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meyery2k

I survived Ken's Pancake House!!!

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We represent the Toshiba line of product and the sales engineer comes to Hawaii to work with us twice a year.  He will spend the day in Hilo with me.  We get along great being about the same age and technical competence.  We are both geeks too...

 

He likes to go to a place called Ken's Pancake House which is known for, wait for it, pancakes....  The irony was that today was national pancake day.

 

I was stressing over this all weekend because this would be a big test for me.  They serve these large breakfasts with 2 sides of starch.  You can choose rice, or hash browns AND toast or, yep, pancakes.

 

I really enjoy hash browns.  The pancakes, I will eat them since they are part of the meal, but they are typical pancakes.

 

We go to the restaurant and sit in a booth (my belly no longer touches the table by the way).  David is commenting on my weight loss and asking me how I did it.  I went into the restaurant and have a plan I learned at my first go of eating out.  I would order a side ala carte. 

 

I open the menu and, thankfully, discover that you can sub 1 item with tomatoes or cottage cheese and the other item with pineapple.  The entrée is already very large so I got this lol... 

 

David orders the hash browns and pancakes and I live vicariously through him.  I ordered a bacon and cheese omelet with tomato and pineapple on the side.  I was perfectly happy.  I had about 1/2 of a pineapple ring because I don't need all the carbs but, man, it sure tasted good!  I didn't have the opportunity to test but I think it was ok.

 

An unexpected benefit was that I did not have a greasy potato messing up my innards lol...

 

We later went to a store where they make candy.  When you walk in the door they give you a little sample cup with 2 small items in it.  A piece of their macadamia nut shortbread and a piece of their milk chocolate.  Each is about the size of a Hershey's Kiss.  It is served in a small white paper cup and I am always reminded of the medicine scene from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" when I go there.

 

I made a decision that this was something diabetes would not rob me of.  I took my "medicine" and enjoyed the small sample of 100% Kona coffee they also give.  While shopping they have free samples of the other things they make but I avoided those.  In the past I would have had a "candy lunch" lol...

 

So I tested about 2 hours after the candy and I read at 101 with the Relion meter.  Whether it is the Relion or the One Touch 101 is a good number.

 

I told Kala and she, knowing how OCD I am about some things, commented that she was glad to see that I can still enjoy things like that once in a while.  Her reasoning, and mine, is that if it is a once in a great while thing that it is not going to really matter in the long run.

 

The whole day was a good day.  I got to see a good friend.  Eat a good meal and mostly stick to LC.  Have some fun and do something from the pre ClubD! days and not pay too dearly for it.

 

 

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Seagal

You showed exemplary restraint, yet indulged small and had a great time!  Commendations are in order :congrats: 

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jwags

I have learned when I go into restraunts to ask a lot of questions. My daughter is a chef and told me many restraunts add pancake batter to their scrambled eggs to fluff them up. Somfor those of us who are sensitive to wheat be careful.

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meyery2k

I wonder if this is what is done here.  Their omelets come out looking so different than mine.  A bit puffier and fluffier...

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modcarb

I wonder if this is what is done here.  Their omelets come out looking so different than mine.  A bit puffier and fluffier...

 

They probably have pancake batter in them.

IHOP states on their menu that they add it to their omelets.

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TX_Clint

Add some milk to eggs when making omelets. I use unsweetened almond milk. Makes the omelet fluffy. Use a medium skillet on low heat with a pat of butter. When the bottom of the egg is firm. Add crumbled cooked bacon, sausage, jalapeño, and cheese then fold. Continue to heat for a bit. Add a dash of salt and black pepper. Remove and toss on a bit of shredded cheese and some Cholula sauce and walla. 

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jwags

My daughter is a chef at a small restraunt and the owner wanted to know why her omlettes weren't as fluffy as the ones at IHOP and a Perkins. My daughter told her it is widely known that they add pancake batter to eggs to give them that fluffy look. So always ask. I find if you are making eggs at home,mwhit your heavy cream and fold it into your egg mixture before cooking.

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meyery2k

All great advice.  I usually use sour cream when whipping the eggs.  I get good results just not like the pancake house.  Of course if I put pancake batter in things it would come out different lol...

 

One other benefit of club membership, you learn to cook lol...

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