Lunch anyone?

Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Lunch anyone?
In the last few years cafes and restaurants have been on the increase.... these days that's our idea of an outing. We head out to breakfast, lunch, brunch, coffee&cake, dinner... It's our way of socialising.

Is this a sign of the times? People no longer seem to invite someone over for a meal because it's easier to go out and have someone else do the dishes... AND if you are out somewhere, it's easier to end the time together. If they are in your home... it's whenever they feel the need to leave.

I live in a country town that has a dramatic increase in the places to go out for a meal in the last few years. Surely this can't just be in my neck of the woods.
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babinda, Queensland Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
Maybe , as we live in a more and more connected life, we value our personal space more. If you didn't do the dishes, or got new curtains , this could easily end up as Facebook fodder.
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
pat8lanips: Maybe , as we live in a more and more connected life, .


I see this as less connected. We no longer share anything that means anything. We choose the easier options. As for being Facebook 'fodder'.... are you referring to my comments, or the events themselves?
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babinda, Queensland Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
As in, people coming over for lunch etcetera, might innocently put something like "I was visiting so and so for lunch, and saw they'd got new curtains in their lounge room" or something like that.

Talking in general, not related to your situation. I don't do stalkbook anyway, but I know a lot of people who have to mention every cup of coffee or muffin they eat, as though it's important news.
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
pat8lanips: As in, people coming over for lunch etcetera, might innocently put something like "I was visiting so and so for lunch, and saw they'd got new curtains in their lounge room" or something like that.

Talking in general, not related to your situation. I don't do stalkbook anyway, but I know a lot of people who have to mention every cup of coffee or muffin they eat, as though it's important news.


It's odd you should mention facebook stalking... We had a new start at work recently and most of the staff looked her up on Facebook to see who she was. I was a bit stunned wondering why they couldn't just wait and decide once they met her.

If someone put inane posts up on Facebook, I would simply delete them. I find Facebook a great way to share photos of areas I have explored, but for the most part... I don't get too involved there.
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babinda, Queensland Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
Stalkbook is a pox. Signing your personal life away to a marketing company, that's all it is.

Try to cancel an account and you'll see what I mean. Everybody only uses it to share photos with their family and friends, which I can do much more easily and quickly with my phone, or a group email.

But I digress, the increase in eateries and the demise of people visiting each other... People have much higher standards for food and coffee than ever. They apologise for instant coffee, as though they're offering Heston Blumenthol a cup of international roast with milk powder.

I'm originally a Sydney boy, and it always amazed me how Melbournites spent so much time visiting each other's homes, where my social group would be more likely to meet at a restaurant or venue. I always dismissed it as climate-related, where its probably more like the way things are done in Europe.
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London, Essex, England UK

Re: Lunch anyone?
Abagail: In the last few years cafes and restaurants have been on the increase.... these days that's our idea of an outing. We head out to breakfast, lunch, brunch, coffee&cake, dinner... It's our way of socialising.

Is this a sign of the times? People no longer seem to invite someone over for a meal because it's easier to go out and have someone else do the dishes... AND if you are out somewhere, it's easier to end the time together. If they are in your home... it's whenever they feel the need to leave.

I live in a country town that has a dramatic increase in the places to go out for a meal in the last few years. Surely this can't just be in my neck of the woods.


That's because most women can't cook nowadays .
Most live such busy lives, ( posting on the blogs ) they don't have time to cook , either for themselves or friends !conversing laugh
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
pat8lanips: Stalkbook is a pox. Signing your personal life away to a marketing company, that's all it is.

Try to cancel an account and you'll see what I mean. Everybody only uses it to share photos with their family and friends, which I can do much more easily and quickly with my phone, or a group email.

But I digress, the increase in eateries and the demise of people visiting each other... People have much higher standards for food and coffee than ever. They apologise for instant coffee, as though they're offering Heston Blumenthol a cup of international roast with milk powder.

I'm originally a Sydney boy, and it always amazed me how Melbournites spent so much time visiting each other's homes, where my social group would be more likely to meet at a restaurant or venue. I always dismissed it as climate-related, where its probably more like the way things are done in Europe.


Good Morning Pat,

Well the eateries in Melbourne are truly amazing. You have an opportunity to eat out at all hours of the day and night. What surprises me is how prevalent this café lifestyle has become in country towns. It seems they are popping up everywhere in town. For instance for ten years the town I live in had one Thai restaurant ... and now we have three. The only good thing about the increase in cafes/restaurants is they are spreading out , which means it's easier to find parking away from the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping area.

When I joined Facebook, it was because a couple of my friends were heading overseas and they begged me to join it so they could keep in touch. I was meant to be there for a few months. But by the time everyone had added me... It was difficult to walk away. But seriously my friends and family do not post anything negative or have rants... so I deal with less than others do. :)
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
One2note: That's because most women can't cook nowadays .
Most live such busy lives, ( posting on the blogs ) they don't have time to cook , either for themselves or friends !
laugh I am not even going to deny this, One.

Years ago I had dinner parties and friends around quite often... Now I work too much and it's all too much trouble. doh
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London, Essex, England UK

Re: Lunch anyone?
Abagail: I am not even going to deny this, One.

Years ago I had dinner parties and friends around quite often... Now I work too much and it's all too much trouble.


Then you've just answered your own question.wine

Ps. What the hell am I doing on the Aussie forums??
I think I pressed the wrong button by mistake .confused laugh
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
One2note: Then you've just answered your own question.

Ps. What the hell am I doing on the Aussie forums??
I think I pressed the wrong button by mistake .


Actually I hadn't looked at where you were from... now that I have. .. I actually found the norm in the UK was to go to cafes and restaurants ... rather than have people over. They are quite social there.

You are quite welcome to the Forum's here.bouquet
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babinda, Queensland Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
Well I'm not sure about lunch today, but if there was a train station here I'd be there in a flash, sucking frantically on the ciggies waiting for a train.
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
...but where would the train take you, Pat?

And you do mean you would be sucking the ciggies out the front of the station?laugh It's been awhile since you were allowed to smoke at stations. wink

So given a choice... what culinary delights would await you?
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babinda, Queensland Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
I dont smoke ciggies, but maybe if there was a train station to smoke at I would. Chocolate croissants today, might have fish and chips later.
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
pat8lanips: I dont smoke ciggies, but maybe if there was a train station to smoke at I would. Chocolate croissants today, might have fish and chips later.


Chocolate croissants sound positively ghastly! Almost as bad as chocolate hot cross buns.

laugh
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babinda, Queensland Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
Nah, they're really good. All you do is heat them in the oven and away you go. Easy as.

Dunno about chocky hot cross buns, never tried them.
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
I am going to take your word for it that they are nice. laugh

I am going to go out for lunch again on the weekend ... can't quite decide where yet.
Re: Lunch anyone?
Abagail: I am going to take your word for it that they are nice.

I am going to go out for lunch again on the weekend ... can't quite decide where yet.

Abagail your name should be spelt Abigail. If you´ve got any tattoos I suggest you get a friend to check themthumbs up
Abagail

Sale, Victoria Australia

Re: Lunch anyone?
Bnaughty: Abagail your name should be spelt Abigail. If you´ve got any tattoos I suggest you get a friend to check them


Tsk Tsk B, you should know that one can spell their name any way they wish. wink
Re: Lunch anyone?
Abagail: Tsk Tsk B, you should know that one can spell their name any way they wish.

Not so Abigail, not soscold
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