Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Eat All You Can Rule

Eat All You Can

Last Wednesday, my friends and I got together to "brainstorm" about our plans on celebrating Jejo's birthday blowout.  Ever since we started working, we made it a point to celebrate each other's birthday doing something that we've never done before.  Last year we went bowling on my birthday, we went to a comedy bar on Jejo and Maude's birthday combined and we went to E.K. to celebrate Nhix's.  Noreen's birthday came in too early for this idea, but anyway, we went to ACE Water Spa for her late birthday celebration last month.  Our original plan for Jejo and Maude's birthday this year (supposedly to be combined again since their birthdays are only 4 days apart) was to go to Manila Ocean Park.  But due to her expensive lifestyle (haha :p), Maude can't afford to spend for us pa.  So we needed a Plan B.

Anyhoo.. this post is not about our Plan B (intro lang yun, haha), this is about what we did instead of thinking about plan B (haha) -- pigging out.

We met at Alphaland Southgate Mall in Magallanes that night and instead of eating on the fastfood chains that we usually go to, we chose to eat at Chef D' Angelo.  We chose to eat there not because we are willing to spend a fortune for a dinner date that would only last for more or less 2 hours.  We were lured to dine there because of the "Eat all you can" tarp outside! Haha!  I don't know if they do that everyday, I've only seen it twice, but they offer an all you can eat buffet of pasta (spaghetti and carbonara), pizza (hawaiian, four cheese, pepperoni), caesar salad and soup for 150 pesos but for a limited time only (6pm to 9pm).

Our dinner date inspired me to create my 26th rule.

When you dine in to any restaurant and availed of an "all you can eat" promo, you should follow the instruction to just eat what you can.  Do not eat all you want, do not eat all you should, most especially do not eat what you think your money deserves.  The promo did not say that.  Why am I saying this?  Because I, and I guess my friends as well, did not follow what the tarpaulin said.  Although I know that there are consequences  if I wouldn't be able to chow down everything that was in my plate (they'll let you pay double the charge if you have leftovers), I never thought about it at the time,  I was just happy that I can put any amount of carbonara and salad and pizza on my plate.  I never stopped to think if I actually can eat all of them, I just threw them all in and that, my friends, was my first mistake.  I ate all I want. 

After I emptied my first plate, although I was so full, I still had the feeling that I should come back for more.  I was thinking "what the heck, I paid for an unlimited supply of italian goodies, why should I limit myself to just one plate?", and so I went back.  My second mistake.  I ate all (I thought) I should and what I thought my money deserved.

I guess anybody who's not always eating "buffet style" can relate to what I did.  Most especially for first timers, we wanted to have a taste of it all, right?  We don't think if everything is at our capacity, we just wanted to have even a little of everything.  We always want to have that "sulit na sulit" feeling when it comes to things like this.  Although it is not a crime to do so, still, it is wrong.  So wrong.  Why?  Because if you push yourself to have that sulit na sulit feeling, you will have a super full and super hard na belly afterwards!  

My karma?  I wasn't able to enjoy the desserts Maude and Noreen brought :(  It also came to a point that I felt a pang on my stomach when I laugh and believe me, it's hard not to laugh when I'm with my girls, because of the hilarious things we talk about each time we meet.  I swear to God, I have never been so busog all my life.  I felt so full until lunch time the next day!

So next time, when they say "eat all you can", I will believe them.  I will eat only what I can.  You do that too, no matter how delectable the food is, you do not have to put everything in your plate.  Believe me, it will save you a lot of tummy aches. Hihi. :)

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