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Holiday Eating Tips

1.  Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday

buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit.  In fact,

if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door,

where they’re serving rum balls.


2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly.   It’s rare..  You

cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it

has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an

eggnog-alcoholic or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it.  Have one for me.

Have two.  It’s later than you think. It’s Christmas!


3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy.

Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your ma

shed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.


4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole

milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an

automatic transmission.


5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your

eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other

people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?


6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s.

You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is

the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table

while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.


7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted

Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them

and don’t budge. Have asmany as you can before becoming the center of

attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind,

you’re never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each.

Or if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three.

When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?


9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory

celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.


10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get

up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Re-read tips; start

over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Have a great holiday season.

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