As much as possible, I always try to pack and take lunch to work everyday. For the following reasons:
1. I simply cannot stand outside food beyond a point.
2. Outside food is expensive and more importantly, fattening (gulp)!
Packing lunch everyday of course implies that I should have some food to pack in the first place. And if I need to have food, I need to cook. Sigh :-(! Actually I wouldn't mind cooking if there was no cleaning required afterwards. I just hate doing dishes. I have been washing dishes almost everyday for so many years now (dating from the time I landed in the US of A) - yet I *always* crib about it and wish I did not have to do it. But the same me goes to India and *always* washes plates and tumblers after eating due to force of habit :-/! But that's off-topic.
On most working days, a few of my colleagues and I go to lunch together. Most of these colleagues don't bring lunch and so need to walk to the food-court across the street to buy food. I accompany them with my lunch box after heating my food in the microwave. There is a nice eating place beneath a canopy of trees at the food-court where we all eat once everyone has bought their food. Sometimes my colleagues eat at the restaurants themselves and I just inform the restaurant management (even at buffet places) that I have my own food and happily join my colleagues. The restaurant folks never object.
I did not realize how common the sight of me with my lunch bag has become - till today. For a change, I had not brought my lunch to work (much to the surprise of my colleagues) and so had to buy lunch. We went to the Ethiopian buffet place in the food-court and once lunch was done, I got up to pay at the counter. And the cashier lady asked me "Oh, you did not bring your own lunch today?". Hehehehe - I did not know that I had become such a familiar sight! Maybe I am known as the "lady with a lunch bag" (like Florence Nightingale's "lady with a lamp" ;-)) in the food court :-D!
So, what do you do for lunch?