Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Want to know 4 Secrets?

Today's Internet entertainment/education is brought to you by four restaurant secrets.  I have been fortunate enough to have been in many restaurants in many places, so as you look at these restaurants, please let me know which one you would chose to go to for a night out if money was no object.

I can't believe that I almost forgot

For to rhyme words I must take a shot

As you take a gaze upon each spot

Below and rate it hot or not.

This is good for my brain I can feel it work

So try it yourself and try not to smirk

Or worry that maybe you'll twitch and you'll jerk

For I'm still doing it still and haven't gone beserk.

This one looks pretty elegant, doesn't it?....

A guy would never have to worry about his date walking out on him at this restaurant, unless she was a really great swimmer (bet their 'catch of the day' is REALLY fresh)....
This nice little quaint French restaurant reminded me of the ones we saw in Catalan, Spain which is a tourist spot and has signs transalted into hysterical English, like "If you like dogs that are hot to eat, please to come here to eat..."
This is somewhere not in the U.S. but it looked interesting and fancy schmancy...
Even though this restaurant is somewhere in the Arab Republic, it really reminds me of a restaurant that Mario and I went to in Poland, only there were booths all along both sides...
This is a restaurant overlooking the water but it looks as if it could be on a ship...

This one would be fun (and we both like oriental food)but Michael is afraid of heights so I would have to go alone!...

The neat thing about this restaurant is that you wouldn't have to dress up, you could probably even come in your pajamas, but if the food's good, I'm in....

Now here's some elegance (think this is in China) and it looks like there would be plenty of seating...

This one is sooooo looks like a great place for romance or to take a good book and have a great reading time...
Michael will get the heebie jeebies just looking at this one in Germany but I'll bet it's wonderful...wish I could have gone to it when we (Mario and I and the children) lived in Germany.  Even though I don't have a special fear of heights (just a respect) I would never lean out the windows here whereas my son and late husband probably would have ....

Now here are the secrests you have all been waiting for....

"4 Must-Know Restaurants Secrets!
By David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding

Eat This, Not That

by David Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding a Yahoo! Health Expert for Nutrition

If being an anonymous blip on a giant corporation’s assembly line makes you feel like a character in some bleak sci-fi movie, we’ve got good news. There are plenty of ways to fight back—to enjoy all the convenience of modern restaurants and all the foods you still like to eat without paying extra money every 6 months for a new pair of pants.

You see, all major restaurant chains—from the fast-food purveyors to the sandwich shops and coffee bars to the sit-down dinner joints with their vaguely Italian/Mexican/Chinese/whatever themes—operate with the same set of secrets, secrets they don’t want their customers to know. And if you know these secrets, well, guess what? The power to eat what you want and still stay slim is in your hands. Lucky you!

This list of sneaky secrets, straight from the book Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide will help you start taking back control! And, even better, we’ve created an Eat This, Not That! iPhone app—it’s like having your own personal nutritionist at your fingertips!

Secret #1: Don’t get “supersized”

Sure, it feels like you’re getting a bargain because you’re getting proportionately more food for proportionately less money. But a “value meal” is only a value for two sets of people: the corporations that make the food and the corporations that make liposuction machines and heart stents. Because food is so inexpensive for manufacturers to produce on a large scale, your average fast-food emporium makes a hefty profit whenever you supersize your meal—even though you’re getting an average of 73 percent more calories for only 17 percent more money. But you’re not actually buying more food. You’re buying more calories. And that’s not something you want more of.

Secret #2: Remember, the waiter is a salesperson

A 2005 study published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services found that you’re more likely to order a side dish when the server verbally prompts you. (“Do you want fries with that?”) Restaurants know this, and now you know it, too. When the waiter makes a suggestion, remember his job is not to make you happy. His job is to extract money from your wallet and insert fat in its place.

Secret #3: Don’t get too excited

You eat out all the time. A 2008 study in the International Food Research Journal found that people are less likely to make healthy restaurant choices when they feel that they’re dining out for a “special occasion.” And as we said, dining out used to be special. But before you head out to your next meal, really take stock of how many times you’ve eaten out this week. If you’re eating every meal at home and dining out truly is a once-a-week splurge, then don’t worry about it so much. But if you’re like most of us, eating out is probably more like a once-a-day splurge. And if that’s the case, remember, there’s nothing special here. Eat smart today because you’ll have to do it again tomorrow.

Bonus tip: Download our free Eat This, Not That! guide to shopping once and eating for a week—and save calories, time, and money!

Secret #4: Start small

Here’s the good news: No one is going to stop you from ordering seconds. So be like any good businessperson, and start small. Here’s exactly how expensive it really is whenever you go for the “bargain”:

7-Eleven: Gulp to Double Gulp Coca-Cola Classic: 37 cents extra buys 450 more calories.

Cinnabon: Minibon to Classic Cinnabon: 48 more cents buys 370 more calories.

Movie theater: Small to medium unbuttered popcorn: 71 additional cents buys you 500 more calories.

Convenience store: Regular to “The Big One” Snickers: 33 more cents packs on 230 more calories.

McDonald’s: Quarter Pounder with Cheese to Medium Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meal: An additional $1.41 gets you 660 more calories.

Subway: 6-inch to 12-inch Tuna Sub: $1.53 more buys 420 more calories.

Wendy’s: Classic Double with Cheese to Classic Double with Cheese Old Fashioned Combo Meal: $1.57 extra buys you 600 more calories.

