Can you think of any other restaurant that has all of the chair legs installed with little wheels? I wonder if this is so the servers can just conveniently wheel me out to my car when I stuff myself with exactly 37 garlicky bread sticks dunked in buckets of Alfredo sauce? Probably.
The Garden of Olives was always my absolute favorite place to eat when I was a fatty.
It was my go-to choice for birthday dinners and pretty much any other occasion I could invent to make an excuse to eat there.
Do you know what my standard order used to be?
Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. But don't forget the soup (2 servings), salad, and the bread sticks....yes...the bread sticks (usually at least 4)...drool. AND I would eat it ALL. No doggie bag for me. I just checked out the nutrition facts for this meal and it is 2450 calories. YIKES. That's the calories that I usually eat in TWO DAYS.
So, fast forward to last night at the Olive Garden. I probably haven't eaten there in over a year. I had:
- 4-5 bites of Pasta Fagioli Soup: 60
- 2 calamari pieces: 50
- 1/3 of a Bread stick: 80
- 1-2 cheese raviolis, small piece of chicken with sauce: 300
- 2 Andes mints: 50
- Total: 540 calories (approximately)
And let me tell ya, my band was talking to me...saying "stop eating...NOW." My band doesn't usually do that, but I was happy it was there to tell me to step away from the feed trough.
The amount of food that I eat now compared with the good ol' days is amazing. I still get to enjoy the same foods, just a lot less.