When I was a child restaurant meals were very rare, the stuff of vacation travel and anniversary dinners. My father carried a homemade lunch to work, just as we children carried ours to school. When we did eat out, the food was rather ordinary—though I'll admit I thought a Howard Johnsons hot dog followed by their special peppermint stick ice cream was the highlight of many a vacation.
I wouldn't trade our homemade meals and family dinners for any five-star restaurant, but what I love about eating in the 21st century is the great variety of food now available from cultures and traditions all over the world. From Indian to Korean, Ethiopian to Moroccan, Thai to Lebanese—this is a great time to be eating!