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Buffet systems are a great way to both eat and serve. As hosts, when you arrange for a buffet, you can serve your guests with a variety of food at a nominal set price for every plate being served. And, as diners, your guests get a variety of cuisines to taste from, and enjoy their meals as much as they want, without worrying about having to share a fixed amount of food amongst the entire group of people.
But, with so much available to munch on, diners generally make certain mistakes, which is why they can’t take complete advantage of the buffet in front of them. What most diners do is that they starve the entire day before attending a buffet as they think it will help them eat more and better. Then, while on the buffet, they take up large portions of something they find really tasty, leaving not much space in their stomachs to taste so much more. Looking at these mistakes and more, we have come up with a blog that can help you know how you can take the most advantage out of a buffet. So, go through this guide, and make sure you enjoy your next buffet invite!
Never starve yourself before going to the buffet
This is one of the most common mistakes that people make. When they know they are invited to a buffet dinner, they starve all day, skipping their lunch and evening snacks to keep their stomachs empty, so that they can enjoy their buffet meal. But, this isn’t the right way. You shouldn’t be skipping your lunch altogether. Instead, you can have a very light and moderate lunch. And, while you may skip your evening snacks, you should remember to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Drinking enough water can help with proper digestion, which will help you eat well at the buffet. And, avoid drinking soda or alcohol the entire day.
Get an overview of all that is available
When you arrive at the buffet, you would generally see soups, salads, and a few delicious starters at the very beginning, which would be followed by the main course and dessert. We suggest that before you start filling your plate with the starters, first take a look at everything around. This will give you an idea of what all is available, giving you a thought about what all you would like to have. You can accordingly adjust and decide upon how much to have what, while focusing on the good stuff.
Take small portions first
Never take up a huge serving of a particular dish only because you love it. First, take small servings of all the starters, try them all, and then you can always go back to get some more of what you liked. Do the same thing for your main course. We suggest this because not everything that looks good may taste as good as you expect it to. Then, taking large portions may either have you stuck up with the food, or else, will have you to throw the food in the bin. Why do such a thing when you have the option to go back and get some more again?
Choose food that you do not get to eat on a regular basis at home
Buffets are where you can enjoy all kinds of lip-smacking dishes. There could be everything from a variety of unique combination of salads, exceptional starters you may not even have heard of, veggies that are too delicious and difficult to make at home, and desserts that you can’t even think of making. So, once you take an overview, look at all those stuff that you may have never heard of, and make a try right away with a very small portion to know how it tastes like. Also, take up those food that you may not be able to make at home. Get away with all the regular dishes that you could always try to make yourself, or get at a restaurant anytime for a small price. Eat what looks exclusive and pricey!
Be selective with what you choose to have
We told you to try everything that is exclusive and pricey. But, this does not mean you take up all that fits the category. You need to make sure you are keeping a balance of what you are taking. For example, don’t take up all the foods that are way too high in calories and fat. Eat only what is good for you. Also, you cannot mix up too much of soft drinks, fried starters, and appetizers – you will only be creating a mess of the buffet experience. Similarly, if you like all the dessert available, don’t take them all; and even if you are tempted to do so, take them in very small proportions. So, be selective in choosing what you are taking on your plate; no matter how tempting it may be to have them all.