America is known for big things. Houses, cars, distances, shopping malls, highways. But nothing annoys me more than big food portions.
When I was growing up, it was considered rude to leave anything on your plate – even if you are about to explode from all the food you’ve consumed. Between you parents sending you on a guilt trip reminding you about all the starving kids in third world countries and your party host driving you nuts with the question “Was the dish so bad that you don’t want to finish it?” you learned to eat up whatever was on your plate just to avoid all these interactions.
This habit played a bad trick on me when I moved to the US. It wasn’t until quite a few pounds later and all of our overseas guests, who were steadily shocked seeing the size of the plates in the restaurants that I realized that it’s time to drop the childhood habit of finishing whatever is on your plate, otherwise the consequences might be irreversible.
Yesterday we drove to Annapolis, MD for the change of scenery, fresh oysters and for allegedly the best crab cakes in the country at Boatyard Bar and Grill. Continue reading