Let’s talk about how intuitive eating can sometimes mean eating past the feeling of fullness simply because food tastes good and you’re enjoying the experience. This is totally an a-okay thing! It actually happened to me this past Monday. That day my roommates convinced me to get dinner. It was a restaurant they’ve been talking about so frequently that I couldn’t say no. Now those of you that know me know I don’t often go out on weeknights since I get up so early. BUT I’m trying to live a little more, I’m only 27 after all (well almost).
I got home from work, did my workout (or rather struggled through it), and got ready for dinner. I met my roommates there and it was such a nice commute.
The restaurant was gorgeous too, very clean and slightly modern. Perks to going out to eat on a Monday definitely includes less crowds and no need for a reservation. Unfortunately there was a rowdy group of bros sitting next to us who were very loud. But we enjoyed our time nonetheless.
My roommates were so great about explaining the menu to me. I had done some research beforehand (as is my usual plan of attack) but was still overwhelmed. I have never had hot pot or ramen before! Gasp!
I went with ramen, as my roommate put it “do you want to work for your food or have it cooked for you?” On a Monday night I definitely don’t want to work for my food. And so I went with the miso ramen with additions of stir fried buttered corn (best thing EVER) and spicy fried tofu. I really wanted some tofu but it was super spicy and I probably won’t get it next time. And yes, there will be a next time. However I have heard I should try another ramen place in Harvard Square. Definitely on my list.
The soup dumplings were also a new experience. The first one I tried was very hot, but once they cooled down it was rather enjoyable! A very interesting appetizer, which came out after our meals because ramen cooks so fast. They come in such a cute little basket.
We chatted about other restaurants we want to visit together this summer and I realized I honestly haven’t been to that many places...sure I’ve visited a few multiple times (Barcelona) and a few others but I need to branch out more! Even if it means getting pizza, salad or sandwiches, not necessarily large meals each time. I could use saving some money too! Although Monday night was delicious and not that expensive! I can definitely fit more adventures into my budget (which I never actually succeed at following anyways).
After dinner we had to go to Toscanini, which is right across the street. Damn you Toscanini for having some intriguing flavors haha. I was just so full from eating all of my ramen. I felt I was getting full a little over halfway through but it was just SO good and such a unique flavorful and textural experience that I didn’t want to stop eating. I wasn’t even talking much because I was too busy eating. But also how can I pass up unique flavors of ice cream!? There were so many fun kinds. I tasted B3 (brown butter, brown sugar, and brownies) and cardamom ice cream with almonds and pistachios. Both were great but B3 is their most popular so I went with that. I will definitely be back. It was unbelievable.
I went to bed super full. In both stomach and heart (cheesy right?) Both eating experiences were well worth feeling full. Would I stop eating my ramen a bit earlier next time and take it home? Probably. Do I regret finishing it all this time? Nope. Do I regret going out to dinner on a Monday? Also-freaking-lutely not.