How to decline a dinner invitation from bad cooks, but still see them?
June 8, 2014 1:18 PM Subscribe
My wife and I are foodies, her relatives are terrible cooks. How do we decline their dinner invitation while still getting the chance to see them?
posted by Netzapper to Human Relations (58 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm traveling for work next week, and my wife is coming along. A relative of hers lives in the town we're going to. We'd like to see them, and they suggested dinner at their house.
But we are foodies, and they are very bad cooks. Specifically, they're pathologically concerned about "health", at the complete expense of all flavor or common sense. Their rigid health food rules are derived from a complex, idiosyncratic view of human nutrition that they've personally developed. While it's okay for them to eat that way, I (and my wife) would rather not be rude dinner guests and not eat very much or any of what they've prepared.
We want to see them, but we don't want to eat at their house. Usually, I would simply invite them out to dinner, but I've been unemployed and cannot afford it.
How do we see them without eating their food?