pack. it. down.

by Holly on March 20, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,Indian,lunch

Here’s the thing about me…I can eat like veteran, 300-pound, “you-want-an-order-of-onion-rings-and-fries-with-that?” truck driver.  There is a reason why I’ve downed 3/4 of a sheet cake on a dare and why I once drank a styrofoam cup of sweet and sour sauce for a measly $7.12.  Coupled with my insatiable desire to win, my ability to eat has rivaled many a boys, men and yes, even truck drivers.

However, I’ve obviously matured and let go of some of my competitve juices in the name of health.  I practice portion control, make sure to get those 5-10 servings of fruits + veggies in a day and adhere to an ‘everythingtarian’ diet.  Not only do I feel MUCH better (you don’t even want to know the sounds your stomach can make after devouring that much yellow cake + chocolate frosting), but it has helped me achieve more balance in my life overall.

However (yes, that is the second however), sometimes I still surprise myself at the amount of food I manage to fit in my stomach.  Sometimes the stars align perfectly with the fates, creating the perfect atmosphere where yours truly can PACK. IT. DOWN. No shame ladies, no shame.

And so it started this morning, with an innocent looking pair of PB+J toasts.

Coupled with a whole pineapple

Yes, I said whole pineapple. When it’s fresh and in-season, there’s no stopping at half.

When my breakfast only lasted me a measly 3 hours, I should have predicted it was going to be a foodie-filled day.  Around 11am, my stomach was already churning and gurgling for food, and I had one thing on my mind: INDIAN BUFFET.

And once you have INDIAN BUFFET on the mind, there is simple no going back. I can’t think of another place in the entire world where I am happier stuffing my face with delicious food.

(from the top of the plate, going clockwise)

  • salad
  • two vegetable samosas (with mint + onion chutney)
  • two pieces naan
  • aloo gajar
  • spinach chana
  • chicken tikka masala

Don’t know what any of that means? Have no fear!  A “Reader’s Request” post all about INDIAN FOOD is in the works.  Get excited.

Also get excited because I definitely went back for a 2nd plate – after the requisite 5-minute break, obvs. To fill up and get your money’s worth at buffets, I highly recommend 5-minute breaks between trips.  It does wonders for the amount of food you can fit in your stomach.

After a work day lacking major motivation, I grabbed dinner + drinks out with two lovely gents…

Kevin + Brett = cutest things ever.

It started with a local Lake Louie APA beer…

…x2 throughout the evening.

Then, we progressed to an unphotographed Mediterranean Plate filled with pita, hummus, olives, feta, Greek salad and tabbouli split between the three of us.  ‘Twas amazing.

For dinner, I picked something completely UNLIKE me…

If you read, “Bob’s (Organic) Bad Breath Burger a half-pound of ground Lange Farms organic Wisconsin beef* with cream cheese, caramelized onions, garlic, tomatoes and Pickapeppa sauce with Yukon Gold potatoes and mixed greens,” then you got it right.

Because I figure, if I want a burger, then it’s going to be one like this..

Okay, maybe not exactly like THAT. Maybe more like this…


Potatoes and salad? DEVOURED. Burger? 3/4 DEVOURED.  Holly? Still hungry.

Have no fear.  Go big or go home is one of the great mottos of my life.  And I have a feeling there is no better way of “going big” (and NOT going home…giving up is not an option) than with a Honey Ricotta Cheesecake.


After almost four hours of drinking, chatting, laughing and playing board games, I came home a happy, satisfied Holly.  I was in bed by midnight and surprisingly not too full at all….in fact, just right.


Angharad (Eating for England) March 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

YUM. I made more chana masala the other night and am currently looking for MORE indian food to make so I am pumped about your indian food post lil lady!

Good effort on the burger as well…in fact I believe that my Wednesday looked a lot like your yesterday: burger and fries for lunch and chana masala for dinner with a dessert of various english chocolate! YES.

Oh and if you want to share my hobnobs, you’d best hop in your car quick smart! They’s goin’ fast! xxx

Leah Z March 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

Ahhh your food looks soo amazing!! It’s so awesome to see another blogger who can eat! Man, when I was doing competitive swimming and practicing 10 times a week, I would out eat my brother and dad combined, every single night! I bet I still could too haha

Erica March 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

Gotta eat when you’re hungry, right? Glad you had a delicious day. The cheesey cake looks yummy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend

Katie March 20, 2010 at 11:31 am

We share a food philosophy, my love. WHEN you come here, we have to go to “Curry Hill,” a neighborhood in the east 20s that is filled with Indian restaurants!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness March 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

That cheesecake looks like it needs to be in my life.

