That doesn’t sound boring at all! Cooking is one of my favorite pastimes and way to decompress. I’m in Oakland, so every so often I get tempted into going to Berkeley Bowl and dropping money on artisanal [fill in the blank] but also have been trying to find deals at farmers’ markets, etc. Also trying to make good use of the bulk bins at the new Sprouts near my apartment.
And to your point about alcohol, I think that is a big culprit in my grocery and dining out spending. A couple of drinks with dinner quickly multiplies the bill. The few times I’ve eaten out while doing the Whole30, I’m always pleasantly surprised at how much more reasonable the bill seems.