I rarely get my lunch out of the salad bar. There are a few reasons for this, such as that I prefer to get salads from the places that toss them with the dressing for you, and that I like to eat sandwiches and pizza for lunch rather than Chinese food and other typical hot/cold salad bar options. Then, to get to the financial point of the matter, there is the issue of figuring out how much your lunch is going to cost. I kind of like knowing this in advance, rather than having to eyeball a plethora of options, estimate how heavy they might be, and balance a plastic container in my hand trying to figure out if it weighs more than a pound yet. Sometimes it's so easy to go nuts at a salad bar, and when you get to the register you suddenly discover that you have 2 pounds of food and it's going to cost you $16!
Today I did pretty well-- I judiciously sampled 3 items and my total was $6.04 (@$7.95 per pound). On the other hand, I was disappointed when I got back to my desk and discovered that the sauce I had smothered my poached salmon in was wasabi, not creamy dill, and that my cherry tomato and mozzarella salad had bits of hot pepper in it. Luckily my pasta with broccoli was delicious and mild enough to cool the rest of the meal off!
I have to tell another story about today's trip to the salad bar, because it was just so weird: there was a man next to me who was piling a small container very high, cramming in an awful lot of food. He was doing this while holding his briefcase between his knees and a cellphone to his ear. The phone conversation went something like this:
Hey, yeah, I was just wondering, do you get a discount on Rolex watches? You do? I want to get a Rolex, the really basic classic one. Yeah, stainless steel, all stainless, no bezel, no date or anything. Oh, great. I was just at the Tourneau in Westchester and saw one for about $4,000... yeah, great, great. I want you to send me a real, dated photograph of it. No, it's not urgent or anything...
I didn't hear the rest of the conversation, but I left wondering why, if it wasn't urgent, was he buying a watch while standing at a salad bar!