Food is abundant here. And generally very healthy. The menus, instead of prices, list the calorie, protein, carb and fiber counts. One could be very mindful of their eating here. Or not.
The main dining room serves three meals a day. There is also a little cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. Bowls of fruit are scattered around everywhere.
The dishes are usually delicious and beautifully presented, and while the portions are well-sized, they are an actual portion instead of what many of us have grown accustomed to putting on our plate. I learned, however, on past trips to the spa, that you can ask for as many entrees or sides or desserts, or whatever, as you want. Or half portions. Or tastings. Which is perfect for someone as indecisive as me. Last night for dinner I had a half portion of the Chicken Garlic Marsala with Sun-Dried Tomato Couscous and a half portion of the Crabcake with Snap Pea Puree. With lunch today, my mom and I shared just a small taste of the lavender ice cream and strawberry banana sorbet with our diet-sized key lime pie.
Over time I have discovered many other little tricks that make the eating experience so fun. Like getting things “to go.” Each morning there is a “muffin of the day” and rather than have it for breakfast, I take two with me for a mid-morning snack. At lunch I do the same with the “cookie of the day.” Yesterday, my mom, who had lunch later than I did because of our activities, discovered that the two restaurants had different desserts and went from one to the other to choose her favorite. And she was sweet enough, or evil enough, to wrap up a lemon bar for me and put it in the mini-fridge in our room. Yum. And as my time to leave the spa draws closer and closer, my mom and I may “stockpile” a piece of banana bread or some granola for a snack on the plane ride home. (In addition to the box lunch they will pack if we request it – which we surely will.)
I don’t know how many spa-goers really watch what they eat here or try to stick with diets they keep at home. One could do that. But for me, and my travel companions of spa vacations present and past, much of the experience has always been enjoying the food. Words cannot adequately describe not only we relish eating here but even enjoy just think about and talking about the food. Each morning we gleefully stand in front of the day’s posted menus and start anticipating.
In years past, I have typically gained only a pound or two or none at all, with all my food over-indulgence. I am sure it would be much worse if I did not spend most of my day burning calories in exercise classes! I am curious to see what the scale says this time, since my dessert and baked-good monster has come for a visit. But I am taking a vacation from my usual “good” carb lifestyle and not feeling any guilt. (Okay… a little guilt. Really, how many desserts does one need to taste!?) When I get home I will be full steam ahead, back on my South Beach plan. Hold me to it!
That’s all for now… as I head off for some sweet potato waffles for breakfast. Just two more meals, then time to head for home:(