"Best" restaurants usually tend to serve more appropriate portion sizes, anyways. It's the mid-range/family type restaurant that tends to bulk up every plate with more starch than a person needs to eat in a week.
So, yes, I'm all for finding something that is "fine dining". It's win-win in that it will be memorable, a great meal, AND probably not an utter diet-busting carb-fest.
Tip: don't pick from the bread basket. share an appetizer. drink wine rather than mixed cocktails. eat slowly... extend the meal, savour the ambiance, atmosphere, time-together while you slowly savour the flavour of fantastically-prepared food. Pick something like steak or chicken or lamb (yeah, lamb is rich, but they'll only give you a couple chops!! It's a "savouring" food, higher calorie density but smaller portion!)... avoid main dishes that are built around a lot of starch (i.e. pasta).
Share a dessert, why not. Sharing is a nice together-way to enjoy food, while keeping your portion size under control.
And most of all... enjoy! Congratulations :)
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6/20/13 12:48 P
I would agree with all who suggested the best restaurant in town and splurge on the calories a bit. This is a wonderful occasion, worthy of a wonderful evening. Congratulations!!!
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6/20/13 12:22 P
Congratulations!!!! A lot of restaurants post their menus and sometimes nutritional info online. If so, take a look at what they offer before you go so you can make good choices. I find a small sirloin is usually a good choice. Shellfish is usually diet friendly and shrimp or even a lobster should fit into your plans. If you eat at the lower end of your range for a day or two before or after, it should kind of balance out if you eat a little over your range.
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1,216 6/20/13 11:24 A
There were definitely good suggestions made by previous posters. And just about anywhere you go, there are more than like ways that you can make your dinner choice healthier. You can always ask for steamed veggies or a salad instead of mashed potatoes or fries. A steak is also a surprisingly lower-cal option!
And if you want to finish your celebration with a glass of wine or dessert, pick something to split, or don't eat everything on your plate.
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6/19/13 2:07 P
I agree--go to the best restaurant in town. You get engaged once in your life (hopefully :) ). If you blow your calories a bit, you can make up for it by eating at the low end of your range the rest of your week. And as a previous poster said, you don't have to eat everything on your plate. Go, live your life, celebrate!
And congratulations! :)
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9,705 6/19/13 2:03 P
One good meal does not a diet blow.
Seriously. There's a time to worry about your waistline. Celebrating the biggest decision in your entire life is not that time. :) Enjoy yourself, and don't worry about it. One meal will not make you gain 10 lbs and undo everything you've worked for (just avoid the scale for a few days, as there's usually a bit of water retention after restaurant food thanks to the sodium. It's not true weight gain, so it's not worth stressing over.)
A steakhouse maybe? Petite filet, a vegetable side and a glass of wine can easily be around 500 calories, if you watch your portions. (Just make sure to ask about prep - a lot of places cook steak and everything else with butter.)
Edited by: JAMIRBLAZE at: 6/19/2013 (13:32)
6/19/13 1:11 P
My boyfriend proposed last Thursday. :) I'd really like to find a nice restaurant we could go to celebrate, just the two of us, y'know? But, I'm not willing to blow my diet completely. Any suggestions?
Requirements: Not fish! Shellfish is okay though. Must be a sit down nice-ish restaurant. I'm willing to splurge so let's say under 700 calories, although preferably under 500. Suggestions?
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