Well, the meal at Kinley's last night did not go as planned. My bookkeeper's parents were here from out of town and she was so excited to take us out to dinner, so we went to a place where she had good friends in the restaurant business...she called the owner a week before and gave him my dietary needs, np animal products, no oil in the preparation, and she was assured that it was no problem! So the seven of us show up yesterday, and no thought or preparation had been made. Sides weren't listed on the menu, all the salads were loaded with cheese, nuts, ham, etc., and the lone vegetarian main dish had polenta, some sort of quinoa thing and sweet potatoes with some French word after it. So I ask the waitress (trying not to make this dinner for seven all about me) if I could have the vegetables prepared without oil, no animal products, etc., and she kept saying, "what's your allergy again?"
I had eaten beforehand so I wasn't too hungry when we got there, but after watching everyone else eat their bread and oil, I ate some bread. I sat through them all eating their salads, and finally the main dishes came. Of course it had oil in it. I don't really know if they paid any attention to my request at all. The sweet potatoes with the French name were crosscut fries! Crisp and greasy as anything! The polenta--well, most places pack their polenta with cheese, and I'll bet this is no exception. The tomato stuffed with quinoa had obviously been oiled before it was baked. I have to rant here because I want to say something, to complain to somebody, but NO, I can't!!--I ate every morsel, I am so ashamed of myself, but I was hungry! I had been assured that they would prepare me food! I'm even more annoyed because on my husband's plate, he had steamed broccoli and carrots! I am so aggravated with myself and everybody else. I cannot complain to my bookkeeper--she is so sensitive and would take it as a personal failure, and I can't have that. I can't, therefore, complain to the restaurant, because they are her good friends. I just have to learn for the next time. I might have been more bold in my search for something to eat if it hadn't been such a big group, if my DH hadn't been with me, etc.
Oh well. If we ever go back (DH liked his food well enough), I now know that they have many fresh vegetables that they prepare for each entrees' little filler at the side of the plate. I will ask for steamed broccoli, carrots, asparagus, etc., and see the look on their face then. Damn, I am so mad! She called a week in advance, and they just ignored it.
I hope this doesn't set me back too much, what with last Saturday's party. With our wedding anniversary coming up in a couple of weekends, I know I will be eating out again. I can't make this a thing that happens too often or I will be totally sabotaged.
Did 1/2 hour of the walk at home video with the power bands. It was about a mile and 1/2--I was proud. Reason I had time to do it was because I woke up at 3:20 (40 m. early) and was too mad (about Kinley's) to go back to bed!
5'3" tall, 63 YO. Started Jan. 11, 2010.
Thank you, Dr. McD!