Baskin Robbins: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Kids’ Scoop, to Double Scoop: For another $1.62, you’ve added 390 calories.

The bottom line on all this? For just a hair more than 8 bucks, you’ve bought yourself an additional 3,620 calories. If you ate each of these once a week, and you were to switch to the smaller size each time—again, still all your favorite foods, just in a more reasonable size—you’d save about $417 a year. It’s not going to buy you a new car, but it could put you on a plane to the Bahamas. But far more important than that is what it will mean to your waistline, because in saving that $417, you’ll also save 188,240 calories in a year—enough to shave a whopping 54 pounds of flab off your body! (Hey, take the 400 bucks and buy some new pants!)"

I even found some restaurant jokes for you....


The parking lot has a space marked “RESERVED—HEALTH INSPECTOR”

Their top breakfast special is Honey-Nut Oakios cereal with prune bran and a Geritol power shake on the side.

The main fare at noon is whale-meat sandwiches, and the name of the place is “Thar-She-Blows Lunchmart”

You complain about your dinner, and the waiter asks if you’d like to speak to the house lawyer.


"I should have known better when I saw a sign in the window of the diner that said 'New! — Breakfast Burrito — Now with real Burro!'..."

~~~Lord, thank You for the blessings of restaurants where we can be delighted with new tastes that we would otherwise never know.


  1. I would prefer the restaurant with the beautiful arch and courtyard, Marcy, it has a casual Tuscany feel to it...or the dangerous looking one in Germany, I like for my heart to race, every now and then! When do we go?

  2. I too like the restaurant with the arch and the one high in the beautiful mountains of Germany. Not sure how I'd feel about getting to it though! Most of all I like a semi quiet resturant where the music isn't louder then the conversation.
    Those super-size comparisons are really an eye, you sure get a lot of extra calories for very little money!

  3. Jake is afraid of heights too Marcy! I think I would have chosen the second restaurant on the water but I'm not very picky, I just love the water! Very interesting facts about the restaurants Marcy! Love Di

  4. With my love of water, I would take anything on the water - ANYTHING! Second to that would be the place in Germany. It has such a gorgeous view of God's creation and I'll bet the food is authentic and wonderful!

  5. I love the second picture...I think I would really enjoy eating there.....looks like a place in France......great post Marcy, very informative.......:-) Hugs

  6. What a fun post of restaurants! Wouldn't that be fun to work for a place that would send you all over the world to "taste test"? I think my huhoney who LOVES to eat good food, would think he had died and gone to heaven! hehehe

  7. Such clever content here....and I would choose the quaint little French restaurant, personally.

    I like the way the $ spent is shown in relationship to calories bought.

    We're planning to go out to eat this afternoon - at a restaurant that has been our favorite for years and years and years. Sadly it is closing later this month. It is an Italian restaurant with a quiet and very traditional interior - bookcases, paintings on the wall, tableclothes, just wonderful decor - and excellent food.


  8. Cute post!
    Okay, I love pink and I love shabby chic, so which restaurant do you think would be my pick?! Even if the food was not up to par, I'm sure I'd feel in my element! (My cooking's not so hot either!)

    Loved the smart tips! I've really been trying to stay away from fast-food (except for Pizza!), and I've begged Ellie to stop buying Dunkin'Donuts every Saturday morning and she hasn't done it for a month now! (I have no will power so the whole house has to suffer).

    Love to you!,
    PS ~ My word verification is 'spatchip'! How apropos for a healthy food post!

  9. I could never eat in the tree house one!! Maybe the one that looks like you're on a ship.

    Great facts. Very interesting. Never knew that about the 7/11 Big Gulp.

    Enjoy your day!

  10. i want to go to ALL the restaurants!!!! MMmmm...... my husband said he would take me some place nice on Mon, but i don't think he had any of those in mind ;-)

    great and fun post!! about the supersizes - i always order big and then share it with my kids. that always makes the money (and value) stretch. Since i started doing that, its been really enlightening how much i don't need!!

  11. What lovely pictures...I loved the one with the curved walls, the garden looking scene and the oriental one by the water. Mark loves chinese if I was going with him..that's where we would end up :) Eileen...donuts are like one of my favorite things in the world...I'll come to your house for the dunkin' donuts :) Marcy, this was really interesting..and, it sounds wonderful to me right now..I am dying for a lovely night out with just the two of us...Now I'll be begging for a night out on the town...but, that probably won't be happening for a while.
    Got your card today :) I hope mine gets to you quick enough...Big hugs....Jerelene

  12. What fun places! I'm content to be warm and cozy and enjoying the snow scene out the window! Harriet sends along Valentine wishes for you and yours.

  13. I agree with out door mom...I would visit them all. My Frank likes to eat where they have reall chefs :)

  14. I don't think I could live without 'supersize', that also rules out Secret # 4 for me. Whaddya gonna do with me? :))

  15. I enjoyed looking over your blog
    Great blog title
    God Bless you

  16. Oh what fun pictures. I love the one in Germany! (and Harriet would be right at home!) Hope you have a nice weekend.

  17. Don't know where I was last week but I sure wasn't here!!! This was a treat!!! Wishing you a grand weekend!!! Cathy

  18. I want to go to every one of those restaurants. I especially want to go to the one in Germany. What a spectacular view! Thanks for smiles the pics and jokes gave me. <3 Mar.


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