The Danger of House Guests

One of the “dangers” of having house guests is finding snack foods in your house that you wouldn’t normally buy OR eat. For example:

I can safely say I would never be tempted to buy this bag of chips on my own. First, if I’m craving junk food it’s usually sugar or chocolate. Second, I’ve learned to restrain myself for the most part. I’ve buying less and less processed food. Sure I have treats once in awhile, but I honestly can’t say the last time I bought Doritos. So imagine my surprise when I got home from work to find an OPENED bag of Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili chips. And damn are they good. Damn damn damn!! I’ve probably eaten two servings already. Damn you Doritos!

The other danger of having house guests is eating out. A lot. I anticipate that I will be eating out quite a bit in the next three weeks. I HOPE I have the willpower and restraint to order smart. I know the tricks of eating out:

  • Drinking a lot of water
  • Drinking alcohol slowly
  • Skip the appetizers
  • Order a salad/half sandwich combo
  • Split entrees
  • Soup and salad or veggies are a good choice
  • Split dessert

Yeah…I know all the tips. I’ve used them many, many times. That doesn’t mean KNOWING is DOING.

I got home from work Thursday night and met Michael and his friend Jeremy (who is visiting from Ireland) before headed out to dinner. We were headed to a movie so Michael decided we should eat at Dot’s Cafe on SE Clinton Street since it was across from the theatre.

Dot's Cafe

Dot’s is a funky hole-in-the-wall cafe that plays weird music and is so dark you can barely see your food.


Oh and did I mention the velvet wallpaper and the Elvis paintings?


It’s your typical Portland restaurant with sketchy service: either really friendly waitstaff of the effing b*itches that are too good to be your waitress. We had a mixture of both at Dot’s. Pretty typical! But the food is good (and cheap).

I drank just water. (Score!) I did not order an appetizer. (Check!) I also did NOT order my favorite item from Dot’s: a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon. Oh my goodness is that good! Instead, I ordered a burrito with black beans, brown rice, jack cheese and chilis. I skipped the guacamole and just went with the sour cream and salsa topping. Jeremy also got the Dot’s Burrito but with chicken.

Somewhat large. I ended up eating 3/4 of the burrito and skipped the chips. Jeremy’s burrito:

This One's For Amy in Ireland

Jeremy ate half of his burrito. Trust me, the burrito is pretty big!

After we ate we walked across the street to see the movie! That’s the next post. 🙂 And boy was it a good one!

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

One thought on “The Danger of House Guests”

  1. I like the restaurant tips. Eating out is unavoidable under many circumstances and most restaurants aren’t going to give you much help, unfortunately.

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