i'm very picky about what i eat and where i eat it. i love seeking out interesting, delicious foods whenever i go on trips or move to a new city. it's a hobby of mine and i look forward to it. however, i find that the people i associate with--friends, family--are content meeting up at local chain restaurants. it really goes against my principles (for reasons other than chowhounding...supporting local businesses, etc.) to eat at these chains. so i find myself trying to make other types of plans with people besides eating out (like hiking, movies, etc.) because i don't want to eat the food at chains nor waste money eating at them. only problem is: most friends don't want to do anything else but meet up for lunch/dinner and they are usually not open to anything but chains. how do other chowhounders deal with this? i like my friends but i can't eat at chains just to sustain friendship...is the chowhounder's life a lonely one??? am i weird because i want each meal to be delicious and if i'd rather cook at home than spend money on crappy food???