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Old 04-11-2010, 11:22 AM   #71
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Well, I'll stir the pot then. Many choose to be in the position they are in. Don't feel sorry for them or think that they are stupid, they are just different like everyone else.

Now, back to the program...


I don't think "we" eat like we used to. My 14yr old son can eat for 2 people. He is skinny yet eats like a dang cow! He needs the portions. My wife and I, and sometimes daughter, may share a meal between two of us.

I guess I'm fine w/it. Dog loves it, too. It's their business, your choice where to do business.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:33 AM   #72
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BigAl, I hear you! My 14 year old daughter doesn't even hit 100lbs but she can eat more than two of the rest of us! Must be the age.

I firmly believe they need to have a "teen" menu instead of a "kids" menu. Or maybe we could ask for a "portion sized" menu. One of the things I like about many steakhouses is that I can order the size of steak I want.

In a perfect world we could have:

Kid menu - small portions and selections they enjoy
Teen menu - ENORMOUS portions
Adult menu - portion size based on the food guide with option to upsize

I'm undecided as to whether to add "senior" on to that list. And if I did, larger portions or smaller or what? Less spice perhaps?
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:54 AM   #73
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Good point, Alix. Senior menu may need to concentrate on salt, cholesterol/fat, etc. I like the teen menu idea. I have friends that can eat as much as a 14yr old and till look just fine. All based on price and portions. Kids 1st grade and under eat free w/2 adult purchases. To feed your teen you'll have to have another lein on your car. If your a senior, we'll keep you alive another day. Anyone else be happy you can eat here.

Good idea, imho. Problem is someone will bitc.......er I mean complain. That tends to be the "American" way, if your unhappy, make everyone else unhappy, too.
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Old 04-11-2010, 02:54 PM   #74
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Large portions served at any establishment in my opinion are not a reason to be questioned. If the food is good quality and the staff is welcoming and pleasant then bring it on!

I have been gradually cutting back on my food intake and when we go to a place that serves large portions we either make provisions for leftovers (YUM), share amongst the table or order a variety and divide portions to try more entrees.

We have two adults and three kids and when we go out we order and share. Sometimes my little girl and I plan to share a dish if it is huge and we can agree. Heehee. Two of our kids are actually teenage boys so they do try to eat way more than is necesary but they help make sure nothing goes to waste!

I think it's a gesture to make sure customers get more for their money. Some customers are drawn to a place that gives huge portions because they think they're getting something for nothing. Serving sizes and prices are relative and it is impossible to please everyone all the time. Even in this thread we all have differing opinions about portion sizes and what would be fair servings for the price. As long as we don't get overcharged we're doing pretty good I think.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:12 AM   #75
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I have been gradually cutting back on my food intake and when we go to a place that serves large portions we either make provisions for leftovers (YUM), share amongst the table or order a variety and divide portions to try more entrees.
This has become standard practice for me and my boyfriend as well. We have both spent most of the last 6 years in the Middle East and Asia, and in this region of the world it is common for the table to share all their dishes with one another. When we go out to eat, we either share one entree and an appetizer, or get two or three entrees (if we have friends with us), still share and still have some to take home. It never bothers me to take home leftovers. Just because the restaurant rolls out half a cow doesn't mean I have to eat it all in one sitting.
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:52 PM   #76
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:39 PM   #77
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Frankly, so long as the food is good, I'm a fan of large portions. Not because I overeat or like to stuff myself, but because I really like being able to enjoy the leftovers for lunch the following day - whether it's 1/2 an omelet & some pancakes from "IHOP", or part of the Lamb Trio special from our local upscale European bistro "It's About Thyme".
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:29 PM   #78
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So many people eat way too much food... :( When doing a project years back in highschool, I read that the average amount of calories (average. NOT for everyone...) consumed per day per person has increased significantly in the past 100 years... Also, from what I've seen travelling, portions of food in Europe are WAY smaller than what we get here in restaurants in North America...
In Toronto, at Pickle Barrel, their portions are HUGE!!!! Even my husband who eats a LOT, can't really finish his meals there... I've never been able to finish a whole meal at that place...
So many people are overweight because they don't actually know what "a single serving" of most foods really consists of, and it's sad... Not just because it makes them heavier than they should be (I'm not that judgemental), but because it's not healthy at all. Many of my family members never took care of themselves, and didn't know what proper portions of their foods were, and that resulted in heart diseases and diabetes for many of them. It's unfortunate... :(
Anyways, that's enough of my rant on this...
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:58 PM   #79
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I'm with Breeze on this one, huge is great as long as the food is prepared well. I don't have too hard of a time pushing myself away from the table. I love taking leftovers home for lunch the next day, or even deconstructing the leftovers and making something different from them.
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BigAl, I hear you! My 14 year old daughter doesn't even hit 100lbs but she can eat more than two of the rest of us! Must be the age.

I firmly believe they need to have a "teen" menu instead of a "kids" menu. Or maybe we could ask for a "portion sized" menu. One of the things I like about many steakhouses is that I can order the size of steak I want.

In a perfect world we could have:

Kid menu - small portions and selections they enjoy
Teen menu - ENORMOUS portions
Adult menu - portion size based on the food guide with option to upsize

I'm undecided as to whether to add "senior" on to that list. And if I did, larger portions or smaller or what? Less spice perhaps?
i am a "senior". i always order from the reg. menu . i love taking leftovers home. over the years i have learned what a portion should be and that is what i eat. since heart failure, must really watch sodium intake. guess i can't go out to eat. they really lay on the salt most places i have eaten.
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