We tried a new place last night before going to the theatre, and enjoyed it immensely. We started with a shared appetizer, "pork three ways" which included some Italian-style smoked jowl, a rillette, and a terrine. Both of us tried a different cocktail, which were beautifully crafted; i then went on to a nice pinot noir while J tried a different drink -- also delicious (we shamelessly sample each other's choices...). As entree, he got steak au poivre and i opted for the rack-of-lamb special. They were both very tasty -- good-sized servings of quality meat -- and as usual i didn't relinquish my plate till the bones were gnawed clean. Then we had dessert, a banana pudding for him, and chocolate cake for me; for some impossible-to-understand reason, this restaurant did NOT OFFER COFFEE! How weird.
Yes, i was "bad." It was an allowed indulgence, planned-for in every respect (including pre- and post-fasting), but i was surprised at myself for inhaling it the way i did. True, it WAS probably the best chocolate cake i've ever tasted, but why was it that compelling?
FAT. The only significantly fatty food in our meal was in the smallish appetizer. The lamb was too well trimmed for my taste, and J's ribeye seemed to have very little of the signature fat-pocket.
If we don't get enough fat in our meals, we have a biological drive to satisfy our needs with SOMETHING (also, in the wake of my head-cold-induced anorexia, my appetite has come back). For those who haven't got the memo about fat vs. carb, ... a huge proportion of people in the food business are going to try to fill you up with the latter.
This is not the first time i've noticed the phenomenon. Even fine restaurants frequently go too low-fat, because that's what they think their patrons expect. "Scrappy" meat with too much fat left on??? Some customers will think they're being cheated.
We'll know what to do next time -- because the food was so good it deserves more visits. We'll go there when we'll be returning home right after, so we can have our beloved after-dinner coffee! :-) We'll ask for the fattiest cut the kitchen has, when we place our order. We'll probably also order the appetizer cheese-plate in lieu of dessert. Once one knows the characteristics of eating-places, it's easier to maneuver in the territory.