I had been looking forward to lunch at Flip Side all month, and I sat down at the table ravenously hungry. That was my first mistake.
After researching the menu, I knew I was going to have a cheeseburger and fries; but I should have planned much better by no going in so hungry. Instead, I threw caution to the wind and started out with a chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzel milkshake. Granted, it was probably one of the best milkshakes I've ever had, but I can't even imagine the calorie count.
Next came the appetizers where we then split chili cheese fries, Parmesan fries, and tempura asparagus and mushrooms between the 5 of us. The best part was the asparagus which was very, very lightly battered. Sadly, I shoveled and inhaled without thinking making myself full before my burger ever arrived. Mistake #2.
BUT that didn't stop me from devouring my burger topped with aged provolone, bacon, onions, and a fried egg. I have to admit that the burger part was actually the best testing burger I've ever had. You can definitely tell a difference in the all organic, grass fed beef they use . . . but I digress . . .
Everything tasted AMAZING, but it wasn't worth how I felt in the end. Even while still sitting at the table, I felt my heart begin to race - no lie. Upon leaving, I felt like I had a brick in my abdomen. I felt sluggish. I felt light headed. I felt like pure, unadulterated, C-R-A-P.
What was the lessons I learned? 1) Nothing tastes that good. 2) Always have a plan. 3) Write before you bite.
Next time (yes, I'll definitely go back), I'll skip the shake and fries; and I'll enjoy the tempura and a bunless burger.
The key is to find a way to still enjoy food and life. Don't deprive yourself.