Have you ever seen that meme that says “being an adult is just deciding what you want to eat for dinner every night for the rest of your life“? I see a lot of Memes, and nothing comes even close to that as far as level of truth this goes.
I don’t know about you, but food is pretty much the center of my universe. I think about what I’m having for dinner on Tuesday when I am eating dinner on Monday at the absolute latest. Some people are not like this, and I have a hard time trusting them.
I love going out to eat. I also love a Friday night date night. However, after a long day for both of us, neither of us have the energy to pick a place to go and sometimes the most exciting places are already booked up by the time we do decide. This really ticks me off because by the time we decide, I’m already HANGRY.
Then, we end up defaulting to the same three or four restaurants on a recurring basis. We absolutely love these restaurants, but we live in a great food city and are really missing out on opportunities. So I took matters into my own hands!
For this life hack you only need two items: popsicle sticks and some kind of container. I had an old Yankee candle container with lid that I removed the wax from for mine, but a mason jar, small vase or any other cylindrical item will do.
Next, I wrote the names of our favorite familiar restaurants and new restaurants we have heard great things about or want to try. I color-coded my options thanks to colored popsicle sticks from the Dollar Tree – for example, the priciest restaurants are on green sticks (green for money, obviously) and the casual dining is on orange which has no real significance, but play along.
The rules are as follows: on Thursday night we will pick from the jar. This leaves plenty of time to call and make a reservation for Friday night. Most places won’t have a problem in our area for a table of two. If you do not like the selection or don’t have a taste for what you picked you can either a give an immediate change or select again. You then have to choose one of the two sticks you picked. You have already missed your opportunity to go rogue.
If you are not a big restaurant person and prefer to cook dinner at home, this hack could totally work just as well with meal ideas instead. Your sticks could have specific meals on them or even color-coded for different proteins to select based on what you know you already have in the house. If you are more adventurous in the kitchen, your sticks could have the name of different food categories Blake Mediterranean or Cajun. The possibilities are endless.
I should offer a disclaimer that this could either be the best idea ever or a big fat flop. It all depends on your person or people being flexible enough to trust the sticks. Here’s hoping it brings me some foodie joy and potentially some excitement in your household too.
What do you think, would this make life easier for you?