Tuesday, June 14, 2005

I think I need some vegetables!

Over the past few days, my diet has consisted of mostly meat and other fatty foods - and it's beginning to take it's toll. It kind of reminds me of October, 2001 when we met our friend Dave in Munich, and after a couple of days of consuming nothing but beer, meat, potatoes, and sauerkraut, he said "...I think I need a carrot or something!" That's exactly how I'm feeling right now.
Our ex-neighbor Tom, who now lives back in America, spent the night at our house on Friday and Saturday nights. I grilled up some veal chops on Friday night - and so began the meat/fat odyssey. For lunch on Saturday, we ate at Gifthüttli (a Basel landmark) and I had some Älplermacaroni. It's basically pasta, potatoes, lardons, and a bechamel sauce that's grilled under the broiler. On Saturday night, the three of us went out with Geraldine (who was in town visiting from the U.K.) and I had a buttery pasta starter followed by a pizza (I guess there were some vegetables on that). Then, on Sunday, we had a bunch of friends over to celebrate Andy's birthday.
Mrs. TBF made some foie gras; pasta with a sauce consisting of crabmeat, butter, and heavy cream; a zucchini and leek tart with a wild rice crust; and I barbecued a bunch of beef and lamb chops. This was all follwed by Mrs. TBF's ice cream cake with an Oreo cookie crust (sorry people...ancient family recipe...can't give it out!). Of course, we washed this all down with champagne and wine (a 1982 Burgundy that we all bought for this occasion while we were in Burgundy a few weeks ago).
If this wasn't enough, yesterday I went golfing (I actually didn't golf...just drove the cart) in France with John, Henry, Andy, Pat, and Phil, and I had steak for lunch. Then, Mrs. TBF and I had leftovers from Sunday night for dinner.
So, as you can see, I've kind of overdone it in the rich/heavy foods department over the past few days. There are just a few leftovers to get through tonight, and then I think I can get back to a more reasonable diet. Of course, there's the new McDonald's "Road To America" promotion going on here in Switzerland. So, I guess I'll have to try one of the new burgers for lunch today.
Hey...I think there's some lettuce on the burger. That counts as a vegetable...doesn't it?

1 comment:

The Big Finn said...

I just finished eating this week's "Road To America" special - the Spicy Mex. The verdict - NOT TOO GOOD! I'd give it 3 out of 10. It wasn't very spicy, and it didn't taste too Mexican. I hope next week's special is better!