All The World’s a Buffet and all the Men and Women Merely Eaters…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Read any Shakespeare lately? Well I tweaked his lines a bit – I think it’s much more apt, don’t you?
This weekend I’m going to a lodge resort about an hour out of town. Going to this lodge resort is like stepping back 50 years in time. There are no televisions, no alarm clocks, no stereos. And don’t you dare pull out your cell phone in sight of anyone else. And if it rings, oh boy are you in trouble. The resort’s motto is ‘Eat, Sleep, Read’. Well, I have all three down to a science I tell ya. I try to get back here at least once a year. It’s a great way to unwind and get away from watching so much tv and get away from my computer…and ipad… and any other internet requiring device. Because there is no internet available. I can’t go completely offline of course, I do have my phone :). But the screen is small!
Anyway, so this lodge has one main lodge situated on a rock bluff on the ocean with 300 degree views of the surrounding islands. The main room is a massive space where people can mingle, curl up on a big couch in front a giant fire, do a puzzle, read a book, take a nap. The main lodge is surrounded by a bunch of little cabins that range from hotel-room like setup with in-suite washroom etc. down to the field cabins where all you get is a bed, a lamp, a wood stove and communal washrooms down the trail (although rustic, these are actually my favourite! But I couldn’t get one this time so I’m staying in a room in the main lodge). There’s lots of other outdoor things to do like take a walk on the trails through the forests or on the beach, play tennis, use their bikes or go kayaking, sit in the hot tub or take a shower under the sky in the outdoor tree shower. And then there’s the food…oh the food.
The cost of staying at the lodge includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon and evening snacks. The overall cost is really reasonable – they do this on purpose because their philosophy is everyone should be able to afford a vacation. And they even discount for single people. So if it’s just you staying there, they only charge for one person instead of two. It’s nice – being a single person this doesn’t happen often and I usually have to foot the bill for a regular hotel room etc. on my own. The lodge has been serving the same menu on the same night for at least 40 years. They tried to change it once about 15 years ago and people were up in arms. So Friday night is the seafood buffet with salmon, curried prawns, rice etc., Saturday is prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. Breakfast is an assortment of cold items (cereal, fruit, muffins etc.) and anything you want from the kitchen (bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast etc.), lunch is lasagna and salad and soup and make-your-own sandwiches. Snacks are cookies or squares. And ALL of it is served buffet style.
Now, I don’t know about you, but in my life, I’ve usually seen a buffet as a challenge. How much could I get for the price I’m paying. And shamefully, I think I won that challenge quite a few times.
So this weekend I am faced with not one buffet but a weekend of them. An entire weekend where I didn’t have to prepare anything and I can choose whatever I want and as much as I want from the spread in front of me. I can’t exactly saunter up to the buffet with my food scale and measuring cups in hand, so how am I going to do this!? I can estimate of course – but the bigger question is how do I stop myself from taking ‘just a tad more’ and going back for seconds etc.? I avoid ‘all-you-can-eat’ situations now so that I don’t lose control but I don’t have much of a choice in this situation. All I can do is try my best to estimate and choose the best items I can.
All this is easier said than done of course – I mean – PRIME RIB AND YORKSHIRE PUDDING people! WITH GRAVY. But I will try. That’s all I can say – I will try my best. And I will also make a plan to get some exercise this weekend as part of changing my thoughts around what a vacation looks like. I remember thinking my brother and his fiancé where crazy when they’d get up and go for a run in the morning while we were on vacation. I mean – we’re on vacation for freak’s sake! But I need to get that type of thinking into my own head – where I WANT to use the free time I have on my vacation to get exercise and feel good! So that will be my goal this weekend. That and not eating my weight in prime rib….