After celebrating my birthday dinner with my friends at Candle Cafe West, I realized candle cafe has been part of my life for a very long time. Over the years I have gotten to know Joy, Bart, and Jorge, the owners of Candle.
We’d have lunches together, Jorge would show me around the kitchen, Bart and Joy would tell me stories about how Candle started. They truly took me in as part of their family! I have never met people so kind hearted, and truly passionate about what they do. Everything is always organic, and they get their produce from the local famers market! So its safe to say whenever I go to Candle I feel right at home! As our relationship grew Joy started calling me about different job opportunities! I would do demos with them and cooking classes, being Jorge’s right hand man! I represented candle at The Seed Event,
I even went to Dr.Oz’s Health Corps Gala representing Candle!
Next thing I knew, Joy and Bart were discussing a new cook book to be released this fall, I was asked to test some recipes and come up with a few! Look out this fall, you may find a recipe of mine in there 😉
Ohhh and here are some of the dishes we ordered at Candle Cafe West! Yes we pretty much ordered everything!
So anyways I find a lot of the time people find it hard to eat out and still eat healthy so I thought id give you some tips to eating out
1. If it says crispy, or crunchy, its most likely fried
2. Ask for dressing on the side, that way you can control how much dressing your putting, most likely when you order a salad out they are over dressing it.
3. Steamed not Sautéed- theres no problem with sautéing some vegetables at home, but when you are eating out they want the food to taste good AKA they are using lots of oil.
4. Ask for salad dressings and condiments, so yeah steamed may sound boring but if you dress up your plate with some fun dressings it totally turns the dish around.
5. Ask whats in it! don’t be afraid to ask whats in everything, you are being mindful of what your eating and want to enjoy your experience, you’d be surprised how many dressings and marinades have added sugars in them.
6. If theres bread on the table with a dip to start, like guacamole or hummus with chips, ask your server for fresh vegetables its an easy swap, and I found most restaurants are accommodating.
7. If everyone is ordering dessert and you are craving something sweet to end your meal, I love fresh fruit and tea, practically anywhere you go you can find those two options.
8. If you are embarrassed or don’t feel comfortable making all these request, go up to your server privately and ask them whatever questions you may have about whats in something etc.
9. Never show up starving, if you are way too hungry before you show up to a restaurant you will most likely over order, if this does happen no need to finish it all, take some to go!