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March 7th, 2004

Doggie Bags

Doggie bags are a great help for those of us that can’t bring ourselves to finish a gigantic meal at a restaurant, and can even help justify a large price tag on a dinner if we know we’re going to get a couple of meals out of it. But not everyone’s the doggie bag type…

Are you a “doggie bag” person, or do you clean your plate every time? Or are you the type that can’t stand leftovers, so you eat what you can and toss the rest?

Me, I almost always get a doggie bag and eat the rest for lunch the next day. And, thankfully, I’ve managed to kick the habit of getting a doggie bag and then accidentally leaving it on the table.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday March 7, 2004 -- 11:13:51 am
I usually do opt for the doggie bag which, nowadays, is the eco-unfriendly stryo-box.

(I do remember an actual doggie bag from when I was a kid, though, with a picture of a dog on it and everything.)

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday March 7, 2004 -- 6:57:13 pm
I think I'm one of the few people left out there who isn't the doggie bag type, although I dream of working myself out of that mold. There's a restaurant down the alley from me that serves a huge plate of Spaghetti a la Greek. Every time I've ordered it I'm finished it, and surprised the waiter/waitress in turn.

FROM: aharris
DATE: Sunday March 7, 2004 -- 7:30:41 pm
I'm definitely not the doggie bag type. It's very bad to waste food but...I figure it'll probably waste away in my fridge anyway since left overs never taste the same. ;)

Now I'm a fan of making new stuff out of left overs (i.e. potato cakes out left over mashed...). But seriously, how good is heated up pasta?! ;)

Also in SF the portions aren't usually super huge. It's usually shi-shi "california cuisine" which is placed on the plate "just so." But I will say...on the few times I've done it, I've walked out and left it on the table. Maybe that's another reason I don't do it... :)

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday March 7, 2004 -- 8:30:39 pm
I either fully eat my meal, or bring the leftovers home to eat throughout the week. When I lived at home I would finish all the other family member's leftovers, since they weren't going to.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday March 7, 2004 -- 9:21:51 pm
I am a fan of the doggie bag. I go into many meals knowing that I am looking at tomorrow's lunch and pace myself accordingly. We were not raised to clean our plates, so I don't feel compelled to do so.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 8, 2004 -- 10:16:10 am
I'll only take leftovers if I think they'll taste O.K. heated up. If I don't think I'll finish something that doesn't reheat well, I don't order it. If I start feeling like I'm getting full, I make sure I finish whatever won't reheat nicely. Of course, I've made myself ill doing this before, but that's just part of the adventure.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday May 3, 2004 -- 1:20:52 pm
I always do a doggie bag. The portions are so huge you have to. My girlfriend and I also often share an entree so that there is room for appetizers. Even then, after salad and appetizers, the one entree still gets stuck in a bag for lunch the next day. We're not small eaters either.

When we get fast food we usually share one super size meal and still leave half the fries. I can't believe there are people who can eat one super size value meal by themself.

Too bad there are doggie bag police at the all-you-can-eat buffet. I'd have a new doggie bag for lunch every day of the week.

FROM: Kate
DATE: Tuesday May 4, 2004 -- 2:44:40 pm
I often get a doggie bag (they really used to be bags?), but I rarely eat the leftovers. Usually my brothers get to it first - it's new to them.

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