Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

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Living On The Edge

June 11, 2013

I’ve been experimenting lately and eating out at restaurants more and cooking a bit less. This is really living on the edge for me given all the food allergies I have BUT I have found that most places are really nice and accommodating. I’ve only gotten sick a couple of times and only mildly. Eventually I’m going to write a post about how “gluten free” is very nearly meaningless to me and why it should make everyone take a second look. Not right now though, right now it is summer time and I’m getting ready to cook A LOT more because, well, I enjoy the grill. First up will be some scrumptious seafood (recipes to follow) and then some land dwellers, I have quite a few new things in mind.

That’s right, after this week, I’m putting the restaurants away for a while and getting back into my kitchen so more recipes and more, hopefully, yummy food.

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Ugh, Tacos, Tacos & More Tacos

July 26, 2012

When I first started my company and hired my first minion about 8 years ago now, tacos were big. We would go get tacos for almost any occasion. I still remember the feast of tacos and burritos we had when we crossed the 100 incident ticket threshold. Before long we would simply make up reasons to go, “Oh it’s Monday, must need tacos!” We had a great place we went to near the office that has since closed (sad face) but they were excellent and cheap as Mexican food in America should be. As we grew the company we would always have tacos on an employee’s first day and last day (whether they attended or not was irrelevant, it was a reason to have tacos), great fun. I wish this story ended happily but it doesn’t. Don Tequila closed (they moved to Pennsylvania, like seriously, the whole business just moved one state over) and we stopped getting tacos because it wasn’t as convenient. Now I wish that was the end of my taco problem but it isn’t, before I started this eating path, I still found a taco place at least once a week. Yummy toasted corn shells, yum.

Anyway, now that I’ve been on this path for a while and yes I do still have cravings (mmm pizza) but by and large I resist them. This week though has been utterly and incredibly stressful on me so it is with no small amount of shame that I admit to you I cheated last night. I had a taco because stress eating is still a problem for me. The point of the story is that a food I have loved all my life (tacos) no longer tastes good to me, I literally almost spit it out before I realized it wasn’t the filling, it was the corn shell, I just didn’t like the “fakeness” of it anymore. I’ve been on my new way of eating for less than 6 months and it has erased my taste for a food I have eaten for longer than 37 years!

I have to tell you that I feel stupid for eating this way for so long. What crap! I mean, the food used to taste good to me but now as I think of all the grease-drippy food I’ve eaten at various mexican places all over the country (and world, actually in Mexico too) it kinda makes me feel ill. I’m trying not to beat myself up too much over cheating with one tiny taco because it did at least teach me a valuable lesson. I learned that even though I might be missing pizza (my absolute favorite food) I should be happy to just remember it as I think it was because if I have a slice, I might figure out I don’t like it anymore.

 

 

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A Little Mexican Can’t Hurt, Right?

June 8, 2012

Went to a new Mexican place last night. Second night this week of eating out so that’ll be it for a while. I had what is basically a stone bowl with grilled steak, shrimp and peppers so it wasn’t that bad. I think I’m going to immerse myself in Mexican cooking for a while and see what I can come up with. More to come.

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Restaurants and “Healthy” Food

June 6, 2012

What I’m learning is that basically, eating at restaurants a lot is simply not good for you. I know, I know, stop the presses and issue a full alert. My lovely wife and I used to eat out ALL the time, 5 sometimes 6 days a week because, well, it was easier than cooking even though we both love to cook, go figure. I’m not talking about fast food restaurants either, I’m talking about local places and a few chains (very few, we stayed away from a lot of them). You would think we would’ve been doing okay by staying local and out of the chains, as I’m learning this couldn’t be further from the truth.

I have always liked to taste my food along with the spices and herbs that complement it. I never needed a lot of fancy sauce or large amounts of condiments to go with it, just food, a little spice and sometimes butter. Mostly I would order from the “from the grill” section that most places have some version of, thinking that would limit a lot of the sodium, fat, etc that gets added with extra sauce. Again not because I was worried about that sort of stuff but because I like to taste my food and not a salt lick. As I look through some of the nutritional info of even some of our favorite local places I am kind of horrified with what I’m finding.

Salmon and Rice, in my head was pretty healthy but when you pack on 500mg of sodium and the added butter (or variant) the lower calorie and fat content is virtually wiped out. This is the same with a lot of the “grilled chicken” salads even before you add the horror show that is salad dressing offerings in restaurants. When I think back to all the stuff I used to eat it makes me wonder (given what I know for sure now) how I ever stayed at even the large weight I was. This stuff is basically poison (and no I’m not being overly dramatic) and I was eating it almost every day, sometimes for every meal. I’m pretty sure I’m not a dumb person, well mostly sure anyway but revelations like this make me wonder.

Again I’m learning things that I’m pretty sure I always knew but just kept hidden from myself. I do enjoy food again, I can actually taste it and I don’t feel as if I’m drowning in a bucket of thick oil after I eat. You know that feeling, just after you eat, where there is this coating in your mouth and runs down your throat, right? Come on, I can’t be the only one with that feeling. Anyway, I’m sure eventually I will eat out at places more regularly than I am currently and I hope that by then I’m smart enough to make much better choices than I used to.