And I’m awesome at doing some damage at the buffet if I’m in the right mood/situation. If you take me to a brunch buffet and I haven’t had breakfast, it’s so on… watch your fingers.

Sounds like you had a good night! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

clay March 20, 2010 at 11:54 am

Way to Pack. It. Down.!

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) March 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I second Katie’s notion, you would melt like Ghee if you saw the amazing Indian cuisines offered on “Curry Hill.” I was first introduced to Indian food through my sister’s husband, whose Eastern Indian. Good lawd, every since the age of 8 (when they started dating) I’ve been spoiled with the amazing feasts at their family get togethers.

Sometimes, you just gotta go for burgers and beers on Fridays. It’s a classic American tradition.

Glad to see you livin’ and eatin’ it up! Have a fabulous remainder to your weekend!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Pineapple is definitely a gift from the gods. Also, you now have me craving Indian food at 10am. Thank you.

Jessica March 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

DATS MA GURLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! Or, in more proper terms–That’s my girl!
From that delicious pb & j breakfast to the indian AND Mediterranean food all in one day? Oh my gosh, I heart you big time! When I eat out–those two (besides mexican) are mis favoritas!

And yes. Agreed! Pineapple is too good for words. Whenever my sorority house has it available with breakfast I always heat it up WITH the oatmeal and mayjuh peanut butter spoonage and it just makes me drool every time! True story. It’s super refreshing when cold though, I gotta get back to doing that too!!

Glad you had a fun night out with yo’ boys! GET EXCITED FOR THE SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER!!!! Love youuuuu.

glidingcalm March 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I bet I could eat more sheet cake than you.

UM, I actually get mad when people go to buffets and don’t get 2nds.

ya made me proud WOMANG

Evan Thomas March 20, 2010 at 1:10 pm

If it’s possible, I love you 5 times more after this post. You go, girl. I can eat about 1/3 of that and then feel like a hungover trucker the next day. And I love that you went for the cheesecake after the organic burger–gotta keep it classy ;-)

katie March 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

ahh i have NEVER had indian food! a buffet sounds amazinggg :)

Matt March 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm

GO BIG OR GO HOME! Haha. I love that!

People are actually surprised at how much food I can pack in. I am TINY, but my stomach isn’t ;)

Susan March 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I am glad you are beasting delicious food! Totally not the same as wolfing down a box of frosted flakes in front of the tv and not even tasting them. I’m the same way! I have to cook half a butternut squash at once because I will eat the whole thing! And I could easily eat 3 apples in a row no prob.

I’m SO excited for your Indian food post!

Lara March 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

LOL you must have an AMAZING metabolism. I know you don’t eat like that everyday but still. Whew that is a lot of food. All looks super delicious.

Killian Fallon March 20, 2010 at 2:38 pm

It’s so refreshing to hear about a woman who is proud of her appetite! I salute you!

Jenna March 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Sounds like a great day with eats!!

Lauren March 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Oh girl, we ALL HAVE THESE DAYS and I can’t tell you how awesome I think your attitude about it is. BE PROUD of how amazing your body is to enjoy all these wonderful foods. I have days where I feel like I eat every single hour of the day and then others where I am just not hungry at all. It always always balances out in the end. Trust that and you will always be healthy! :)

What an awesome day! :)

Mama Pea March 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Kevin + Brett + Holly = CUTEST CUTEST things ever.

You are the cutest truck driver I’VE ever seen, and I spend a lot of time at rest areas.

Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food March 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Haha! You’re a beast, girl! Way to go! I’m getting Indian food soon and now I’m really excited!

Krissy March 20, 2010 at 4:30 pm

You GO girl! Gotta listen when the stomach says feed me!! :) xoxo

April March 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm

You are just so adorable!! I’m glad to see another women who likes to EAT!!

Kristie March 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Holly, if I weren’t a vegan I feel like I would be ordering that burger every time I went to Weary Traveler :-P

Showty March 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I too have had days like this!! I have been known to devour almost an entire pizza by myself and shamefully also almost devoured a homemade pecan pie (because the fresh pecans come out of the tree in my back yard, were shelled by me, and the pie was yes, made by me, good stuff). Glad you enjoyed the day, they are definately few and far between!

Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine March 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

YES! I can totally eat like a champ too :) That Indian buffet looks ah-mazing!!! I went for Indian last weekend and ate 2 gigantic plates full…hello Indian food baby! I grew up eating Indian food (i’m Indian) and I tend to go overboard on it on the rare occasions I eat it now.

