Friday, February 26, 2010

Gluttony : The Third Deadly Sin

I ask you ... how do you look at a menu such as the one from Bungalow 44 in Mill Valley, CA and not want to eat everything in sight?! I guess the answer is, "don't look".

But, looking - and drooling - is exactly what I found myself doing last night as I met a friend for dinner.

For starters, we'll have the homemade burrata mozzarella paired with 3 kinds of salami on rustic bread (a new addition to the menu). Then for dinner, I will start with the Butter Lettuce Salad (Jicama, Apple, Napa Cabbage, Pecan, Creamy BBQ Dressing) followed by the Filet Mignon (Wild Mushroom and Potato Gratin, Baby Green Beans) - but instead of the green beans, can I get a side of Mushroom, Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese? Oh, and we'll split a side order of the Cayenne Spiced Onion Rings as well. Why not, let's splurge! Total gluttony! For dessert? Oof, I am so full. Why not ... how about the Bungalow Beignets w/ Espresso Crème Anglaise.

Aaaanddd ... roll me home.

Of course I didn't eat that. But is that what I wanted to order? Yes. Have I been known to order like that before? Definitely.

But, it was all a choice. I knew I was going out, so I checked the menu online prior so I wouldn't have as much temptation when I actually sat down. Sure, my friend's dinner looked (and tasted - yes, I had a very small bite of the spare ribs) richer and more glorious than mine, but at the end of the night, I was happy with the way I felt making smarter ordering decisions.

So, what did I have?
Starter: We split the crabcakes (watercress cream sauce on the side)
Salad: We split the Roasted Beets and Arugula w/ Bacon, Avocado, Skyhill Farms Goat Cheese - hold the bacon
Entree: Fish special of grilled Sea Bass, grilled asparagus, and baby potatoes - light oil, no butter with the roasted red pepper vinaigrette on the side

I still don't know how many points everything was, but I estimated high and for me it just means I will need to stay on a tighter track for the rest of the week.

Truth be told, that burratta salami dish made an appearance in my dreams last night though.


  1. Nice work JWha! I'm so proud. It's like watching a first born child sing the lead in the kindergarten recital. Warm fuzzies inside :).

  2. uummmmm...i had to peruse the menu after reading this...YUM!
    also proud of you!