The Doc and I discovered a jewel in our own backyard: a nearby restaurant that had some KILLER salads. There was one salad that made me drop to my knees:
Crisp greens tossed with honey mint dressing and topped with roasted bell peppers, sliced strawberries, warm pecan crusted goat cheese, pine nuts, and spicy chicken.
Whoa. I could not get enough of this salad. Actually I could not get enough of the the warm pecan crusted goat cheese. It was like a little warm patty of heaven sitting like royalty on top of this salad. I found myself calling the Doc on his way home from work at least once a week to pick this salad up for me.
One Saturday afternoon, I made the salad run. I happily ordered the usual and watched them, curious as to how they warmed up this goat cheese. Microwave? Pan fry? Oven? I saw them take my favorite goat cheese patty out of the refrigerator, put in the same bin with the french fries — then deep fried it in boiling oil. I was standing on the other side of the counter, and found my hand reaching out towards my innocent little goat cheese to rescue it, but no words could escape my mouth. I was dumbfounded. Deep friend goat cheese. That is what I’d been eating all these weeks. I couldn’t believe it. Actually why didn’t I believe it? Heck, I live in Texas where they belief in deep frying everything from their butter to their Snickers.
They gave me the salad, I dropped the deep friend goat cheese in the garbage on the way out and ate the rest of the salad – which now tasted and reeked like a deep frier — for the last time.
The entire experience, besides killing a bit of my heart, did remind me of something I should have known: you can’t trust restaurants. Restaurants are notorious for adding in calories to dishes that are seemingly innocent. Can we say butter anyone? Loads of salt? Deep frier? Even when we think we are eating healthily, we are at the complete mercy of the cook back in the kitchen and their methods may not be your methods.
Now, I don’t write this to discourage you from eating out. I adore trying new restaurants and seeking out my newest favoritest dish. All I’m saying is, be cautious:
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