat cofe with girefriend and boyfriend

03:31 PM Feb 20 2012 |

simoroshka

simoroshka

Russian Federation

I used to go out to a cafe when wanted to escape home and my life which I definded as totaly miserable in that period. Took a coffee or a tea pot and something sweety, watched on the other customers, thinking and daydreaming, sometimes read a book or writed down small stories about other worlds. It was cozy, it was almost happiness, I had almost nothing pleasant besides these escapes. But I don’t want those times to come back, besides swettiness is a bitter taste, all is mixed together. I even don’t go to cafe alone for more than a year. Now everything is perfectly fine and I have many other things making me happy.


But vacations are another story. Smile Story not about food but about athmosphere, ambience, communication, new impressions. Gaining weight and spending money come along but you don’t think much about it if you don’t want to ruine the mood of freedom and joyfullness. And by the way, where would you cook?.. ;)

09:00 PM Feb 19 2012 |

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alzhbeta

alzhbeta

Belarus

I like going out to eat. but the most cool thing for me is going to cafes. it’s just because I’m a student :) there are so many various cafes with different ambiances. the choise of them always depends on your mood. 


there are some pretty ones where you can read books and for a break order a cup of tea with cookies, or where you can order only a sandwich with some drink and listen invited rock band or jazz band or some else band there. and if I’m not feel like going to these one I prefer avant-gard cafe which like a picture gallery where you listening Lyapis Trubeckoy enjoy some strange pictures (: 

01:55 PM Feb 18 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Candy . it works if at the time of picking up the tab , you make a discreet exit to the powder room.Kiss

09:14 PM Feb 17 2012 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

I like to go out to eat because of the reasons they mentioned above. First, I don’t like to cook. And second, I don’t like to clean up after it – wash the dishes and clean the table, etc. But I aslo don’t like to spend lots of money on restaraunt food. So, I prefer to be invited to a restaraunt and not to pay for my order as usuall the one who invites you pays the bill. Sometimes I can afford to go out to eat though, especially if we’re talking about some occasion like a birthday or a new year’s eve.

11:55 AM Feb 16 2012 |

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ola33

ola33

Japan

Buttafly, no doubt, that’s the only argument stops me from not buying :)

11:58 AM Feb 15 2012 |

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ola33

ola33

Japan

Buttafly, It’s always with me, when I’m stressed, like i think people in Europe right now, I got shopping and splurge. It’s bad, so every day I say I don’t spend too much money today…

11:40 AM Feb 15 2012 |

ola33

ola33

Japan


I think everyone loves eating out. Plus, the word “restaurant” is almost the same in many languages. So, if you’re lost and very hungry in some remote part of Russia, just say – “restoran” and a helpful hand will lovingly take you and lead you to one of the gastronomic shrines. Though, don’t blame that invisible hand for a cheesy meal or too “friendly” waiters or a smelly surrounding. It happens! And we just shrug our shoulders when enter a promising place with the smell of chlorine. It’s so off-putting that no matter how good the tourist place is, the awful “aroma” will always haunt you when you start telling your friends how you spent your vacation. No doubt, there’re good restaurants as there’re bad ones. If I were to pick a good restaurant, I’d, with no hesitation, go to Europe. There, you’ll just plunge into leisurely cafés, sit comfortably and start slowly sipping coffee reading a newspaper or just  looking at the passersby. And you’ll never go wrong with the time. The cafés are open up to midnight providing a good and friendly atmosphere. If you want some privacy, you can just dwell inside of the room listening to a good music. For street entertainment lovers, the comfy chairs with the tables are waiting outside. Unforgettable experience! More than 10 years has gone since the last time I was there and nothing can beat it! I hope it still the same in spite of the difficult economy situation in Europe. So, for Valentine’s Day, for the day to be romantic and unforgettable, the European cafes are the best choice.


04:15 AM Feb 15 2012 |

Sami Aswad

Sami Aswad

Iraq

mostly I go out to eat on special occasions and on vaccations I really like to splurge and go top notch :)

08:24 PM Feb 14 2012 |

TranceSoul

TranceSoul

Poland

I like going out to eat but from time to time. I can’t imagine to eat in restaurants more often than at home, becasue it could loose its unique atmosphere. Apart from that when I cook, I know what I eat. It doesn’t have to be perfect but I surely make it good for me. In restaurant you can eat something amazing but you can also pay a lot for something terrible. This is the risk :)


So, in sum, eating out can be a nice experience but in the best places for us ;)

05:36 PM Feb 14 2012 |

Camaro

Camaro

Germany

That’s right snoopy. When I dissatisfied about service or food, I give not a tip. But in those restaurants I’m going just once.

04:52 PM Feb 14 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

this expression doesn’t  only pertain to punch anymore : )  those irate cooks spike  just about  anything now.


Well, Julito if the food isn’t good enough you just have to let them know about it. Or do like my mother does, everytime you feel dissatisfied about their services, just cut off on the tips you’d planned to give


:)

04:22 PM Feb 14 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Snoopy ,I don´t mind about my punch  . what if the irate cooker  messed up my food ? and I, as a fool  compliment the waiter about  how delicious  this time  the food was.?

04:11 PM Feb 14 2012 |

khaled_islam

Yemen

actually I like eat out with my best friend.we need that in all weekend for change routine  studies or wark or any thing .

04:09 PM Feb 14 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

yeah, you don’t want  them to spike your punch


Tongue out

04:06 PM Feb 14 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

 snoopy,    you are right.   Also I make sure  not to send back to the kitchen  the food that I was served  .I don´t know what they will do next in retaliation.Cry

03:53 PM Feb 14 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

you can’t beat take outs, folks


, Sometimes, people expect tips from me even when I order take outs. seriously? I just walk off, but never go back, because they might mix my relish with some loogie next time I visit


:)

03:36 PM Feb 14 2012 |

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