How to eat right at a buffet restaurant

30 May

After we returned from our morning beach jogging, we decided to have our brunch at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Champagne Brunch at Knott’s Berry Farm to use the free coupon that we got.

At first we thought we could get 2 free champagne brunch with this coupon but that wasn’t the case. The coupon could only be used by one person at one time. So the other one will be redeemable at the next visit. D’oh! So we ended up have to pay about $23.00 (includes tax for both of us, the coupon doesn’t cover tax and tips). I should’ve paid more attention to the fine print on the back.

We got there around 10 am so it wasn’t as crowded yet. The food choice was ok, not the best. They had their famous deep fried chicken, which I only tried one chicken wing and also their biscuits. The rest of the foods are a little bit of Mexican (spanish fried rice, tortilla chips and salsa, tortilla, cheese enchiladas to name a few), Asian food (orange chicken, beef broccoli stir fry, chow mein), Italian and one more that I couldn’t remember. Also salad bar, and a table full of desserts. They also had a person to make you an omelet, but too bad they only had egg beaters and no egg whites. Oh well. Also turkey and ham.

We got a glass of orange juice and a glass of champagne. The champagne was not too strong, but I am not a drinker so I just took a little sips here and there. Almost looked like I didn’t touch it at all.

I prefer to have this hot tea. The AC was a bit too cold and I didn’t wear enough sweater 😦 What could I say, it was so sunny and warm outside!

Here’s my first plate:

mini bagel (ate 1/2 and gave the other to my hubby), some strawberries, a bit of garden salad, some mixed potatoes with bell peppers and a mini waffle

The breakfast selection wasn’t that many actually if you didn’t have the omelet. There were no bread, despite there was a basket full of Knott’s Jams! Bummer! They had a basket of mini waffles, along with its usual companions (whipped cream and syrup or whatever you called it) and mini bagels with cream cheese. Unless you want to try Mexican breads or the dessert tables full of mini muffins, cupcakes, and pies.

look pretty cool but I didn't have any.

apple pies and boysenberry pies, walked by it three times but didn't have any in the end haha

Since this place is famous with its fried chicken, I decided to have a little “bad” food for my second round.

1 fried chicken wing, some tortilla chips with salsa, mixed potatoes with bell pepper, and a mini biscuit

The fried chicken wing was ok, but I didn’t want to have too many. Same thing with the chips. The chips were a bit salty to my taste and salt didn’t do well for my mouth. Last time I had a bit more salted dry nuts, I got this stupid canker sore for almost 2 weeks. The biscuit was on the soggy side, wasn’t fluffy and flaky as it supposed to be. It tasted more like a soggy bread than a biscuit.

So what was next after a plate of slightly “bad” food? A plate full of veggies of course! I had a full plate of garden salad, with a bit of cocktail shrimps and topped with salsa as my dressing! It was good!!

the salsa was getting spicier after a while..but I still finished the whole plate!

Three plates total, wow! It was dessert time! I walked passed by the dessert table a couple time, thinking if I should try some of those. I am not a sweet tooth person but once a while I do want to give a little treat to myself. However, I was drawn into their fruits area because they have this HUGE AND SUPER AMAZINGLY SWEET STRAWBERRIES!

Ok, that was the last one. Phew, I was full but not overly stuffed, which was good! I don’t like the feeling of being overstuffed that you have to unbutton your jeans. We walked around the shops before we headed home. There you go! Eating at a buffet restaurant can be as healthy or as bad, depending on your food selections. And also eating at a buffet doesn’t mean you have to have a lot of stuff. The trick is to get a very small portion of some foods that you’re interested in. If you like it, you can always go back to get more.

After we got back home, we decided to take a little nap. Getting up at 4:30 am and jogged for about 1 1/2 hour for 6 miles was a little tiring. Not to mention the nice sunny and breezy So Cal weather we were having here.

One hour later, we decided to start the house cleaning, our usual weekend ritual. But instead, we felt a bit hungry so we snacked on some stuff. I toasted one slice of the wheat bread and a cup of non fat plain yogurt with fresh blackberries.

nicely toasted!

topped with pb


what's better than having cool plain non fat yogurt with fresh blackberries in this hot weather?

My hubby was having a couple slices of green onion bread and one pita bread. I had a couple bites of those too. Sorry no pics.

After fulfilling our tummy needs, we split to do our own chores. Laundry, cleaning, etc all done right on time. We weren’t that hungry so dinner was kept light. Lots of spinach, boiled nappa cabbage and a bunch of whatever leftovers from yesterday. It wasn’t that interesting so no pictures.

All right, I’m waiting for the bread to be done rising so I could make the chocolate bread for my friend tomorrow when I visiting her.

Before that, here’s something interesting

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