I had been a little leery of the buffet idea. Something goes wrong with my food logic when faced with a long strand of steaming dishes. One problem is that I feel compelled to try everything. That is what I foodie does, right? A second problem is I feel that I have to eat enough to justify what I spent. The third issue is that when I order food and too much is brought to the table, I don’t feel I have to finish everything: I didn’t ask for the portion to be that size, so I’m not responsible for eating it all. At a buffet, however, I asked for it, so I have to finish it.
All three of these problems are confounded by the fact that I can eat, a lot. I am only 5 feet tall and around 120 lbs. However, when I put my mind to it, I can eat like a 200 pound man. The catch, I start looking like a python trying to digest a rabbit.
However, I put my hesitations about buffets aside as Monte Carlo beckoned, luring with champagne and mimosas, and promises of “world” cuisine and a long line of tasty options . . .
|Lox and Bagels|
|Breakfast Sweets: Danishes, Pastries, Blintzes, and Pancakes|
|Hot Breakfast Options: Hash, Sausage, Eggs of many kinds, Bacon, Biscuits and Gravy|
|For Lunch: Charcuterie, Roasted Ham, Asian Cuisine, and Baby Bok Choi|
|And fruit. It is good to have something fresh to balance it all out.|
|My First Round|
My tactic of just getting little bits of all the things that intrigued me was a good tactic. Going back for seconds on the cheese blintzes and baby bok choy and dessert was pushing it. Starting a third glass of champagne wasn’t a bright idea. When the waiter makes a special "champgne sunrise" of cranberry and orange juice just for you, how do you say no?
Finally, trying to move and walk down The Strip under a hot sun and with a full belly crossed the line into mistake. I guess that is why there are so many buffets in Vegas. Stuff them with food. Let them contemplate walking around in the hot sun versus digesting at a slot machine in cool air-conditioning. I bet the latter choice wins more often than not.
Clever, Las Vegas, very clever.