Date Night

Hi Readers!

I know my last post was just a few hours ago, but I wanted to post about our fabulous dinner date. J and I try to have a date night a few nights per month. We’ll usually go out to dinner, go to a movie, or just stay home and take a walk together. Either way it is quality time spent together.

Tonight we went to TGIFriday’s (not our usual choice) because we had a coupon. Yes, sometimes our budget speaks louder than our tastebuds! They have a new line of menu options that use Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum Sauce – so we knew we had to try it out.

(By the way my husband love love loves Captain Morgan). Look what we have hanging in our house:

Haha and yes that is hanging in the main stairway.

I ordered the Caribbean Chicken with double veggies instead of rice:

I ended up eating one of the chicken breasts and half of the veggies.

J ordered the Captain Morgan Caribbean Conga-Line Chicken Sandwich:

It looked so good. Check out all that avocado! And it came with sweet potato fries. Somehow I refrained from eating all of them. I had 2.

I try to not eat at restaurants too much because there are so many hidden calories (not to mention it gets expensive). When I do go out, I want to get something that makes me feel good (not bloated and stuffed to the gills). I thought I would share some of my Restaurant Eating Tips. There aren’t very many, but I think they are pretty helpful. Do you have additional tips to share?

  1. Do your research. Choose the restaurant BEFORE you go and check out their menu online. This way you can make a decision before getting to the restaurant and being influenced by smells, specials or your friends/family!
  2. Check out the “diet” menu. This should really be labeled “Normal Food for Normal People”, not “diet” food. I’ve heard Cheesecake Factory’s diet menu is actually labeled “Weight Management Menu”. Are they trying to shame people out of ordering from there? But really, check this part of the menu out. They usually have lower calorie options because they are closer to what REAL portions should be!
  3. Choose meat/veggies over a burger/sandwich. Unless the sandwich is served on super wheaty, grainy, crusty bread, to me those calories aren’t worth it. I’d rather get a nice piece of protein and some veggies, because eating those types of meals make me feel good and they make my body look good. I will also ask to sub extra veggies instead of foods I don’t really want: rice, baked potato, french fries, etc.
  4. Ask for sauce/dressing on the side when able – or sometimes I’ll ask for half the amount of sauce, etc. Make requests – but be nice about it. Smile, be polite and be kind.
  5. When you get your plate, decide how much you are going to eat, and eat only that much (or less). I don’t know about you, but I grew up in the Clean Plate Club and I have a hard time determining my satiety. I try to eat only half (or less) of my restaurant meal. Usually I will divide it up on my plate, eat my half and then ask for a to go box.
  6. TAKE YOUR TIME. This goes for eating at a friend’s house or at your own house! Along with the Clean Plate Club I belonged to the Scarf Your Food Down As Quickly As Possible Club (or SYFDAQAPC for short). Now I take a bite and actually chew it (what a concept, right?) before taking another bite. Sometimes I put my fork down between bites to use up time so that my brain can catch up with my stomach.

Question: Do you have any restaurant eating tips you like to use?

Next J and I are going to see Inception. I know, I feel like I keep writing about this, but I’m so excited to see it. Tomorrow I’ll post pics of our nice theater that we go to. The last movie I saw was Eclipse (which was kind of a disappointment to be honest…)

Question: What was the last movie you saw in the theater? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Have a great night everyone!