Thursday, August 10, 2017

4 Reasons to Share Your Next Meal #ChooseTheTable

I am not going to lie to you. 

I hardly cook. I live off pre-made meals, snacks, and quesadillas. 

I am one of 53 % Americans who eat breakfast alone and a part of the 45% of Americans who eat lunch alone. Dinner is the only meal I tend to share with friends – at least during the week. (Source: Washington Post)

I mainly eat alone because I’m usually on the go. So my bagel comes with me into the vanpool in the morning and my lunch time salad sits next to my keyboard, mouse, and of course my phone.

As fun as eating alone is (it’s not really all that fun), I truly do enjoy sharing my meals with my friends and family. I love the conversations that happen over the food. And I love catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a while. 

I know many of us tend to eat alone. So when Dietz & Watson invited me to join in their #ChooseTheTable Campaign, I was really excited. Four other food bloggers and I were lucky enough to experience a private dinner cooked by Giselle Wellman. I had such great time and was inspired to write a post from my experience.

So today I wanted to share 
4 Reasons to Share Your Next Meal with Family & Friends 

1. Quality Time
This is probably the most important reason why you should sit down to share a meal with family and friends. Life continues to become busier and busier for everyone. It’s important to take the time to invest and nurture our relationships. 

For me personally, my family and friends are an incredible support system. I know I would not be the person I am today if I didn’t have their love and support. One of my favorite ways to spend quality time with my loved ones is over a meal. 

2. Try New Foods Together
Whether you’re making a meal at home or at a restaurant, trying new foods together is always a fun experience to share. I have friends who love trying new foods and other friends who steer clear of any different textures or spices.

Regardless of your comfort level of trying new foods, when you do decide to try something new to eat with a friend or partner, you choose to share a new experience. 

I’ve found that I often fall into my rhythm and my routine. Though I try to rotate my breakfast and lunch items, my choices of food can get pretty repetitive. I love breaking up my familiar routine by simply trying a new dish with a friend. I love that practice of getting out of comfort zone. And I love it when I find something new and delicious to eat.

3. Experience Traditions
Some of my favorite memories growing up are the ones celebrating birthdays and holidays with my family. And like any big Filipino family, our celebrations are centered on food.

To this day, I still sit around the dining room table with my mom and sister to wrap lumpia. To this day, I have to carefully peel the rice wrappers and attempt to roll the lumpia as neatly as my mom. It still takes a few hours to roll a couple hundred pieces for a family celebration. But the time around the dining room table is the quality time I spend with my family. 

4. Beyond the Tweet, Facebook Post, and Status Update
Our social media updates are just pieces of our lives we choose to publish in our documented world. More likely than not, these updates tend to be positive, polished pieces of our lives. For instance, I posted about getting into a Master’s program, getting a new puppy, and traveling to Europe all in one year. 

But when I sit down and I catch up with friends, I share the journey, the heart aches and headaches of all of those things. It’s only when I share meals with loved ones that truly get to speak about the adversity of the endeavors. And in return, I hear about their highs and lows of the last few months since I’ve seen them last. 

No status update can replace reconnecting with friends. 

Now for my Washington state family & friends
you have a chance to win a private dinner with a guest with Dietz & Watson! Chef Giselle Wellman (she was on Top Chef!) will be cooking for you on September 9th at Gig Harbor, WA. All you have to do is enter your information here

#ChooseTheTableSEA Entries Close: August 26th! Good luck and hope you have a wonderful time at the next meal you share with family and friends!

Thank you for reading!



  1. This tray looks so delicious. I love it.

  2. This looks awesome, Emma! I love sharing food with family and friends! Thanks for such a great read <3
    - Aani