Daily Archives: February 21, 2010

Swift and the Art of Eating a Buffet

Yours Truly is a hardcore foodie. A shameless, careless, ‘I don’t give a damn when I’m eating’ kind of passionate foodie. Doesn’t even my blog title reflect that? πŸ˜‰ Recently, thanks to a friend who’s flying to ‘Chiggago’ (Thanks da Loga ;)) this week, we had a king sized treat last Wednesday at Barbeque Nation’s Live grill. We are sure, the restaurant would surely have us in their black-list, and would turn us down the next time, any of us visits them, fearing bankruptcy.

Economics drives our lives. And a simple rule of Economics, is to get back maximum returns for every paisa spent. Buffets are a similar story as well. No matter how much of a ‘propah’, gentleman type socialite you are, lets face it, when it comes to food, most of us get as ‘local’ as possible. We need our ‘kudutha kaasu ku soru’ don’t we? πŸ˜€ That aside, there is a certain art of eating at a Buffet, to maximise returns, that not everyone knows. πŸ˜€ And today, I am going to let you into that little secret.

Leave decency at home

There may be a lot of cute guys and girls around you. But trust me, they don’t give a damn about what you are eating. They have more important things to take care of. Like the food on their plate. Remember, everyone at a buffet is there to eat as much as they can. So throw away your inhibitions, get your plates loaded, and your mouth stuffed. πŸ˜€

Go scouting

Scout the lineup and make a mental plan of how you want to go about it. Give weightage to the starters, and then proceed to go for the main course/deserts.

Have a tasting round

Take small, bite sized portions of the menu on that you wish to eat, before actually heaping it up. That way you’ll know what’s delicious out there, and what you can pass. After you’ve decided on what you want to eat, then go and attack the lineup.

Don’t eat something that you don’t want to eat

Feel free to not eat those what you don’t feel like eating. Leave it, it’ll do more harm than good.

Change those plates

The plates at buffets are usually small. This has been designed specifically to keep you from eating a lot. So go ahead, discard those plates after each helping. Start fresh everytime, I say. πŸ˜›

Tissues are your friends

And ditch those forks and spoons when eating. Sure it gets messy, but then that’s why tissues were invented. πŸ˜‰

Never end those Starters

Starters are usually the most tastiest on the menu, and most times not too heavy on the tummy. So go ahead and stuff ’em in.

Only sip water

But don’t overdo it. Water is to wash down those dry crumbs down that may have been stuck in your oesophagus. Too much water will fill your tummy and the buffet will not seem that inviting with a full tummy. Go easy on the drinks.

Don’t get initimidated

You’ll see a sea of food laid out in front of you. You will be blown away by the choices, and just looking at it will fill your tummy. But remember, that is there specifically to intimidate you. Don’t be. Keep telling yourself that their selection is really small, and you’ll be amazed at the gastronomical feast that you’ll achieve.

Less carb, more food

Cut those carbs out of your buffet menu. Carbs fill you up pretty fast. So try and minimize the rice items, rotis, naans and other carbs in the food.

Remember the Desserts

People are usually so full by the time they reach the desserts that it ends up as a mere formality than something to savour. Check out the desserts pretty early on. If they are worth it, reserve some space for them at the end. But remember, too much sweets can be bad for you.

And that’s some of the points that I can think of right now. I’ll add when I can think of anything new. I am already hungry talking of food. Dinner time baby. πŸ˜€

Alrighty, I know what you are thinking. Ok boss, all this gyan on food is perfectly OK, and we thank you for it. But why the bloody hell, does the title of the post say ‘Swift and the Art of Eating a Buffet’? Well… You see, I don’t exactly like the new, egg-like Zen. Swift is my love, my car. And I love it as much as my food.

πŸ˜€ Bon AppΓ©tit. πŸ˜€


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