Please Hold the Cream Sauce!

I have a love / hate relationship with eating out.

Love: having someone else cook, do the dishes, and clean up.

Hate: explaining how to prepare chicken and vegetables.

This afternoon I had a lunch with another leadership coach and friend to discuss business and life; not necessarily in that order.

After a cursory glance over three pages filled with pasta, I decided to ask for grilled chicken and steamed veggies.

Simple, or so I thought.

When our waiter who was all of 19 years old and sprinted from table to table with a water pitcher in hand came to take our order, I made my simple request.

DL –  Yes, may I have a grilled chicken breast with a side of steamed vegetables? No butter, no oil. Thanks.

Sprinting Waiter with Water Pitcher in Hand – (A painful expression crosses his face) What?

DL – Chicken, grilled. Veggies steamed. No butter, no oil. Just plain food. Boring. I like boring. Make it as boring as possible.

SWWPH –Ok, so what kind of sauce would you like on your chicken and vegetables? We have a garlic cream sauce that goes great with chicken.

DL – No sauce. Plain. Boring. No butter. No oil.

SWWPH – No oil? So just chicken and vegetables?

DL – Yes. Exactly. Plain, boring, dull, and unexciting food. If you want to go crazy, have the chef put pepper and garlic on it.

SWWPH – Ok. Got it! (Huge grin)

While we talked business I watched him serve tables like he was training for a track and field event complete with plates of pasta, cheese grater, and a water pitcher.

SWWPH – Here you go…cheese?

DL – Nope. Pepper if you have it.

SWWPH – Are you sure you don’t want a sauce? I feel so bad for you. Seriously….you just want chicken and vegetables?

DL – Yup, I just want this. I choose this. I am happy, don’t feel bad for me.

Who knew ordering healthy food could make someone feel so sorry for me!

Is cream sauce really going to make my life better?

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  1. Haha! He feels bad for you?? I like my food boring too. And if I do the sauce, then I add it to the side and use it sparingly.

    One time I asked for the dressing on the side. And they gave me dressing on the side, but also tossed my salad with the dressing. Um, Hello? 😉

  2. I LOVE THIS POST. I run into this all the time when dining out. I ENJOY not feeling really tired after eating because I ate a nice healthy meal without a lot of fat in it – thank you very much. I hate feeling judged for eating healthier. Hate it! Happens at work too when people see my salad lunches or when I say no to offered office treats.

    • You mean the food coma? 😉 Why do people get offended when you don’t eat their dessert? I have had people literally demand to know why I think I am better than them. Seriously? I just don’t want cake…

  3. Hahaha, I feel ya. I have a few places that we frequent that our regular servers just know now. Last time, we had someone different. All of a sudden, our regular server came busting out of the kitchen with her, scouted out our regular spot, pointed and got my attention “It’s for you, right?” I laughed, nodded and she shewed the waitress in going, “Of course they can do it, grilled salmon, no oil, butter or salt, steamed veggies on the side, no oil, salt, butter or seasoning.” I felt bad for the little girl, but also thought it was sort of hilarious.

  4. Haha, well told. You are not alone!!! You try to make it simple as possible for them (unlike Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”) yet they still are baffled. We’re a simple, healthy folk. We like simple, healthy things. Deal with it.

  5. I love this scenario and face it often. I get reeeeeeeeeal smug if I’m not being heard, and the tip is oposingly proportionate to my level of smug. On the other hand, if I’m heard, not questioned, and it shows up just right — it’s worth a 25% tip.

    Fortunately, the restaurant in my town I most frequent, offers steamed broccoli and zucchini as a side dish — instead of rice and beans. It’s a Mexican restaurant with a healthy flare. I get lean carne asada or chicken, veggies, and I’m good to go 🙂

  6. “I choose this.” Love that. So powerful.

  7. I’m sitting here literally LOL cuz near same thing happened other day when I took my daughter out and I ordered, they looked at me like I was insane…no butter, oil or sauce please and thank you…
    so you just want it grilled plain..
    ummm yes plain…
    are you sure….
    yep I know what I want……

    love your last statement… I choose this…I am happy

  8. Luckily in the UK they just seem to happily take whatever you say and make it, I would hate to have to explain all the time to people what I mean when I say “Plain, no sauce, no oil, no butter, thank you!” It is indeed as obvious as it sounds!

    PS so excited I entered a marathon today!!! Eeeee!

  9. I totally identify with this! And I don’t understand why people feel sorry for me when I CHOOSE to eat this way? I don’t feel sorry for myself for wanting to look good and be healthy! I feel sorry for them that they have health problems from eating things like cream sauce! 😛 Glad you got your “boring” chicken and veggies!

  10. I completely understand and have no idea why others feel sorry when we are happy toile these choices. My mother always says with a little resentment, “do you like being hungry all the time?”. I’m not. I’m happy with my plain, boring diet. My brother tells me I’m “no food fun”. 🙂

    • I do get tired of people making comments about my food. Do I tell them that their food is bringing them closer to a heart attack or make fun of them? Nope! Sure don’t. 😉

  11. BAHAHAHA oh my god this has happened many a time to me at restaurants too. The process is still as painful as the first time!

  12. hahahahaha! Speaking ONLY out of being 12 days out… Cream sauce sounds awesome. 😉 At any other time, I would completely agree! Ha!


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