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Diminishing Appetites & Metabolites September 13, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Music & Dance.

I don’t know about you, but my appetite is not what it once was . . . which is just as well since my metabolism is also headed south, in inverse proportion to my advancing age.

In younger years, I ate an impossibly large quantity of food at times.  Perhaps that’s why I often felt like a gargantuan plodding oaf?


In recent years, both appetite and metabolism have taken a nose dive, entering into a rapid free-fall descent.

No.  My weight has NOT followed suit.  Thank you for asking.


As newlyweds, BFF and I could easily down a large pizza in a single sitting without thinking twice (or tasting it twice due to reflux).  These days, a large cheese pie lasts for several meals ~ a single slice, that’s nice.

Most times, I don’t mind.  Smaller appetites are better for our bottom line.

Last Monday, we went to Tarpon Pointe Grill and Tiki Bar for Labor Day play.


On the website, someone had advertised 1/2-price appetizers.   We decided to swing by for a light lunch.

On inquiry of the bartender, our information turned out to be misinformation.


They did have a few Happy Hour specials available, but none appealed to the vegetarians in us.

After looking over the menu, we decided to split a beer and an order of fries while listening to the guitarist, Ricci D, play an eclectic mix of songs ~ from Dave Matthews to Neil Young to Crosby Stills & Nash to Matchbox 20.


Appetites sated, we wandered around Tarpon Pointe enjoying the gorgeous water views and river breezes.

It turned out to be a perfect Labor Day ~ easy on the eyes, the ears, the stomach, and our wallets.


Aah . . . that’s better!

If you’re wondering where all the people are . . . an enormous gargantuan plodding oaf ate them . . . like French fries!

Fi Fie Fo Fum!


1. shreejacob - September 13, 2013

I’m waiting for my turn…the appetite going down 😛

Sounds like a lovely day!!

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

We enjoyed ourselves . . . in the shade! They had fans and misters blowing in the Tiki Hut which made it quite love in there with the breeze off the water.

In the full sun, it was W~A~R~M. That’s the real reason you can’t see many people in the pics. They were hiding in the shadows.

2. Pix Under the Oaks - September 13, 2013

I want to eat everything when I’m happy and I couldn’t care less about food when I have the worries or I am feeling depressed! When I was in high school and college I was 98 pounds and all I did was eat. No more! I have lost 6 pounds now since I quit drinking wine. Good thing, I couldn’t get in last year’s jeans until this week! Looks like you and BFF had some beautiful weather for Labor Day! AND had it mostly to yourselves!!

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

Yay! Go you! I’m glad that you can wear last year’s jeans again. That’s cool. 😎

These photos surprised me . . . there were probably 25 people in the Tiki Bar and 2-3x that in the main serving area. But it looks “DEAD” in these shots. Everyone was hanging in the shade.

3. ericjbaker - September 13, 2013

So you didn’t get a picture of the man-eating gargantuan oaf? Disappointed. I’ll just have to watch “War of the Gargantuas” again and use my imagination to fill in the rest.

I’ve never really had a big appetite at mealtime. I’m total rubbish at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Desserts on the other hand…

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

I’ve never seen “War of the Gargantuas” ~ a stellar film, I’m sure. 😉

We used to overdo it at buffets. No longer. We hate feeling like overstuffed sausages so we don’t cram in extra forkfuls of food “to get our money’s worth.” But I haven’t tested that theory at an all you can eat chocolate bar.

4. katecrimmins - September 13, 2013

For health reasons my doctor has me doing a log of everything I eat. I was told that I would be surprised at how much stuff I eat. I wasn’t. I was astounded at how little I eat. Even when I eat potato chips (my all time fav), I eat about 6 of them and I am good. The hubby and I also get a couple meals out of a pizza. Eating less is good for a lot of reasons.

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

That’s a nice surprise.

I’m with you about the chips . . . most of the time. I get a small bowl to nibble on rather than eating out of the bag. 😀

5. Eric Tonningsen - September 13, 2013

Pizza, GPOs and a guitarist with good cover selections. A hat trick! I’m one of the rare who has the anti-metabolism. Everything consumed vaporizes. No trace remaining. Aah… that’s better. 🙂

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

That’s cool! We have friends visiting this weekend. Greg hasn’t gained an ounce since college and he eats anything (and everything) he wants. It’s nice to have a fast burning metabolism.

6. Booksphotographsandartwork - September 13, 2013

My appetite has not slowed down one bit 😦 So I no longer weigh 98 pounds. I weighed that little all the way until I was about 35! And the more I exercise the more I want to eat. Ugh.

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

Wow! You must have been a tiny little thing, Linda.

If I’m exercising more than normal, my appetite expands a bit. But mostly I just need to drink more water.

7. Andra Watkins - September 13, 2013

I could eat my weight in French fries…….yum.

nrhatch - September 13, 2013

French Fries are a “go to” snack for us when restaurant menus don’t have many vegetarian friendly options. As a result, we know all the best places to order fries. The best are at the Seafood Shack which is a casual eatery on the intercoastal waterway. I don’t know how they cook their fries but they are FAB!

Eric Tonningsen - September 13, 2013

Next time you’re there, would you mind asking them how they cook/prepare their fries? I’m always looking for good prep referrals. Thanks.

nrhatch - September 14, 2013

Will do . . . in the meantime, here’s the website if you want to shoot them an e-mail:


8. sufilight - September 14, 2013

Looks like you truly enjoyed yourselves. My appetite hasn’t decreased and I have gained 12 pounds over my ideal weight. I notice when I eat less, I feel more energized. I will be losing the weight; have some brain re-wiring to do. 😀

nrhatch - September 14, 2013

I expect that brain re-wiring is the BEST diet tool to have in our tool belt ~ instead of relying on “will power” to delay gratification, we change the way we think so we don’t WANT to eat IT (whatever IT is).

We have house guests at the moment and I am eating more than my norm (and starting to feel sluggish and drugged). Even with food, sometimes LESS is MORE.

9. Three Well Beings - September 14, 2013

What a lovely place to just BE! The music would have been very satisfying to me, too. I think we do eat less these days, with similar results…not so much in the reducing department! But I also think we consider value differently. We are financially pretty conservative these days, ahem!, and if we don’t really see something that appeals to us, we wait to come home to eat more. The dining out is less important to us than “getting out” seems to be. The truth is, though, this is a shift and a change. I hadn’t really thought much about it until you mentioned it. Interesting!

nrhatch - September 14, 2013

Yes! We like to get out and do things . . . and food is nice, but only if it’s food we really want to be eating. If not, we’d rather have a snack and eat something more to our liking later.

We have house guests this weekend and today is their anniversary. We’re taking them to our favorite waterfront restaurant . . . The Waterfront:


10. theonlycin - September 15, 2013

My appetite has also diminished. with age and since living alone. I find I’m happy to graze on snacks throughout the day rather than sit down to a big meal. By the way, did you know that Dave Matthews was born in Johannesburg?

nrhatch - September 15, 2013

When I’m on my own, grazing is appealing. As for DM, I had heard he was from South Africa, but appreciate the reminder. He has such a distinct singing voice.

11. bluebee - September 15, 2013

A warm climate helps – nice views from the bar there.

nrhatch - September 15, 2013

That’s true, BB. We’ve been showing our guests the sights, despite the heat, and I am not as hungry as in the cooler weather.

12. Tokeloshe - September 18, 2013

At least you had gorgeous views and music. I can’t believe there are so few people.

nrhatch - September 18, 2013

There were probably 100 people there . . . but all in the shade of the Tiki Hut or in the restaurant. Not many ventured into the noonday sun.

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