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Aerden [userpic]

Happy Birthday to cpsings4him! She's my birthday twin--born on the same day of the month; I'm not certain about the year. :)

Dinner: Mark took me out to the Cheesecake Factory for my birthday dinner. It was wonderful! Excellent food; my only gripe is that there was way, way too much of it.

I suppose some would roll their eyes and say that only an American would complain about being served too much food, when other people in the world are starving, and all you have to do is take the surplus home in a doggie bag. But seriously--I was served a 'small' Caesar salad that was a huge pile of salad on a full-sized dinner plate. My shrimp scampi consisted of six large shrimp, some roasted garlic, and a humungous scoop of angel hair pasta as big as my two fists put together, at least. It was served on a platter.

Folks, I am 5' tall and trying to lose weight. Okay, maybe eating shrimp scampi isn't the right way to do that, but it's my birthday; I figured I had the right to splurge on this night.

Why do American restaurant owners seem to believe that we want such huge portions? Because they would have to charge us less if they served us less? I mean, how do these places expect to be able to sell desserts to people who are already stuffed from their entrees?

The lady next to me did get dessert. It was an eight-layer slice of chocolate cake. It was a piece of cake as long as my hand and about two inches thick. She was staring at it, bug-eyed.

Outback Steakhouse does the same thing--huge platters piled high with cheese fries. Why, when you've got only two people sitting at a table, would you get enough cheese fries for, oh, six or eight people? I just don't understand it.

That shrimp dish sure was tasty, though...*happy slurp*

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::hugs:: Happy Birthday!

And I will second you on the Cheesecake Factory. Why in God's name do they do this?? I admit, shrimp scampi is my favorite dish, and I'd probably do my best to finish off a plate of it no matter how large it was (so long as it had lots of sweet, plump shrimp). But my boss likes to take our department over to the CF whenever we've got something to celebrate, and eating a huge plate of food for lunch is, for me, the equivalent of downing half a bottle of Ambien.

The last time we went there, I had the Cajun pasta. It was a disappointment (if it has Cajun in the name, the dish should actually have some spices in it), but . . . they brought out a pasta bowl full of it, Chantal! A pasta bowl! I serve my family pasta in a bowl the size of the lunch portion! You have to wonder if the Factory's owners read anything about the health of Americans these days; their pasta dishes are cardiac arrest at $14 an entree.

Don't get me started on the desserts. After eating half my lunches when I go there, I can barely squeeze in cheesecake. If I got a six-layer slice of chocolate cake, I'd fall into a diabetic coma and explode. I'd be the somnambulic Mr. Creosote.

::hugs again:: But happy birthday anyway!


I have never even eaten the cheesecake there, because the meals leave me too stuffed for dessert.

Someday, I'm going to go there and just have cheesecake. I vow this! (g)


Happy belated Birthday!


Thank you, Viv! Hey, is everything okay with you? I haven't seen anything out of Lav in a while.


Happy Food Day<g>

Happy Birthday once again :)

I LOVE the Cheesecake Factory but have only been once. I've always been one when I go to places like that I am sorely tempted to order dessert first then the entree.

Re: Happy Food Day<g>

I've never had a cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory, and I so want to try one of theirs. (g)


Birfday Twin!!!

Hey birthday twin! Sorry I'm late with the wishes, but hope your birthday was wonderful! Mine was very nice as I was on the BEACH! :D

Thanks for thinking of me!

*birthday twin hugs*

Re: Birfday Twin!!!

CP--The beach? Oh, neat!!! I hope you had a lovely time! :D

*Hugs back!*


If I get a doggy bag, I take it home and then it goes bad in my fridge before I get around to eating it. I don't even order my own separate order anymore. I split the meal with my dinner partner. I have never done that and then still been hungry. Restaurants just serve SO much food!