When I'm home, food is not just food. It is not just a meal. It's always an experience, an enjoyment. In Baltimore, I feel like eating out is a resort. A "hmm what will I eat? Oh I guess I'll just eat this.." because I can say that there is nothing that I am ever dying to eat.
However, in California, I have a list of places to go and pieces to eat. I think that's why I cook every day, almost every meal. I love love love going out to eat, and I have great restaurants just paces away from my door, but nothing is fabulous. Nothing makes me go "mmm". Nothing has me salivating.