Describe a dinner that you really enjoyed.
You should say:
When it was
What you ate at the dinner
Who you had dinner with
And explain why you enjoyed the dinner
I had a really enjoyable dinner with my family on my birthday. It was a few months ago, actually. We went for a buffet meal at a big hotel not far from where I live. I love seafood, and this buffet specializes in great seafood – lobsters, crabs, scallops, all sorts. Myself, my mother and father and a friend attended the dinner, and we had a really great time – we ate a tremendous amount of food, and also lots of desserts and wine. I was completely full by the end of it, and frankly felt a little bit sick. I think I had been way too greedy to be honest. But, like I said, I love seafood and this place is excellent for a stunning variety of seafood and also has an incredible range of sweets and pastries and cakes to finish off with. I’ll certainly go back again, perhaps when it’s the birthday of one of my friends or family members. Everyone had a fantastic time and said they would certainly like to return again in the future. It was a little on the expensive side, but definitely worth it.
1. What’s the difference between eating at home and eating out on a special occasion?
Well, there’s a lot of difference! Eating at home is a more everyday thing. And eating out on a special occasion is, well... a lot more special I guess! I mean, at home we would cook fairly normal tasty dishes and sit around and have dinner, maybe watch TV and chat casually. Whereas at a formal restaurant you might try much more exquisite foods, intricate dishes, and things you’d not normally be able to create at home – at least not without a lot of ingredients and preparation. So, there are a few key differences. Another difference is atmosphere. If you choose a particularly famous or elegant restaurant, your dining experience will be a lot more special – have a lot more atmosphere and put you in a totally different mood, than if you were to just sit at home and eat dinner. People also often dress up to eat out, which adds an extra element of mood at ambience.
2. Why do people like to have food on special occasions?
Food, in many cultures of the world, is an important thing to share, and dinners are a time when people relax and share food, drinks and conversation. These occasions, the world over, are often times when people relax, tell each other stories, gossip a little, and let their hair down. It’s good to get to know people better, and food is always a good way to get people together – in my culture it’s a very important social occasion and is also something that underscores many business relationships too.
3. Is a country’s identity associated with its culinary culture?
Most definitely. Some countries more than others, of course. In my culture it most certainly is. We have a large country of many regions and regional variations in cuisine. I think quite a few countries are the same actually. So it’s not only about a country’s culture, but also the culture of different regions of a country. Food also goes beyond cultural barriers and isn’t really related to politics or anything people may have contentious differences about, it’s a sort of unifying thing having dinner with people, rather than something that divides people. I think this is the positive thing about coming from a country where food is such an important part of our cultural heritage.