How To Work A Food Buffet

This past weekend, my father treated my family to an all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day buffet at a nice hotel. I am not a fan of buffets – some people use their hands (gross!), food can fall into the food container next to it and there are always too many kids running around. However, if you show up early enough or if the buffet is “expensive” enough you can usually avoid all of that. Needless to say, we went to a more upscale buffet (if there is such a thing) on Mother’s Day and I had a good time.

Since I have not been to a buffet in a while, I was completely lost as to where to begin, what I should eat, or how much food I should put on my plate at one time. After I got home and took a nap I thought I would write down how to work a buffet in the event I ever go back. And in true Chocolate Vent fashion, I thought I would share these rules with you!

  1. First, you gotta circle around the entire buffet at least once. You have to know what is available, what is fresh, and more importantly, what is still hot. This also allows you to be nosey and look at what other people are eating to see if you want what they have. Plus, you need to get a good mental picture of how many times you think you’ll be able to go back.
  2. Once you know what is there, you can start on your first course. I recommend going for the starter dishes, like soup, because they are not filling and it gets your stomach ready for what’s to come.
  3. Then I recommend sampling everything that you’ve ever wanted to try before but haven’t been able to. On Sunday, I tried something new myself. It was called a “pea shot”, which was basically about 5 tablespoons of pureed peas with a dollop of whipped cream and caviar on top. As you could imagine it didn’t taste all that great. It was my first & last time ever taking a “pea shot” (still can’t believe I chugged baby food). Only at a buffet would I have been able to experience such a thing!
  4. After sampling you should go for the delicacies, the seafood or anything that you wouldn’t normally (or can’t afford to) eat. Since everything is all-inclusive, you might as well take advantage of the ‘finer foods’ that the buffet has to offer. And even though some people think that ordering a drink will take up unnecessary space in their stomach, I say, be sure to order a beverage. It will definitely help wash all the food down that you’re about to eat.
  5. The next course is when you can get down to business! It’s now time for the meats, the potatoes and everything else that you would normally eat. You’re done with experimenting for the day, so go ahead & eat what you like.
  6. After you’re finished with everything that you like, you should go for a salad or even some fresh fruit. This will help cleanse your palate and settle the food in your stomach (I’m no doctor, but it sounds right to me).
  7. Finally, it’s time to indulge in a dessert or two (or three, or four). At this point, you’re probably stuffed so know that it’s okay to stop & take a break.
  8. The final & most important rule of all: Repeat steps 1-7  🙂

Happy Buffet-ing!

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