PS I love your blog :)

Megan March 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

you were so close to finishing that cake…i think the sherwin house + the sherwin candy drawer is possibly why we all had terrible eating habits…. love you lady!

Alison March 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Mmmmmmm. I love Indian food. In fact some is cooking here right now! But you gotta love the variety you get in the buffet! You deserve a wonderful foodie day like that!

I can’t wait to go to England and get Indian food there. For some reason the HUGE dosa pancakes are calling me.

Crunchy Granola Gal March 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm

clearly you’re a food champ like me. i shock people with my abilities, actually. uhhh we rule.

Tiffany March 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I’m having visions of Large Marge from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure now. Awesome stuff!

Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin March 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love that you’re not ashamed to “pack it down” girl! I’m always proud when I can out-eat a guy haha!

That pineapple looks so good – I’m definitely craving some now. I’ve never had Indian food before so I’m looking forward to the post all about it!

Erica Rose March 20, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Thank you SO much for posting this! I too can eat like crazy on occasion, and I love knowing there are other ladies out there who can do the same.

sophia March 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm

That’s okay, Holly. This is the reason why I love ya. You are not a teeny meeny 5 mini meal eater. You are real, and you can stuff it in…which I think is so admirable and almost rare nowadays! Haha! I’ve got a stomach of steel, too, so we need to eat together, and shock the hell out of people. :-)

Gabriela (froyolover) March 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

YUUUM – gotta LOVE pineapple!
I´ve never tried PB&J toast! I´m dying to do it, sometime.. ;)
Have a great Sunday, girl!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

Andrea@WellnessNotes March 21, 2010 at 12:08 am

Now I want to go to an Indian buffet! Actually, I have been wanting to go for weeks, no months, now, and your plate brought it all back…. All your eats sound & look delicious! I’m so glad you felt just right! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 21, 2010 at 1:52 am

so happy you had a fun time! and a whole pineapple? that’s been known to give a toddler a diaper rash :) that’s your motherhood once upon a time tip…it’s a highly acidic fruit and dont let your kid eat a whole one or you’ll pay the price later! haha!

Jenny March 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

AMEN girl! After quite a long journey, I’m finally learning that it’s OKAY that one meal does not satisfy me for long…in fact during my vacation in mexico, I think my fam was quite annoyed when I kept asking when the bread basket was coming back around at dinner…

And pineapple, yes, please! So delicious when perfect and in season.

grm3690 March 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Hey, Holly! just found your blog and I love your approach to eating and life in general!

Girl, that burger looks delicious! Good to see that you are devouring some yummy food, and life as well :-)

janetha March 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm

indian buffet? INDIAN BUFFET?!?! holy shit, put me on the next plane to hollyville.

dude. i just realized, when i typed that, that you should PROBABLY live in hollywood. just sayin.

mmmm.. i love pineapples. i wish i could eat a whole one! i have that whole geographic tongue thing though.

great eats. sometimes i think im a bottomless pit, too. i love it and i hate it.

Julie @SavvyEats March 22, 2010 at 12:05 am

Where did you go for Indian food? I’ve only been to one Indian place in Madison, but it was good.

Can we PLEASE have a blogger meet-up soon??

Therese March 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

You=gorgous! Perfect ringlets.

OMG you and I could go toe to toe in a bloggie eating competitions. Seriously I have taken down half a Giordano’s extra large deep dish before (the hubs took down the other half). I’m not sure I should be proud of this….

Katie March 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I LOVE days like this! I was just thinking tonight that my appetite hasn’t revved up in a while – I hope my body is gearing up for a phenomenal day like yours!

Susan March 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

Yes yes and YES! I love this post, because I too can fit an enormous amount of food in my belly. Except not pineapple. I’m pretty sure a full one would be the death of me :\

Can’t wait for the Indian food post! I am sooo lost when it comes to that stuff.

Sarah (Finding My Balance) March 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

I really think we are the same person.
I totally pull off the SHE ate THAT?? thing, and I out-eat many boys. I’m with you one the wait-5-mins-at-a-buffet-so-you-can-eat-more, the giant burgers, and the dessert anyways! Girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do…
Oh, and I, too, have eaten a sheet cake on a dare before. Yup.

Bekah March 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm

So I’ve had this window open to comment for like EVER, but now I forgot what I wanted to say. Anwho, you make me laugh out loud lady, every single time I read. Just thought I’d throw that out there. Love ya and hope you are doing well!


Wendy March 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Kevin looks just like a Kevin I went to high school with in GA (Kevin Ware). Is that the same Kevin?

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