I am full.
But would it be a proper BUFFET if you didn’t feel like kind of throwing up? I don’t think so!
For a snack this afternoon, I had some fresh, diced pineapple.
I thought this would hold me over, but I ended up attacking a Fibre 1 bar as well. This ended up being a smart move, because we didn’t end up going out for dinner for another few hours.
The anticipation was palpable
Because I am a “special” kind of person, I spent the entire afternoon figuring out a plan of attack for the BUFFET. I’ve been to Tucker’s many times before so I knew what to expect. Husband’s parents were down visiting and they love to go to Tucker’s. They treat, so no complaints here!
I decided to start with salads for plate #1.
Clockwise from top: cucumber dill salad, bean salad, wheatberry salad, Greek salad, curried tofu, potato dill salad, and in the middle – some sort of chickpea salad
My objective was to load up on protein. I think I succeeded. I also had a slice of whole grain bread with butter.
Plate #2 was a bit more varied:
Clockwise from top: mashed squash, curried cauliflower, carrot raisin salad, green beans, noodles, and salad I made (using mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, and shredded cheddar),
By this point, I was stuffed, but of course I had to have dessert. Through some miraculous intervention by the Dessert Gods, I ended up only having fruit. I can’t believe it! Unprecedented.
A mix of watermelon, cantaloupe, and melon. The classic fruit salad components
You had to practically roll me out of the restaurant at the time, but already I am feeling perfectly fine. I am really proud of my selections. Sure, I overdid it on the quantity, but I think I chose a healthy, colourful, wide selection. I didn’t load up on carbs and stuck to a lot of fruits and veggies. Way to go, Self.
Since starting this blog two weeks ago, I have either ordered take-out or eaten at a restaurant THREE times. That sort of behavior doesn’t really belong on a blog with the word “frugal” in the title, eh? I would really like to talk more about frugality on here, so I thought this topic would provide a good opportunity.
It’s tough being frugal when it comes to an expensive perk like eating out when you are part of a community (friends/family) that likes to. My husband and I share a love of eating (aside from meat for me, there is little that either of us won’t eat!) and eating out provides a lot of enjoyment for us. We get excited to order a pizza or Indian, or go to our favourite restaurants (Fresh for me, The Keg for him). He is my favourite dining companion and when he suggests going out or ordering in, I have a REALLY hard time saying no — even if this means eating unhealthy, expensive food.
A part of me would like to cut back, but another part of me thinks that our little dinner splurges aren’t so bad. Most of the time, we spend between $20-$30 on each “outing” and do it maybe once every week or two. That’s not too bad in the grande scheme of things. Not only does it give us a break from cooking and dishes, but it’s a chance for us to have fun as a couple. It’s a marital boost! Ok, does this sound like I am desperately trying to justify this luxury or what? 🙂
I think it’s important to really think about one’s splurges and decide if they are worth the cost. For me, splurging on clothes, movies, alcohol, or knickknacks is not worth it most of the time . But a dinner out with family or friends? Most definitely “yes”. I just try not to order the Surf and Turf with a side of caviar and bottle of Dom Perignon.