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Poll: your frequency of restaurant takeout to home cooking since March 2020

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Poll: your frequency of restaurant takeout to cooking at home since March 2020

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I have been ordering take-away food more than I cook meals at home
 
8
17%
I have been cooking my meals at home more than I order take-away food
 
38
83%

Poll ended at Jun 4th, 2020 12:49 am

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May 2, 2013
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Poll: your frequency of restaurant takeout to home cooking since March 2020

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May 10, 2017
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Even pre-covid19, I cooked mostly at home to save money.
I rarely eat out.

From time to time post-covid19, I did some take outs from my fav restaurants to support them.
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Aug 29, 2011
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Mississauga
No real change in our home-cooked-to-take-out ratio.
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Jul 11, 2017
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Use to eat out a lot (for me, but probably not as much as others my age). But since the 17th of March, I've eaten out twice... Once at Cora's right as this all started (We were the first and last customers of the day), and a burger from Mcdonalds (My floormate ate the food I was gonna eat, so I had to buy something quick before work)
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Oct 7, 2007
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From a health point of view, I actually don't see how takeout is not risky to the public. That said, if keeping the restaurants open helps save these businesses from ruin, I am not going to stand in the way of these businesses and their customers.

I have always been leery of getting exposed to sickness and flu from eating out, especially when you know the flu is going around, and have really changed my behaviours to cooking at home for a long time. That said, I made a special point of not eating out during the virus AND not even buying pre-prepared meals in the form of takeout or even sold at the grocery store for fear that if a manual, human step was involved that there is always the possibility of someone sneezing or coughing on it. This includes buying fish wrapped in cellophane, pre-prepared salads, etc. Call me paranoid but I would rather know that I didn't take the chance than get sick and wonder if I got it from the places where I wasn't disciplined.
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Feb 7, 2017
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Eastern Ontario
As retirees dining out is a big part of our entertainment / social life
Being in the 60+ category ... we now are self isolating
So missing coffee outings with my spouse - Beers with my golf buddies - Date night - and Dinners with friends

Almost all our meals have been made at home
Many from scratch
Esp now we got the time, and good food is a bit of a hobby

Take out in the last 8 weeks has happened rarely
1 Breakfast - 1 Lunch - 1 Dinner

Eggs Benny for Easter - Fast Food Burgers - and a Pasta Dish from a great Italian Mom & Pop
First was something special, the other 2 serious cravings

Do I think there is a risk ... YES
Do I try to mitigate the risk ... YES
I heard that reheating / nuking everything Until it’s steaming is a good policy
So that’s what we do

EDIT / ADD - May be spending a lot more on groceries now
But saving a ton on Dining Out / Entertainment
My monthly bills / expenses overall are way down
Plus not going anywhere = no gas for the cars either
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Jun 24, 2006
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UrbanPoet wrote: i usually take out once , maybe twice a week.
Now its a solid twice a week, maybe more. Trying to make a point of supporting my favourite local businesses.
We are pretty much the same. Being from a small town there are several local places that we like and they go under they will be done for good.
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Oct 23, 2004
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We used to get take out or dine at restaurants at least a few times a week and going out to trying new places is something we generally enjoy doing together but we've have been eating entirely home cooked ever since March 13th.
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May 2, 2009
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Lots of takeout. Too much trouble to gather ingredients to cook.
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Dec 20, 2018
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eat way more takeout, it's a form of entertainment for me and lots of discounts from many great places

after trying for weeks, I finally managed to snag a takeout spot next week for Alo... $65 a person for their dinner set plus $30 for a foie gras parfait... two meals come out to $190 which is like less than half the price of dining in and i like takeout as well since i don't drink alcohol when i eat and i always feel obliged to order drinks dining out especially at nicer places.

too bad i still can't get a takeout timeslot for Edulis

Alo and Edulis along with a few restaurants are on https://www.exploretock.com/alorestaurant
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Aug 16, 2010
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Aurora
We take out once a week on average. My wife and I are decent cooks so the rest of the time, home cooked meals are not a problem. Only that the process of ordering and picking up takeout (and even more so for buying groceries or any other retail excursion for that matter) has become a completely miserable experience.
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Oct 26, 2002
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We cooked all of our meals at home and then once we were into April decided to support a local restaurant once a week.. this is our third week now.
That's my 2cents worth
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May 7, 2008
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Toronto
Must be tough normally but even tougher for you now.

I think you need to realize that there is human interaction at meat processing plants ( a number of which have had many covid cases), and picking of vegetable or fruit. Nearly impossible to avoid a manual human step in supply chain.

In normal times - I would avoid bagged salads - they are probably a far greater risk of e. coli and other food-borne illnesses than meat and fish.

Covid-19 is not a food borne illness - so as long as you're washing and cooking your food properly - it should be fine. With take-out I think the biggest concern is the packaging which could be disposed of prior to consumption.
choclover wrote: From a health point of view, I actually don't see how takeout is not risky to the public. That said, if keeping the restaurants open helps save these businesses from ruin, I am not going to stand in the way of these businesses and their customers.

I have always been leery of getting exposed to sickness and flu from eating out, especially when you know the flu is going around, and have really changed my behaviours to cooking at home for a long time. That said, I made a special point of not eating out during the virus AND not even buying pre-prepared meals in the form of takeout or even sold at the grocery store for fear that if a manual, human step was involved that there is always the possibility of someone sneezing or coughing on it. This includes buying fish wrapped in cellophane, pre-prepared salads, etc. Call me paranoid but I would rather know that I didn't take the chance than get sick and wonder if I got it from the places where I wasn't disciplined.
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Oct 24, 2005
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Burlington
I never do take out. I either go out and sit down at a restaurant or eat home cooked food at home. In this case with everything closed I haven't been to a restaurant since February.
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Nov 13, 2010
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Scarborough
Bought takeout/pickup about 3 times sunce march for food (kebabs, naans, qorma) and 3 times bought samosas as well
Maybe today depending on family but our goto resto is busy even in ramadhan
Sometimes the cravings are really tough Face With Stuck-out Tongue
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Mar 27, 2015
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Thornhill, ON
Take out- zero. I don't trust the health of the restaurant workers, they are overworked and underpaid, most of them likely need the money and many would probably go to work if they were sick. And it doesn't seem to me that take out is any different/safer than before. The same number of people are cooking the food, you still have to pick it up, so any additional safety measures are minimal. I'd rather be safe than sorry until things got better. Besides, I don't have anything else to do anyways, so meal prep is now the highlight of my day.
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Nov 20, 2010
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Did takeout right up until the last week of March. The full month of April I stayed home and isolated myself as recommended. Only been out twice in the month of May, but haven't gotten takeout yet. The last time, I had a bad experience so I'm on a hiatus from takeaway food. I am friggin' jonesing for some delicious fried chicken. I can't wait to eat Church's Chicken again!
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Oct 13, 2008
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We only order out once a week, normally Friday dinner.

Pickup only. No need to waste money on delivery fees and tips.
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