#1 Mastering the art of the all-you-can-eat buffet
12-29-2008, 07:02 PM
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Mastering the art of the all-you-can-eat buffet
Since then Iíve been tutored on the art of mastering the all-you-can-eat buffet. Everybodyís got their own techniques, but hereís what Iíve learned over the years:
1. The Walk-Through. Donít do what I used to do and blindly take a spoonful of everything. No, youíve got to do your Walk-Through First. Youíre a detective, popping open steam tray after steam tray, looking for recent fill-ups, traffic around popular items, and sure winners like omelet stations or a guy in a chefís hat slicing big slabs of meat. Nowís also time for some Belly Space Analysis, where every itemís Tasty Deliciousness is weighed against itís Projected Stomach Volume. Bread, soup, and salad rarely pass the Belly Space Analysis test. Skipping those means you just gained an extra plate and are on your way.
2. Drink Later. Sugary drinks just fill you up with carbs and cost extra. If you can postpone your Pepsi, then youíll save belly space for the hot goods.
3. The Sampler. My dad is famous for the sampler plate. Within minutes of arriving heíll dot a big white plate with small portions of every entree and proceed to say ďHmmm,Ē a lot while scooping up tiny forkfuls of each to see what will make the cut. You have to have willpower to pull off The Sampler, but it can be very rewarding. You know you aced it when your next plate is just piles of your two favorites. Good on ya.
4. Staggered Trips. If youíre with friends, donít wait until everybody is done their first plate before uniformly filing up for a second trip together. No, go separately and act as each others eyes and ears out there ó whats new, whatís hot, whatís fresh, whatís not. Your friends are doing their job when you see them running back to table to scream ďThey just brought out more coconut shrimp!Ē Also, be sure to designate someone at your table to be The Lookout. They should be seated with a clear view of the buffet and raise alarm whenever they see someone coming from the back with a new steam tray.
5. Big Plates Always. Be watchful of the small salad and dessert plates lurking about. Find your secret stash of full-size dinner plates and use them, know them, love them lots. The big plates will let you spread your meal around, and avoid piling things high, which generally results in meat gravy getting all over your salad.
6. One More Egg Roll. When the check arrives, take your time. Slow it right down now and see who still has room. Since youíve been so busy scarfing your food and staggering trips, now really is the best chance to catch up with your friends. Then after ten or fifteen minutes, someone will likely cave in and say ďOkay, one more egg roll.Ē This is buffet victory.
With these tips plus your personal experiences, you too can master the art of the all-you-can-eat buffet. After that, thereís really no stopping you. So eat all you can, my friend.
Eat all you can.
12-30-2008, 07:45 PM3. The Sampler. My dad is famous for the sampler plate. Within minutes of arriving heíll dot a big white plate with small portions of every entree and proceed to say ďHmmm,Ē a lot while scooping up tiny forkfuls of each to see what will make the cut. You have to have willpower to pull off The Sampler, but it can be very rewarding. You know you aced it when your next plate is just piles of your two favorites. Good on ya.
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