Last weekend, dh and I headed to Winona to meet with a friend and have a day with the bluffs, the eagles, the winding roads and the river, the big river. You may remember, it was a perfect day.
The sun was shining, the wind was slight, the buds are blooming, the birds are singing, the insects have not yet shown up to bite sweet me. Hooray, and many thanks for such a lovely day. But, alas and alack, we began to become hungry after leaving our friend.
We decided to go to Perkins in Winona. I had a marvelous breakfast scrambler with potatoes, bacon,eggs, cheese in one dish and a cup of melons, and a blueberry mammoth muffin, with extra mammoth, as dh always tells the waitress and always gets a laugh. Dh had the usual bacon double cheeseburger and fries…pushing 1300 calories.
I was smart though, I had the waiter put the muffin in a bag even before I started eating. This muffin was destined to be Monday morning’s breakfast. While I didn’t know how many calories this meal was going to put on my frame, I knew it was pretty hefty.
Now, I had heard recently that we shouldn’t count calories, but should pay attention to our activity levels much more. I agree, but then I start eating like a football player and am getting old enough to where it sticks more and more.
Well, now I am home and thought, I am gonna blog the Perkins in Winona, so I look up the nutrition and calorie info at http://nc.perkinsrestaurants.com/PerkinsNC/# and find out that my choice was not too bad at 790 for the scrambler and fruit cup, minus the mammoth blueberry muffin at 510 calories. Together they would have topped 1300 calories with my iced tea, unsweetened and with lemon. That’s almost a whole day’s intake for me when I am not toodling around. But because I didn’t eat too much for breakfast, and brought along a cheese sandwich on Italian light wheat bread, which came in under 200 calories, I actually lost a half pound for the day, even if it was only water weight, I still count it for psychological reasons.
Stick with the Turkey Dinner, forget about the roll, and stay under 800 calories, if you are counting. If you are serious, get a 100 calorie cup of chicken noodle soup and hope you don’t pass out from low blood sugar on the way home.
So, it was a great meal, all in all, and a very nice Perkins it was, except for one little thing. I went to wash my hands but you have to go to the Quality Inn which is attached to Perkins. So, that I did, and there was this woman in the rest room, completely naked. Now I can hear a few of the male readers saying, “why doesn’t this stuff happen to me?” already, but I wish it didn’t happen to me because this woman was obviously disturbed (by the way she was acting toward me)and might have been a danger to herself or young children. My point here is please don’t send your children alone to any rest rooms and go inside with them and check them out thoroughly before you leave them in there alone. Nuff said.
I let the manager know about the situation. The rest rooms there are just around the corner from an entrance and anyone can mosey in there, where there are no cameras. Now, I think the situation will be different. Even in Winona, weird things happen. Oh, and I didn’t get to wash my hands as I did a pretty fast about face and hightailed it out of there, wiki wiki.