Describe a time you invited your family members to a meal at a restaurant.
- When & Where did it happen?
- Who joined in the meal
- What did everyone eat
And explain the atmosphere as well as how you felt at that time
I am going to talk about the time I invited my whole extended family to a dinner at a luxury restaurant on my 22nd birthday.
After receiving my first month's salary, I decided to treat my family members to a dinner at a famous restaurant by Saigon River. All of my aunts, uncles and cousins attended the birthday party, and what made me happy the most about is the very presence of the uncle who is an overseas Vietnamese living in Australia. He tried her best to arrange time to fly to Vietnam to join with us so I felt extremely grateful.
The dinner was in a small, cozy Italian restaurant, which created a pleasurable atmosphere for its customers. That day was in October, so the weather was quite rainy and wet, yet suitable for such an intimate gathering. Well, the restaurant that I had carefully chosen is particularly renowned for quality pizza, flavorful pasta and unique beverages and more importantly, its view overlooks the river. Actually, I had to reserve the table a week in advance, as the tables in this special place are always full. That was also my first experience of such a first-class restaurant, and it was all the more rewarding to share it with my family.
This dinner means a lot to me, as it not only marked my 22nd birthday with my beloved ones, but it was also a family reunion. I realize that family bonds, after all, are such an irreplaceable treasure for each person, and quality time with your own flesh and blood is always important.
PART 3 - HAVING MEALS WITH FAMILY
Do you eat with family members every day or not?
I only have meals with my family at weekends since my work schedule during weekdays is really tight. I normally get out of my house early in the morning and get back home pretty late from Monday to Friday. At weekends, I work only in the evening so I can have lunch with my family members.
Do you think it is important to have meals with family? Why?
Is having meals together with family popular in your country?
How do you think this tradition is going to be in the future?
Why do children nowadays spent less time eating with their family?
I think that is because of the high competitiveness in study that makes children these days have less time with their family. I'll take my cousin who is a high school student as an example. She has to immerse herself in study every day in order to win a slot in a reputable university. Therefore, she has no spare time with family members.
Why some people think that eating at home is better than eating out?
I think those who advocate eating in concern about food safety and cost. You can never ensure whether the restaurant's staff maintain qualified food hygiene. First-class restaurants would ensure food safety but having meals there is very costly. Therefore, some people prefer to have home-cooked meals.
How can you know whether your daily food is safe or not?
What type of food is normally served in a wedding in your country?
It is beer-steamed shrimp that is the popular dish appearing in most wedding menus in Vietnam. I don't really know why this food is widely-served in wedding, but I assume that it is relatively similar to lobster, which is a very luxurious type of seafood, but at a much cheaper price.
Is food at the wedding must be special or not?
Yes, food at a wedding must be special because this is an occasion in which many people gather up, from family members, friends to colleagues and neighbours. Therefore, the food must be special and even luxurious, so that the host would not become less respected by others.