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The All You Can Eat Buffet

Monday, May 20, 2013

I touched on this on a message board, but I really want to expand on it because I don't think people quite understood what I was getting at...

About a week ago, a friend and I went out to an all you can eat Chinese buffet that had just opened up. It had a very large selection of different foods. They had a Hibachi Grille along with a full sushi bar and a bar of Traditional (as in Americanized Traditional) Chinese food.

I made my selections -- I had a chicken on a stick, some grilled veggies and chicken with teriyaki sauce, a bite of cake and some watermelon. I thought everything was fabulous! It was very fresh and very flavorful!

When the checks came, my friend apologized to me for "not getting my moneys worth" I was a little stunned? I had a lovely dinner, I was no longer hungry, I enjoyed the food and I enjoyed the company. How did I not get my moneys worth?

I then realized that he, along with so many other people, associate eating in excess (or as my grandmother would say, making a hog out of yourself) as getting your moneys worth. I too used to be one of those people. If I didn't have 10 platefuls of food, then I didn't get my moneys worth... What is that even about? Seriously? No wonder I was so fat!

So, in conclusion, I have learned that getting your moneys worth at a restaurant isn't about being a pig and devouring everything on the table, but rather about enjoying your food and the people you are with.
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  • PATTYR81
    I TOTALLY relate to making a hog out of myself!! emoticon

    I'm working on re-training my brain to look at buffets and other restaurant meals with my family as opportunity to 'taste' tiny amts of a lot of different things.

    And as you point out: focus on enjoying my family and friends!!!
    1763 days ago
    Well said!
    1764 days ago
    Absolutely! I hope I can reset my brain to think that way too. I understand what you're saying and I agree, but the logic part of my brain is saying it needs something physical to measure to know I got my "money's worth". Good for you!!!
    1764 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    So true and well said! Funny how our views of things like that change!
    1764 days ago
    You are so right, I love what you said here and I try to remember that it doesn't have to be all I can eat (which is a TON btw) but all I WANT to eat. Two different stories. emoticon emoticon
    1764 days ago
    Good for you! Buffets are such a minefield, and you negotiated it well!
    1764 days ago
    A realization too few people have.
    1764 days ago
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