Ok, it turns out that you can't really eat at a thousand places and THEN try to diet, but how does a foodie get to eat a great meal while trying not to pack on the pounds? I'm trying to figure it out!
I had dinner with a client at Del Frisco steakhouse on 6th avenue and 48th street in Manhattan, and it turns out that the secret to sticking to my plan was to eat at a really good restaurant. That may sound like an oxymoron, and trust me, there were lots of tempting dishes I could have eaten, but I learned that a really good piece of steak can stand up on its own.
I did have a bit of a dilemma trying to order a simple salad as an appetizer -- there weren't any on the menu. My dinner companions (non-dieters) each had appetizers -- one ordered sliced beefsteak tomatoes and sweet onions, complete with blue cheese dressing, and the other ordered the Del Frisco salad (thick slices of bacon, avacado, tomatoes and cucumbers on a bed of lettuce.) I decided to simply pass and wait for the main course, and I wasn't disappointed.
The steak I ordered was seasoned simply with salt and pepper, and maybe it was partly because I was really hungry, and partly because the steak was perfectly cooked that it tasted so good. (Even a small steak was a big portion, so I cut it in half -- I ate half at the restaurant, and brought the other half home to Glen.) I partnered my steak with a wonderfully seasoned sauteed spinach and garlic, and I was done. (I also took home the leftover sauteed potatoes that we ordered as a side dish.)
My companions ordered prime rib and filet mignon, and both declared their cuts of meat to be divine.
I did miss not ordering the creamed spinach or the potatoes au gratin, but I'm sure there will be another time.
(We skipped the dessert -- it would have been hard not to order the NY cheesecake or the key lime pie, so better not to even look at the dessert menu.)
Okay, I'll admit that it wasn't the most fun to eat out and NOT partake of all the pleasures offered up, but all in all, it wasn't a bad dining night. I may actually start to like this diet thing!