Saturday, April 18, 2015
The kid is away on a birthday sleepover so the husband and I had dinner alone - like a date! Unencumbered by children, did we go to a cozy bistro? A romantic cafe? No, we busted our bellies at a sprawling buffet in a strip mall.
Colleagues at work had recommended this to us - a new Japanese seafood buffet, which required a 30 minute drive to the suburbs. There were two long counters with a wide assortment of sushi and Japanese salads. The second third of the restaurant were two hot tables full of warm Chinese dishes, mostly seafood. And the final third of the selection were the desserts.
We love Japanese, and we love seafood, and who doesn't enjoy a buffet once in a while? So we belly-busted. But in a responsible way, which may seem like an oxymoron. a) I ignored the dessert section entirely, except for a small amount of fruit. b) I had only two pieces of sushi, since I'm still watching carbs so I'm limiting my rice, but I gutted several additional pieces for the fish and I had some of the Japanese salad. c) I had generous portions of seafood (shrimp, squid, octopus, clams, crab) and vegetables, and small amounts of my favorites of the few meats available (beef short ribs and braised pigs feet - seriously yum!). d) I picked up my food items with tongs and shook free most of the sauce before depositing on my plate. I think a few of the customers looked at me strangely because it took a long time for me to pick out my green beans, one by one, while shaking off the sauce, but I didn't care!
I did my best to track as accurately as possible when I got home, and dinner came to ~600 cals. This is more than my typical dinner of late, but not nearly as much damage as I could have done. I'm still full, and dinner was almost six hours ago - oof! No need for a night-time snack today! (I am still thinking fondly of the braised pigs feet, which was delish. This was one of my Mom's specialties. The restaurant made it with a different sauce, but it still reminded me of home.)