Okay, this is off-topic from anything Amish…but I mentioned on Facebook last night that I met up yesterday with a large gathering of my family at the Golden Corral to celebrate my Aunt’s 90th birthday party. If you are fortunate enough to make it to age 90 then, hey, you can eat wherever you darn well please. But I always have such ambivalence when I visit buffets. I know we’ve talked about buffets before, but not on this new website:) First of all, there’s always a little bit of nagging guilt when I visit these troughs. There are people in other countries who wouldn’t see that much food maybe in their entire lifetime (exaggeration, maybe? I don’t know..) and we just pay $10 and can eat endlessly. There’s something vaguely unfair about that it seems. Even after I manage to extinguish the guilt, which I usually manage to do, my attention then shifts to the germaphobe in me: people skipping the tongs and grabbing rolls with their bare hands, the sneeze guards not being expansive enough, and how long has that corn casserole been sitting out anyway? It just seems like there are so many things that can go wrong from a health standpoint eating at a buffet that it’s like playing Russian roulette with a fork. Buffets at casinos (not that I frequent casinos all that often) seem to receive maybe a bit more TLC than a chain place like Golden Corral so I tend to like those better. And, oh geez, what is with this “chocolate fountain” at Golden Corral??? Yes, I speared a Rice Krispie treat onto a skewer and jabbed it into the chocolate Niagara Falls…but how healthy can that be to have a river of cocoa cascading continuously??? Am I just being a stick in the chocolate mud??
And there goes the skewer into the mighty chocolate fountain……And if I live to be 90, maybe I’ll celebrate at a buffet because if one can make it that long you’re probably immune from most of the germs found in such a place anyway! So do you have any buffet thoughts? Do you have a favorite buffet restaurant that you eat at where it actually seems relatively clean and safe??
PS – The Amish actually are prolific “buffeters”…they’ll set up a table full of food – no steam tables or sneeze guards – and just go down the line. Of course, it’s not just an Amish thing, many families do that, but somehow “family germs” never seem as bad:)