GI Jane Finances

December 30, 2007

My biggest vice

Filed under: Living the good life — gijanefinances @ 3:11 pm

Just conquered my bad habit of smoking which I had for the past 10-11 years. It does help that my brand of Benson and Hedges is not available in this country. So, whilst chewing 2mg of Nicorette gum, I decided to reveal my biggest vice…dining out. Even as a broke college student, I was always able to cobble enough money to pick-up some take-out or dine-out. Do not get me wrong, I love to cook. I recently received my prep bowls (w/lids), egg yolk separator and a hand held chopper from Pampered Chef. Unfortunately, the commissary here does not have the requisite ingredients for my Giada De Laurentiis, Paula Deen and sometimes Rachel Ray recipes. I could not even find a decent red onion for Ray’s hot dog salad recipe. Plus, my kitchen is the size of a closet. So, I have fallen back on my expensive habits of eating out. I also fancy myself as being a foodie. I simply cannot imagine torturing myself by going on any sort of diet…ever.

Thankfully, the meal pictured here (Japanese beef w/Miso sauce & scallop and asparagus fried rice) is a post-birthday meal sponsored by my fabulous friend at the Mandarin hotel in downtown Tokyo. The hotel was featured in Travel & Leisure and it totally lived up to the hype. The view from the 37th floor was stunning; it also had a three-tiered fireplace.

I do need to be more creative in finding interesting, tasty and cheap ways of feeding myself. After spending about $60 today on lunch and dinner, it really does not make any sense. I realize the money drain even more by using cash instead of credit. As I start to back off using my AMEX, even though I pay it off completely every months, it causes me to reevaluate my bad habits. The result is a $147 balance instead of double the amount I usually have. And that is a step in the right direction.
Bon appetit.
GI Jane

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