Recently Randy and I went out to dinner. We were pleasantly surprised by what was being offered on the menu. We have made eating low carb in our home a lifestyle. However, sometimes it can prove to be challenging when all you want is a nice night out. I am not saying it’s impossible, but when you get to order straight off the menu, well that makes the whole experience more enjoyable.
Imagine our delight when Sergio’s a Cuban cuisine restaurant had a section on their menu called “La Flaca“(skinny) menu. Although it is geared mostly towards low fat options, we were floored when we saw cauliflower rice for the first time on a menu! We could hardly believe our eyes. Is this for real? Just knowing that it was an option made our day.
We often get asked “what exactly do you eat when you go out”? It’s actually not rocket science, just as long as you keep your meal simple you can stay on track.
- Make it a point to order your protein without any fancy sauce that you’re not sure how it was made. This avoids the danger of consuming a flour thickened concoction that will throw you off ketosis.
- Do let the server know before he brings the drinks that you won’t be wanting the bread. This is so customary in the United States that we always get a puzzled look from our servers. Regardless, skip the bread and the croutons from the salad.
Sergio’s Resturant did a menu and restaurant update recently. The environment has a real cool vibe and their attention to detail is fantastic! The entire staff is very friendly. Don’t you just love it when you get great service?
We could not pass up the opportunity to speak to the manager of the Broward location, congratulate them on their decision to include the cauliflower rice as an option. He explained that it was a very popular dish with many diners, choosing it instead of rice. Cool huh? Again, it put a wide grin on our faces.
We have been eating low carb for close to two years and we’ve certainly learned our way around potential restaurant landmines. Yet seeing glimpses of change is encouraging. It is certainly something to look forward to.
Education is key and as more people become aware of this healthy lifestyle we will see more restaurants following suit.
We already love the cheesecake factory for offering a delicious low carb cheesecake. It’s our fall back place when we want to go out to eat and make sure dessert can be part of our experience.
Most restaurants will lettuce wrap your burger, calling it “protein style” and Jimmy Johns offers the unwich, a sub lettuce wrapped perfectly.
These changes are exciting and it just goes to show that the consumer ultimately decides what gets on a menu by voting with their wallet. Imagine a day when the low fat option is replaced with a low carb one?
I can see greater changes in the horizon, in the meantime we continue to thank the establishments that are making eating this way easier and we do our part to educate the public how to choose wisely.