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Imaginary eating

Am I the only one who does this? Occasionally, I study -- on line -- the elaborate menus of untra-expensive restaurants I will never visit and figure out what I would order. I imagine what the various dishes I've ordered would smell, look and taste like. Sometimes I end up feeling almost as though I've actually eaten there and I want to eat somewhere else tomorrow! I find this very relaxing. Does anyone else do this?

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  1. I don't, but it sounds like a good way to pass the time. And adds nothing to your waistline!

    1. No, but I'll give it a try....

      1. Um, er, no.

        If I am that interested in a menu, well I go and actually eat there.


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        1. re: thegforceny

          Agreed. If the food interests me sufficiently, I aim to visit.

        2. I do that when planning vacation restaurants!

          I've eaten magnificent meals at all Paris' 3 stars restaurants! (and I've actually done one and it was worth it!).

          1. When I'm not feeling well and the thought of eating is unpleasant, I start pulling down cookbooks and reading them. My go-to food porn is "Last Dinner on the Titanic" - I'd never eat the 1st class meal in real life (although if someone were to make me that one dish with the tornedos, truffles and foie gras I'd be tempted to taste) but for some reason reading about 11 excessive courses is as good as a real food. And I don't have to wear a corset!

            1. This sounds like another way for people in Los Angeles to stay skinny.

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              1. re: rockandroller1

                Doesn't work for me, I'm afraid. If I get intrigued by a dish that looks do-able I'm likely as not to take a stab at cooking it. Even if there are expensive ingredients, so I'm likely to wind up fat AND poor.

              2. I don't do this, but sort of in the same vein...I make recipes over and over in my head. Especially when planning a dinner party where I will be making multiple courses of things I don't ordinarily make. I also do it with all baking. It not only ensure that I've worked out the details; it also relaxes me. I go to bed many nights doing this. :)

                1. I'm more of a "real eating"-"imaginary paying" kind of guy.

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                  1. I don't do that with menus, but I do it with cookbooks that I read. I can just imagine how all of the ingredients in the recipes would come together and what a dish would be like.