This post is written in collaboration with EatNow
Ah, the cry of children from across the globe, generally immediately the time they walk in the door after school.
Then again seven seconds after they have orally vacuumed an oversized bowl of their after-school-snack of preference.
Oh, and when they feel enough time has lapsed between them refusing to eat that which you have lovingly slaved over and what they deem to be your attention span.
Cooking the evening meal is not up there amongst the favourite tasks that need doing by Mums.
Personally, I don’t mind it. I find it relaxing and it enables me to wield a knife in one hand, and a glass of wine in the other.
No need for a free hand or seven to steer adequately through a drive through, reach back and grab whatever implement is being used by one child to torment his sibling, or reach down behind the seats to locate whatever this week’s favourite item is to in order to put a stop to the traumatic screaming going on from the back seat.
Still, there are some days I simply cannot be fagged and it is those times that I resort to a takeaway of sorts. None of this being organised with pre-prepared frozen meals, all of which I spent a Sunday whipping up.
Not one to enjoy that whole going out for takeaway, nor sifting through the paraphernalia on the table to find anything resembling a menu, I am quite taken with such sites as Eat Now; where one may peruse a vast range of local (or not so local) takeaway and delivery joints and place an order without picking up the phone.
I guess the bonus of this, too, is if one wants pizza and one wants Japanese, you can do the same in almost, but not quite, the same hit. Or, if you have two devices, you could very well do both at the same time.
Yes, it works on your desktop as well as your smarty devices, like smartphones and tablets. Oh, and it’ll take secure payment via your credit or debit cards, as well as PayPal, or COD if you prefer.
I did give it a go – the rather delicious Mizu Sushi Bar – and it was a rather simple process. No overwhelm, phone in one hand, glass of wine in other, I chose the time I wanted it delivered – they were within 5 minutes! – and it meant I could get dinner organised at 4.00p.m. for 6.00p.m. Then all I had to worry about was getting my pyjamas on.
You can also peruse your food by name, cuisine, reviews, or even what offers they’ve got going on that week.
I also quite liked the reminders via email and SMS once the order was placed, complete with contact details should you need to get in touch with the establishment for any reason.
Although depriving me of the enjoyment I get from cooking, it did also provide me with a very sensible answer to two very sizeable dilemmas I was facing that evening; the first being my unwillingness to prepare a meal that night, the second being my severe aversion to all things drive through and fast food outlet.
Win-win as far as I’m concerned.
If you’re up for it, you can download the 2013 Winner of the Oria Best App, Online Retail Industry Awards EatNow App at https://www.eatnow.com.au/