~ Dialogue ~ Topic 11 ~ Restaurants and Eating Out ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1) How often do you eat out? Where do you usually go? Who with? Why?
As often as possible. But it is expensive. We go to local favorite places like the sushi
restaurant across from the spa, the monk fish place tucked quietly in an alley near
our home, and the loach soup place near the mountain… What? Sorry, that one closed.
2) Do you ever drink alcoholic beverages when you eat out? What? How much?
Yes. I like to order a bottle of wine. But it’s often too expensive. Normally,
we just drink a few beers. But on special occasions we drink much more.
3) Have you ever been out to eat in a foreign country? Describe your experience.
Many times. Once we went to a rotating restaurant in Honolulu. I think it was called
Top of Waikiki. We had steak, which was good… but the view was better.
4) Do you know anyone who owns a restaurant? Do you go there often?
Yes. We know a guy who has a grilled duck place on the side of a mountain. There
are small private huts among the trees and the side dishes are always good.
5) Have your own eating habits changed over the years? How so? For what reasons?
Yes. I used to eat more fast food, burgers and fries, but not so much anymore. Now,
we think about the menu before eating out. Obviously, we are getting older and fatter.
6) What's the best/worst experience you've ever had at a restaurant? Explain.
Too many to count (on both sides). Recently, we went to a buffet restaurant that
was serving tuna belly. The place wasn’t crowded, so I ate a lot. More than I paid for.
7) Do you like eating at buffets? Why or why not? If yes, where and how often?
Buffets usually look great when you arrive but feel terrible when you leave. That
is because people usually eat too much or make bad choices. But they are fun.
8) Do you ever order food delivered to your home? What kind, when, how often?
No. We never order it. We’ve been disappointed one too many times.
9) Do you like to try new restaurants, or do you prefer to go to your favorites? Explain.
Both. It’s constantly changing. Of course we have favorites, and we have been going
to them many years. But we are always looking for a new place to add to the list.
10) How important is restaurant ambience to you? Busy or quiet? Explain.
It depends on our mood. But places with noisy children or rude drunks
are out of the question. Outdoor dining in fine weather is always good.
~ Original Questions ~ Restaurants and Eating Out ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) How often do you eat out? Where do you usually go?
2) How much do you usually pay when you eat out? Who do you usually go with?
3) Are there any restaurants in this area that serve food from other countries?
4) What kind of food do they serve? What's on the menu? Do you eat at any of them?
5) Have you ever ordered food in English? If so, when, what, and where?
1) Do you ever eat at fast food restaurants? If so, what do you order?
2) Do you ever drink alcoholic beverages when you eat out? What? How much?
3) Do you prefer eating out with drinkers or non-drinkers? Does it matter? How so?
4) Have you ever been out to eat in a foreign country? Describe your experience.
5) Do you know anyone who owns a restaurant? Do you go there often?
1) Have you ever worked at a restaurant or bar? Do you know anyone who has?
2) Do you worry about calories, fat, cholesterol, chemicals (MSG) when you go out to eat?
3) Would you send a dish back if it did not taste good or if you received the wrong food? Explain.
4) In what ways have people's eating habits changed over the years in your country?
5) Have your own eating habits changed over the years? How so?
1)Who pays when you go out for lunch or dinner? Give examples.
2) What's the worst experience (food, service, etc.) you've ever had at a restaurant?
3) Do you like eating at buffets? Why or why not? If yes, where and how often?
4) Why do you think westerners are usually heavier than Asians?
5) Do you ever order food delivered to your home? What kind, when, how often?
1) Do you like to try new restaurants, or do you prefer to go to your favorites? Explain.
2) How important is restaurant ambience to you? Do you prefer a busy or quiet atmosphere? Explain.
3) What would you do if you saw the cook smoking while preparing food? What if you saw a cockroach?
4) What would you do if children were noisy when you are trying to eat in a restaurant?
5) What would you do if your friends were smoking when you were trying to eat in a restaurant?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 11 ~ Restaurants ~ Explore the Topic ~
Revolving or rotating restaurants are usually tower restaurant eating spaces designed to rest atop a broad circular revolving platform that operates as a large turntable. The building remains stationary and the diners are carried on the revolving floor. The revolving rate varies between one and three times per hour and enables patrons to enjoy a panoramic view without leaving their seats.
Al fresco dining, or dining outdoors, is common in temperate climates and is especially popular in the summer months when temperature and weather are most favorable. It is a style of dining that is casual and often party-like in its atmosphere. The phrase al fresco is borrowed from Italian for "in the cool air", although it is not in current use in that language to refer to dining outside. Instead, Italians use the phrases fuori (outdoor) or all'aperto (in the open). In Italian, the expression al fresco usually refers to spending time in jail.
Fusion cuisine combines elements of different culinary traditions that originate from different countries, regions, and cultures. Cuisines of this type are not categorized according to any one particular style and have played a part in the innovations of many contemporary restaurant menus in the last 50 or 60 years.
Carpaccio is a dish of raw meat or fish (such as beef, veal, venison, salmon or tuna) thinly sliced or pounded thin and served mainly as an appetizer. It was invented in 1950 by Giuseppe Cipriani from Harry's Bar in Venice and popularized during the second half of the twentieth century. The beef was served with lemon, olive oil, and white truffle or Parmesan cheese. Later, the term was extended to dishes containing other raw meats or fish, thinly sliced and served with lemon or vinegar, olive oil, salt, and ground pepper.
Wine has been produced for thousands of years. The earliest known traces of wine are from Georgia (6000 BC)Iran (5000 BC) and Sicily (4000 BC). Although there is evidence of a similar alcoholic drink being consumed earlier in China (7000 BC). The earliest known winery is the 6,100-year-old Areni-1 winery in Armenia.
Asian Food Craze in America: Since the California roll made its way to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, the popularity of Asian food has been on the rise stateside. Today, you can find sushi everywhere from grocery stores to $1,000-a-plate fine-dining establishments. Entire sections of Whole Foods are even dedicated to Asian cuisine. “It’s the zeitgeist,” said Danielle Chang, founder of Luckyrice.
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and deliberation.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 11 ~ Restaurants ~ Questions for Conversation ~
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