Wednesday, July 11, 2012

File this under...

...well, i'm really not sure.

It could go under "more money than sense."  It could also go under "when honesty is not convenient."  Then there is "when did restaurant quality replace home made quality as the standard," but that might just be me, and so i digress.

There are more and more services these days in which you can have meals delivered to your home without it having to be a party that needs full traditional catering.  For $15-$20 USD per entree, you can have gourmet quality meals delivered to your home.

Chefs all over major and medium cities around the world are jumping on this bandwagon, and there's noting wrong with it.  It's pricier than take out, of course, or even than traditional pizza or Oriental food delivery, but for some people, or under certain circumstances, it might be worth it.

Then there is the London based Housebites.  Like the others in the business, they promise to deliver "restaurant quality" meals to your home.  They also offer another service that makes me pause.

For an extra fee, Housebites will also let you "rent" the dirty pots and pans they cooked your meal in, so you can "fool" your guests into thinking you slaved over a hot stove and are a culinary genius.

So, if you do this to impress someone, how impressive are you when you are discovered?  Such as when the date you were trying to show off to asks you to come cook over at his/her place?

And, in my pinch-every-penny-until-it-screams brain, it just seems like something only a person who is either a spendthrift or willing to pay to be dishonest would do.  Is making that impression really worth it?


Today is

Advice-to-the-Lovelorn-Day -- date, in 1896, the New Orleans Picayune first published the advice column of Dorothy Dix, Mother Confessor to Millions; it eventually ran in 300 papers for 55 years

Bonfire Night -- Northern Ireland (precursor to The Twelfth a/k/a Orangemen's Day)

Bowdler's Day

China National Maritime Day -- People's Republic of China

Day of the Flemish Community -- Flemish community of Belgium, commemorates the Battle of the Golden Spurs of 1302

Feast of Theano, Philosopher, Mathmatician, wife of Pythagoras, patron of vegetarianism (date approximate, supposedly when she was born)

Feast of Min -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Free Slurpee Day at Seven-Eleven -- if you have these stores where you live, stop by between 11am and 7pm to get a free 11.7oz. Slurpee (TM) today

Gospel Day -- Kiribati

Imamat Day -- Ismailism

Naadam Festival -- Mongolia (a/k/a Revolution Day/National Day, traditional sporting events nationwide, but best at Ulaanbaatar, through the 13th)

National Blueberry Muffin Day

National Cheer Up The Lonely Day -- begun by Francis Pesek of Detroit, Michigan; he chose to spend his birthday as a day to promote kindness, especially the forgotten at nursing homes who have no visitors and shut ins

Reading Guilt Day -- the day you are supposed to start reading that book you only read the Cliff's Notes on in school

St Benedict's Day (Patron of agricultural workers, cavers/speliologists/spelunkers, civil engineers, coppersmiths, farm workers/farmers, Italian architects, monks, people in religious orders, people who are dying, school children, servants who have broken their masters belongings, students; Europe; Heerdt, Germany; Norcia, Italy; Subiaco, Italy; against erysipelas, fever, gall stones, inframmatory diseases, kidney disease, nettle rash, poison, temptations, and witchcraft)

World Population Day -- UN


Birthdays Today:

David Henrie, 1989
Marie Sernehold, 1983
Lisa Rinna, 1963
Richie Sambora, 1959
Suzanne Vega, 1959
Mark Lester, 1958
Leon Spinks, 1953
Giorgio Armani, 1934
Tab Hunter, 1931
Yul Brynner, 1920
E.B. White, 1899
John Quincy Adams, 1767


Today in History

Admiral Zheng He sets sail on his first exploratory expedition for the Ming Dynasty, 1405
Samuel de Champlain returns to Quebec, 1616
Jews are expelled from Little Russia, 1740
Halifax, Nova Scotia is almost completely destroyed by fire, 1750
Captain James Cook begins his third voyage, 1776
Jacques Necker is dismissed as France's Finance Minister sparking the Storming of the Bastille, 1789
French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons made his first comet discovery (he discovered 36 over the next 27 years, more than any other person), 1801
Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel, 1804
Waterloo railway station in London opens, 1848
Tijuana, Mexico, is formally founded, 1889
The Lumière brothers demonstrate film technology to scientists, 1895
Babe Ruth makes his Major League debut, 1914
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published, 1960
The first U.S. space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean, 1979
According to the UN, the Earth's population crosses the 5,000,000,000 mark, 1987
The United States announces it will reestablish full diplomatic relations with Vietnam, 1995
Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called "Barefoot Bandit", is caught in the Bahamas after a 2 year manhunt, 2010

5 comments:

  1. hmmm
    I could have seen myself doing this (MAYBE?) back in my dating days? but Id have brought the man over to look at the menu with me and greet the delivery person with me (as in no fabricating :)) all to spare him my cooking and ME ANY CLEAN UP.
    actually.
    nah :-)
    Id have said LETS GO OUT!!

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  2. It never ceases to amaze me what we find markets for these days.

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  3. Bowdler's Day? As in "bowdlerization", the censorship thing? Thomas Bowdler? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. One of my least favorite historical figures, so I hope not!

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  4. I don't have friends that I need to impress with my culinary skills, or entice with an expensive wine cellar, or awe with the high thread count on my Persian rugs---purchased at Costco. Take me as I am or leave me alone. But I am lonely, so I'll make a fabulous gourmet meal for anyone who wants to show up here.

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  5. Miz, i can cook, and if it's something i can't cook, then yes, let's go!

    Leah, me, too.

    Sully, that's it, exactly. No, i don't like him either, but those who don't remember history will repeat it. Let's never repeat his mistakes.

    Stephen, i'm sorry you are lonely, and i'd come over just to hear your stories and see your artwork, no meal needed as a bribe. Besides, i'm the weirdo vegan, it would be easier to just tell me more of your fabulous tales.

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