Homemade vs. Take-out

Personally, I prefer homemade to take out, but each side does have its positives and negatives.

Homemade food always feels more personal. This meal was prepared exactly how you would like it. It wasn’t ordered off a cookie-cutter menu where the meals are pre-prepared. You didn’t have to bother a waiter to ask for them to take off the tomatoes. Or then have to bother them again because the tomatoes are still there. When food is homemade, you plan for what you want to eat. If you don’t want tomatoes, then there will be no tomatoes.

Another positive to homemade is that you don’t have to go anywhere to pick up food or decide on what type fo food you want. When you get take out, you have to pick your restaurant carefully to make sure that they have the food that you want. You also, have to make sure that the food you want is all from the same general food culture. When you eat homemade, you can be eating chicken fried rice when you suddenly decide that some hot dog would be delicious with it. There isn’t any worrying about whether or not the restaurant will have it.

Photo @2013 by Maggie L Iing (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Photo @2013 by Maggie L Iing (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

However, on the flipside, take-out food is already prepared for you. Besides deciding what entreé you want, there isn’t a lot of other work. You can just relax and eat without having to prepared the pan. And the clean-up is practically nonexistant. There aren’t leftover dishes in the sink that need to be cleaned. This makes your afternoon all the more relaxing.

Many fast food places deliver to your house too. You don’t even have to get in a car to get your food. All you have to worry about is having the money ready when you answer the door.

Photo ©2009 by John (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Photo ©2009 by John (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

My favorite part about eating at home, whether it is from a store or from your kitchen, is that it means that you don’t have to leave your house if you don’t want to. It’s an excuse to laze around in your pajamas or sweats and do nothing productive. You can watch movies while eating ice cream, and nobody can judge you for it. This makes your Sunday night all the more relaxing.



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