The real art of eating at a buffet is plating your food in an appealing manner. I am biased: nothing kills my appetite faster than the sight of an overladen plate that looks like a trough into which the kitchen scraps have been dumped.
Okay, I’ll own it: this is all a bit OCD, but do us both a favor and try this next time you find yourself facing an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord:
- Walk the whole buffet first, making your selections;
- Then take a plate and resolve to put no more than three different foods onto it;
- Set the food on your plate while pretending you are serving someone you want to impress.
I wager that when you get back to the table, you will eat more slowly, savor your meal, and feel better afterwards.