Thursday, August 11, 2011
I ordered a chicken burger for lunch, thinking it would be like all the other chicken sandwiches I've had in Costa Rica - grilled or pan-cooked chicken (a la plancha, or a la parilla) on toasted sliced bread, with tomato and lettuce - and I requested no sauce.
Turned out the chicken was lightly breaded and fried, and served on a huge chunk of Italian-type bread.
Okay, so I should have ASKED how the chicken was prepared. I should have ASKED for grilled. But I had had a chicken sandwich from them previously, that was grilled. So I wasn't expecting this at all.
What to do? I couldn't send it back, since we'd waited about 30 minutes for the food, and we had a plane to catch. Plus the place is new, run by a few guys we'd chatted with - so I didn't want to make a big deal out of it.
So I took off half the bread, and made it open-faced. Bread calories cut in half. I took a few napkins and squeezed as much oil out of the fried chicken as I could, saving a few more cals. It wasn't a thick kind of breading, easy to pull off - it was more of a light coating of flour. Not much to do but eat it. So I did.
Ah well - it just reminds me that I need to ASK. This is key. If I'm in a foreign country, or at a new restaurant, where I don't know how something is prepared - I need to ASK.
I'm my own best advocate. So I need to advocate for myself. This is a reminder to myself to DO that.