Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fatty Like, Healthy Eats

Browned butter. Whipped cream. Creamy mac and cheese. Fried egg. Anything that drips and oozes sauce. Deep fried anything.

That's a sampling of a list of things that often catch my eye at a restaurant and will make me pause and go mmmm. I'm a glutton for delicious food and man, can I be a total fatty.

In honor of a recent Bon Appetit blog, I decided to go through some of the photos of the fattiest awesome things that I've eaten as well as incredibly healthy awesome things I've eaten.


Eating healthy and eating deliciously isn't mutually exclusive; one of the best dishes I've had in recent memory was a kohlrabi salad from Spinasse that wasn't smothered in butter and creamy dressing. In fact, you can still eat out and eat well while watching your figure or gasp, paleo diet.

I started a weight loss challenge at work as an impetus to help me get back into shape so let's hope this serves as an inspiration to myself to enjoy life while eating fewer calories.

Here it goes:

Make-your-own burger is a bad idea. For me, anyway. I routinely try to figure out how to make the burger with so many toppings, you need to eat it with a knife and fork. This one was a thai-themed burger with peanut sauce, a fried egg and likely the kitchen sink. Fatty.

My friends and I make-your-own sushi parties so people can do hand rolls. This was actually healthy since we mostly ate vegetables and raw fish.

I would say this dish from re:public, while pan seared in butter, was actually pretty light and tasty. However, you have no idea how much butter goes into a dish so it may be deceptively bad for you.

My gluttonous self knew no bounds when I encountered a restaurant chain in Kyoto that allowed you to select tempura to go with your udon. I was very liberal with the tempura. It's a good thing I had a long walk back to the hotel afterwards.

Oh Austin. Damn you with your Whataburger fries, spicy ketchup and Torchy's tacos.

I love pickles! Here was a variety from the Walrus and the Carpenter. Pickles are delicious and not so bad for you. It's also a good way to eat your veggies.

Italian pizza in New York with extra mozzarella. It's  good thing this is thin crust... I gotta find a photo of a Chicago-style pizza because a single slice has got to have my day's worth of calories.

The infamous frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity in NYC. Although this one is a frozen peanut butter hot chocolate so even worse... Or even better?
One of my favorite Revel brunch dishes is the Dutch Baby with apples, raisins and smoked cheddar. The pancake batter they use is light with crispy edges and an unctuous center but this is definitely a splurge.
I adore Poppy's thalis since it allows you to eat a little bit of everything but this Dungeness crab, grapefruit, fennel and avocado salad was fresh, light and healthy.

Molly Moon's ice cream!!! No explanation is needed but the flavors were honeycomb and maple nut.

The Dahlia Bakery coconut cream pie and tartlets are heavenly because they are soft, airy, creamy but not too sweet. However, this isn't going to belong on the healthy list.
How to Cook a Wolf is one of our favorite neighborhood spots but we always order the Hamachi crudo because it is always light, perfectly balanced, flavorful and an ideal starter to not blow your appetite for mounds of pasta to follow.

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