Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday Food Porn: Birthday Food at School and Macaroni Grill

I love Friday, not only because the week is over, but also because it's fun to temporarily forget about the South Beach Diet and show you photos of things I *may or may not* have eaten that week. I did confess yesterday that I had been eating far too many things recently that are high in fat or sugar, due to the combination of my birthday and Christmas treats at school. The interesting thing about how South Beach has changed my body chemistry is that now when I do that, I start to crave more healthy choices. (This is my own theory only, but for me it's true.) So even though today my body is screaming for veggies, and I intend to listen to it, I'm showing you memories of the week gone by. These are foods from my school Christmas party and my birthday dinner with Trudy and Georgette, which were both on the same day, and no, I didn't eat all these things!



Not my plate because I wouldn't have chosen potato salad, but we did have a nice assortment of good salads at our faculty Christmas party.

For some unexplained reason, I didn't photograph the main dish, which was a choice of roast beef or chicken, but I took plenty of pictures of desserts. Utah is the sugary dessert capitol of the world. This looked good, but I didn't eat any.

This turtle cheesecake was from Costco, which is a good place to get party food if you're a harried teacher who has to work all day.


That night I had a birthday dinner at Romano's Macaroni Grill, one of the few chain restaurants I actually quite like. While we were waiting for our food, the talented Trudy drew this picture of me on the paper covering the table ( which is meant to be drawn on, if you're outside of the U.S. and not familiar with that custom.)

Trudy was eating healthy and ordered salmon and vegetables, which looked just fantastic. (Why do restaurants use these enormous plates which don't photograph well?)

Georgette had a shrimp and pasta dish which was just slightly spicy and tasted wonderful. (I'm quite sure that putting parmesan on a pasta dish with seafood is am American idea, but it tasted good.)


The reason I love Macaroni Grill is their Shrimp Portofino, which might be the only thing I've ever ordered there. If you follow the link above, there's a much better picture of it as the first photo in the slide show, so obviously it's popular. The dish has sauteed shrimp, mushrooms, and spinach with a buttery sauce, served with angel-hair pasta and topped with pine nuts. In my photo above that yellow color is mostly butter, so you can see why this tastes good! Since it was my birthday, I ate it without a smidgen of guilt.


This is the free birthday dessert, a very rich, very sweet, lemony cake, which we shared and still didn't eat all of it! It did taste delicious though, and was a nice ending to a great birthday dinner.
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11 comments:

ilva said...

What a lot of good and good looking food, I can't tell you how hungry this post made me!

Maria said...

Great photos! I am with you, I hate chain restaurants, but it looked like you had a nice birthday dinner!

s'kat said...

I've been bogged down, Kalyn, and it seems that I have missed your birthday! It sounds like you have been celebrating it in good spirits, and with much vigor.

No guilt, no guilt, and MUCH happiness!

Mimi said...

Kalyn, once again, thanks for all you have done and are doing. You are the best!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great day and an even better dinner that night =)
Your shrimp dish looks heavenly - ohhh the butter! Yum!

gattina said...

Kalyn, Happy belated birthday!

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Turtle Cheesecake sounds plain cruel ; )

Some great shots - obviously your mind was on the deserts that day!

sher said...

Yes, I missed your birthday as well!!! Happy Belated birthday! Those napoleans look so good. I love them. And the rest of the photos look wonderful as well.

Katie said...

All the photos look gorgeous - I hope you ate or tasted everyone...just not at the same time.
I know how you feel about the veg. - after 2 days with my mother (cookies, candies, bad but tasty small-town cafe food) I'm having a huge salad and nothine else for dinner....well, maybe a glass of wine....

Lera said...

Kalyn, You have a mesmerising and rich food spread that's keeping the holiday spirit going...Happy weekend and holidays:)

Anonymous said...

Kalyn-Sounds like you had a fantastic birthday with good food and good friends!! Can I just say that those desert photos had me salivating at 7am in the morning. Eeek!

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