I'm not sure if I've mentioned this habit that Danny and I have developed over the past year or so here, but if you've eaten out with us recently, you've probably noticed that we...consult...one another more than most couples might when out to eat. There's a reason for that. 9.5 times out of 10, Danny and I decide which two dishes on the menu we are the most interested in, and then order those two, with the full intention that each of us is going to get half of both. After sharing in this manner for a while now, and realizing that we may never go back to eating out "the old way," we made a list of the reasons we just can't stop, plus our ground rules that make the method work.
Five Reasons Why We Always Share & Split Our Food (at Restaurants)
1. Things are best when enjoyed in moderation.
2. You get to try more dishes - variety is the spice of life!
3. Eating the same foods creates more shared memories...
4. ...which means double the enjoyment. First eating the food, then remembering eating the food together.
5. Finally, if one or both of the dishes are bad then one person isn't stuck with a bad dish.
Our Ground Rules for Sharing & Splitting Food
1. There's no changing your mind once the food comes out.
2. We're talking 50/50 here. Not, "oh, can I have a bite of yours when it comes out?"
3. For that matter, there is no yours. There is no mine. There is only our food. Both parties have an equal ownership stake in whatever comes out on that tray.
4. This is more like a tip, but it helps to divide things in half before you start eating. Otherwise, you might forget where the halfway point was. Also, this enables both parties to eat the different dishes in whatever order they prefer.
D - A couple years ago, I put to words a truth which had always existed in my life, but I had never fully realized. The best things in life are better when shared and enjoyed by others. I'm not sure if this is the extrovert in me talking, but I'm inclined to believe that it's true of all humanity. Think about it. The best things in life are better when shared and enjoyed by others. That's why when something amazing or funny happens, I instinctively look around to see who I can share the experience with, and I'm willing to bet you do the same thing. Sharing something enhances your enjoyment of that thing (so long as the person you're sharing it with also enjoys it - which is why Shannon and I don't watch superhero movies together).