Monday was most definitely a day of eating out. Both of my meals (see: I got up waayyy too late to eat breakfast :)) were taken at food establishments in the Lincoln and Omaha areas. And both meals were AWESOME.
The first took place at Bread and Cup in Lincoln, with a group of friends who haven’t been all together in quite some time, which made for a wonderfully hilarious and lovely lunch. Many of us in the group have been friends since elementary school, and it’s so rare that friendships like that will last as long as these have. We’re just a bunch of goofballs, and I would like to apologize to anyone who was also partaking in Bread and Cup during the lunch hour yesterday – things may have gotten a little out of hand.
When I went up to the counter to order, I looked at the incredibly fit girl behind the counter and said, “Alright, I’m trying to eat really healthy, but I also want something delicious. What do you think?” Luckily, she was very nice, didn’t look at me funny, and told me what she thought I should get. It ended up being PERFECTION:
One of the prettiest lunches I’ve ever had: their “simple salad”, hummus, and Tomato Peanut Curry soup. (No, the beer is not mine. Unfortunately.) I had looked at the menu online beforehand, and the simple salad just looked too boring. But she suggested I order the hummus with it and eat them together, and it was a brilliant idea! She assured me the soup wasn’t cream-based, which was also a winner. I would not have come up with this on my own, so I’m really glad I asked.
Dinner was at Brix in Omaha. I had never heard of this place until a few weeks ago, when I found out a friend from high school works there. It’s a wine tasting bar/restaurant, and it’s a magical place. You obtain a Brix card upon entering, take it to many different kiosks where there are dozens of wines to taste, and get any wine you want in 1, 2.5, or 5 oz servings.
Not only did this mean I could have a bunch of different wines, but I knew exactly how many ounces I had consumed by the end of the evening! (I had more than 10, but that’s all I’m going to say.) I met up with my friend MacKenzie from high school, who knows the chef, and she introduced me to him. I immediately said, “What’s healthy and delicious?” This was his answer:
The Plank Salmon, with asparagus and couscous instead of the herb potatoes. I got the glaze on the side because it was made of maple syrup, Jack Daniels, and brown sugar (and was incredibly delicious). He said the potatoes involved a lot of fat, so I substituted the couscous (which did have some butter included, but it was worth it). The whole thing was SO GOOD. So here it is:
LIZ’S GUIDE TO RESTAURANT EATING
1. Look at the menu online beforehand, if they have one. If not, take the time to look it over once you are seated. I make TERRIBLE decisions when I say “Oh yeah, you guys go first, I’ll figure it out by the time you get to me!” Cue: chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and a side of LARD.
2. Don’t order something you don’t like. I have, on more than one occasion, ordered something healthy that I knew I wasn’t going to like. Then, I went home and ate things that I liked, but were far from healthy. Yikes.
3. Ask the people who know more than you do. I know this may sound embarrassing or weird, but just ask. The people who work there know way more about the food than you ever will, and usually they are happy to help!
4. Do NOT be afraid to ask for something different! Just imagine – if you were deathly allergic to peanuts/soy/bananas/WHATEVER, they would make accommodations for you. It’s the same way with healthy eating – you’re paying for this, and you have the right to get what you want!