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11/25/10 3:03 P

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I switched my eating out routine from lunch and supper to breakfast, that way it was easier for me to make simpler choices either ommelette or plain egg on toast. That being said, its been THAT long since I've been inside a spur and had no idea they had lost the salad valley. That is sad. Probably underused sad to say.

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11/25/10 3:19 A

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Sadly Spur's disappearance of the salad Valley is nationwide.
They now only offer salads and veggies as extra's on their menu's.
I forgot about Kauai - I do like the princess wrap and think that according to their nutritional info, it is the lowest in cals.
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11/25/10 2:47 A

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I generally go for the chicken breast too at Spur or when the burger specials are on I have the chicken burger and I lose the bun. Problem is my local Spur seems to have "lost" the salad valley. I hope this is either temporary or a localised issue and not national trend.
Global Wrapps sound great but we don't have one in PE perhaps I need to encourage someone to take on a franchise. Just checked the web and seen there is a Kauai here, will check that one out as they provide nutritional info too. Great, thanks for the suggestion!!!

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11/25/10 2:14 A

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I usually go for the chicken breasts at spur (especially since they got rid of their fajitas, which makes me sad). otherwise, nice places for take aways can be mi vami, kauai, global wraps and nandos. while no place in sa seems to give our their nutritional info, what's nice is that now nandos has gone international and you can get their nutritional info from their other website.

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11/23/10 6:59 A

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Ah thanks for clearing that up....living in George explains why I didnt know. I actually knew a young lady who moved from George to CT and worked there, just didnt recognize the name by its abbreviation.

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11/23/10 6:56 A

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CTFM = Cape Town Fish Market



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11/23/10 6:43 A

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Ocean basket and Kingfisher both make wonderful grilled fish and salad. Its a winner.
ps what is CTFM?

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11/23/10 5:23 A

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Thanks guys
I do my best to choose what I think is the healthiest option but some places really do enjoy making potentially healthy options like vegetables as unhealthy as possible my adding cheese sauces, sugar and butter, so I am not always sure if what I thought was healthy actually is. I love CTFM as I love sushi and fish so that's always good, but I have found many times that places that are supposedly fish experts (Like the place that apparently "everyone loves" - except me)are experts in how to fry fish. I asked for the fish grilled once and it came rubbery and bland, I complained but it was as if my choosing to go for the healthier option meant I wasn't entitled to have it taste good too, I have never gone back. Will try Mugg and Bean again, haven't been there for a while. I don't eat out that often (I did kind of make it sound like I'm out every other night) but it's nice to have a night off from cooking sometimes and when choosing somewhere we have to take into account our daughter whose 3. Luckily she's become a huge fan of Sushi (particularly the raw tuna and salmon) so she doesn't ask to go to Spur any more she wants SHOOshee (her word), Expensive tastes that one. lol

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11/23/10 4:02 A

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Hi there
Karen pretty well summed it all up - I have the added difficulty of being gluten intolerant and various other things to avoid - but it is manageable altho virtually everything is crumbed, or wrapped or added to a dollop of starch :(

I often have a plain green or Greek salad (absolutely no dressing - just a couple of wedges of lemon and black pepper) with grilled chicken, or smoked salmon, or carpaccio of beef or ostrich. This is at pizza restaurants like Col Cacchio or Basilico's in Newlands, but if I go to Barristers in Newlands (and the Spur) then I have the Lady steaks - I don't do potatoes, rice or pasta - and have butternut (hopefully without the perennial South African addition of sugar!!!!)

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Oh - and leave the chocolate sauce alone - it's full of corn syrup - it's not just melted chocolate :(

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11/23/10 3:44 A

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Hi! I know how you feel, but there are ways around it. I found that the salads spur makes that has meat in them is too greasy. And one with chicken and bacon might not be the best choice - especially the bacon. Rather opt for a 200g fillet steak and a Greek salad - providing it is fresh ( I had one bad experience). Or order grilled chicken breasts - eat one and take the other one home for a home made chicken salad the next day. If you don't want their salad or veggies(which I suspect is laden with calories!) then order a small baked potato with sour cream on the side and only use a little of that for flavour.
I find my favourite place to eat is Mugg and Bean - although they don't give any nutritional info(let alone outdated ones)there is some great choices on their menu. For instance the smoked chicken salad, the smoked chicken wrap, or the Smokehouse Plantation Sandwich are great lean choices. Order with Salad and ask for no salad dressing or have it on the side.
Eating out having fish - always opt for a grilled fish - not buttered or in batter with salad or steamed veggies. (I'm thinking of a place like CTFM for instance)
There is mostly a way around bad menu's. However eating out should become a little luxury/indulgence we only have on occasion. Planned home cooked meals are best. And easier to track!

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Hi Guys
My Husband loves to eat out and we often go last minute for suppers to various restaurants around Port Elizabeth. The problem I have is I like to arm myself with some nutritional info about various places so I know what I can choose when I get there. Unlike in the UK where I felt there were more healthy options and the nutritional values are more easily available, in South Africa I find many places just don't have that many healthy options and don't give out nutritional info or give outdated info. An example is Spur. They have a chicken and bacon salad on their menu. When I sent a message to the company asking for the nutritional values they said they haven't got them for the new manu yet (this menu has been the same for over a year now) Any advice on good choice options at SA restaurants?

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