CHEESECAKE FACTORY is the ultimate frenemie.

21 Jan

I don’t know about everyone else out there–but I am the type of person that just holds onto a grudge for a long time.  I am just barely starting to forgive my parents for making me sport a boys’ bowl-cut for the first 10 years of my life.     

Therefore, I was very reluctant to write this positive post about Cheesecake Factory’s newest line of low-calorie cocktails.  Cheesecake Factory and I go way back.  We started off friends but one thing led to another and before I knew it our relationship had gotten way too serious, way too fast.  And just when I thought Cheesecake Factory was the one, everything came to a screeching hault.

I remember it like it was just yesterday; “Cheesecake Factory Finally Releases Shocking Nutritonal Information”.  I was completely heartbroken….A slice of chocolate truffle cake: 1,700 calories.  In the mood for pasta carbonara?  OH, just two day’s worth of calories aka 2,500 calories.  Even a “healthy” Caesar salad order had 1500 calories!  

The breakup was painful.  At first, I tried to ease my way out by ordering some of their new (extremely humiliatingly named) menu options, like the Weight Management Asian Chicken Salad.  The day I couldn’t bring myself to look the waiter in the eye and say the words “weight management salad”, I knew I had to end things with Cheesecake Factory once and for all.  So, I gave it up–cold turkey and I haven’t looked back since.  Until now, that is….

SO here you have it: Cheesecake Factory will be launching a cocktail line of margaritas and mojitos for under 150 calories The line is expected to be released in restaurants this March and will range in price from $7- $11.  Good news is that the alcohol content will remain the same as regular calorie drinks, but the sugar will be replaced with splenda to cut calories nearly in half. 

  

Will I give Cheesecake Factory another chance?  Perhaps… I think the saying goes something like “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me”.  So YES, I may sample the new skinny cocktail line sometime in the upcoming year.  But nibble on the 1,600 calorie guacomole or 2,000 calorie nachos?  N-O.  Sorry, Cheesecake Factory…people don’t forget. 

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2 Responses to “CHEESECAKE FACTORY is the ultimate frenemie.”

  1. Kristen Koenig January 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Ah I love it Steph! I will most likely eat the pasta anyway – woof. But the new low calorie cocktails will definitely attract me to go to the Cheesecake Factory more often! Thank you 🙂

  2. Kristin Kolat January 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I went into a deep depression the day I found out the calories of my once favorite restaurant. But I do want to try these skinny cocktails, lets go! and just drink and not eat.

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