Saving the best for last

Food is one of my biggest loves. Well, after books, beach and writing. But still, it’s up there in the top five things I love. I will confess I have a bit of a sweet tooth but I also love my savoury stuff. Depending on my mood and what’s happening in life, I’ll crave the fattiest most unhealthy stuff. My sweet tooth is not super sickly sweet but it is all about the love for desserts or chocolate. Nothing can beat chocolate.

Last weekend, I went to high tea for a friend’s hen’s celebration. We were recommended to start from the bottom and work our way up. To those who haven’t experienced high tea before, the bottom layer is savoury {dainty sandwiches and mini pastries}, the middle layer is scones with jam and cream and the top layer is the gold mine: desserts. Really awesome desserts. Someone mentioned after a while that they probably shouldn’t have had their sandwiches in case there was no room left once they got to the top. Now, if you’ve had high tea before, you’ll probably know the chances of that happening are quite slim due to portion sizes. But it did get me thinking.

You see, I’m someone who will save my most favourite part of the meal for last. Sometimes that’s dessert. But other times, it’s savoury too. For instance, if I’m out for an Indian meal and we order paneer and some other dishes, I will almost always leave a piece of paneer and some naan as my last bit. With multiple desserts too, I’ll save the best for last. I guess it’s my way of ending a meal on a high.

But the person who mentioned feeling full, did have a point. There have been times I’ve struggled to finish that last piece of naan. Or that last bit of chocolate mud cake. I’ll power through it but then I regret it because it may have just pushed me over the line of feeling sick. The other thing I thought about is what if say while saving your favourite dessert to the end, you end up choking and dying on something before it? Yeah, I know, it’s a bit morbid. But seriously, if something does happen, you end up missing out completely on your favourite thing. So is it really wise to save the best for last?

Apart from food, I can’t think of any other areas in my life where I save the best for last. I mean, it’s not like I say to myself that because blogging is the highlight of my day, I have to do it at the end. Or exercise for that matter. No, I do these when I find the time and if possible, at the start of the day. I don’t even leave books by my favourite authors till after I finish those by not-so-favourite ones. Nope, I just go straight in.

So I wonder why then, I leave the best food for last and not just savour it to start with. That way, if I’m full, I won’t overeat as I won’t mind giving up some of the other dishes. Food for thought, eh? {See what I did there!}

I’m going to try it from now onwards — not saving the best for last but just indulging in it anyway. We’ll see how that goes.

 What about you? Do you save the best for last? Can you think of any other areas in life this could be applied to?

Do share!

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Until next time,




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  • Sunaina Bhatia
    14 July 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Yes I do too….and with kids, I tell you, I am always a loser….They get it….yikes…..I have seen many people do that…It is the wait and the pleasure of leisurely eating it in the end that makes a lasting impression I guess…..and it is what remains in the memory too…..:)
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  • CookieCrumbsInc.
    14 July 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Not the best for the last but I work my way through everything I don’t like on the plate and leave what I love for the last 🙂 Eg: Eat all the veggies, then the mushrooms, then the black beans, the hummus is last but one, and olives and jalapenos the very last. This is apparently weird for some people because they keep asking if I’m going throw the last bits away, because, apparently, that’s what most people do, and I’m like whaaaa :O

  • swati bassi
    14 July 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Though it’s tough with high temptations, but even I do safe the best for last.

  • Suzy
    14 July 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I too leave a bit of my favourite for last. There must be some scientific reason why sweet things are eaten last. Something to research.
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  • Mahati ramya
    14 July 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Me too ☺i always save the best for the last – the desserts. There is always some room for an ice cream or gajar ka halwa. I couldn’t think of anything else where i save the best for the last.
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  • Rajlakshmi
    14 July 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I used to leave the best for last… but as you said, I would then struggle to finish it. But now I eat everything that’s good first. Life’s too short to not indulge in all tasty things first … except green tea 😛
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  • Esha M Dutta
    14 July 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Lovely post, Sanch! I like the way you’re challenging yourself to change the way you tackle the desserts last by starting your favourites first! I’d say, why not? Let me know if it worked 😉

  • Shilpa Gupte
    14 July 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I find a lot of similarities between us, Sanch. I, too, save the best for the last. And, that paneer bit, you will always find a piece of panner in my plate, waiting to be savoured at the end, after all else is done with! And, it is only in food that I save the best for the last, not in any other areas. I begin my day with my most loved yoga session, i begin my chores with those I enjoy doing the most. But, food…that’s a different story, or should I say, a love story, altogether! 🙂

  • Kala Ravi
    15 July 2016 at 12:34 am

    Ahh, definitely food for thought! Thankfully, I can say I am very focused when it comes to food! At buffets, I head first to my favorite – the dessert counter, have my fill and if there is a void, the mains find their place into it! You could try my way? 😉

  • Subha Rajagopal
    15 July 2016 at 12:54 am

    Foodie thoughts!Saving the best for last..I do it too,especially with my favorite food stuffs.The thought that it will get over soon makes me save it for the last.
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  • Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710
    15 July 2016 at 1:16 am

    Saving the best for last, that’s the policy I follow while eating! My logic is: why spoil the memories of the really tasty and favourite food by eating the not-so-favourite ones afterwards? It’s better to sign off with the best, isn’t it? 🙂
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  • Anita
    18 July 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Food also figures in my top 5 loves 🙂 I can have many chocolates & desserts! Sometimes I have to make a conscious effort to stop!
    As for saving the best for the last, some people have desserts first 🙂

  • Sunita Saldhana
    3 August 2017 at 12:39 am

    “if something does happen, you end up missing out completely on your favourite thing. So is it really wise to save the best for last?”