Ah, fashion party food. Anyone who's ever been to a fashion event, or any fancy holiday party for that matter, knows what we're talking about here: The bounds of teensy-tiny, too-adorable-to-not-consume h'ors doeuvres that always seem to be hovering just an arm's length away. Maybe you came right from work and haven't had time to eat
Filet Mignon on Mini Toast
Gelband's Take: "Red meat isn't that good for you--though
Mini Grilled Cheese
Fassberg's Take: "Grilled cheese, when you make it yourself, can be a good choice--but if it’s greasy and not special, then skip. It can be full of fat and calories."
Gelband's Take: "Depends on the cheese. String cheese and goat cheese are the best for you (and most natural), but I've never heard of mini grilled cheese made that way!"
To Eat, or Not To Eat: Better leave the greasy cheese to the kiddies--though it personally pains me to admit this.
Mini Banana Nutella Crepes
Fassberg's Take: "Are you a sweet or savory person? If sweet is your thing and you can pass on the other items, then enjoy. Have one if you’re craving something sweet."
Gans's Take: "Love the
Fassberg's Take: "Probably the best choice. Shrimp is low in calories and you can add your own sauce. Stand next to this platter if you’ve gone to a party hungry! (The only problem is you don’t know where the shrimp were raised--hopefully responsibly.)"
Gelband's Take: "If you aren't allergic to fish, this would be at the top of my list--shrimp cocktail sauce is the sauce least bad for you. If shellfish is a food that doesn't work for you, stay away."
To Eat, or Not To Eat: Mange freely--but keep an EpiPen nearby.
Deviled Quail Egg with Caviar
Gans's Take: "I'm a big fan of eggs! Unfortunately, the 'deviled' part means they most likely added mayo--so stick to only one of these."
Fassberg's Take: "Enjoy--but not too many. There is lots of salt in the caviar, which can make you thirsty. Take one or two depending on the other choices you decide to make."
Gelband's Take: "Probably the worst of the group besides the crepes. The burger by itself can be okay, but cheese + bread + burger = no good."
Gans's Take: "If it's your only source of protein, then go for it--but take only one. Would prefer if it was served without the cheese, since on the burger, it's only contributing to extra calories."
To Eat, or Not To Eat: I'm sensing some major burger bashing up in this page. Skip.
Mini Lump Crab Cake
Gelband's Take: "If the crab cake was real crab (which it never is), this would be okay! Fried, breaded imitation crab has nothing nutritional to it!"
Fassberg's Take: "Is it real crab, and are they baked? Then enjoy… it’s worth the calories. But if it’s mostly bread crumbs, have something else--especially if they look like they’ve been deep fried."
To Eat, or Not To Eat: Chow down if it's baked real crab. But it won't be. Pass.
Fassberg's Take: "Are they delicious and homemade and the last bite of the night? Then just have one, and satisfy the
Fassberg's Take: "One of the best choices, especially if it’s grilled chicken and you control how much sauce you add. Enjoy a couple to fill up on."
Gelband's Take: "Besides the shrimp, this is the best thing on the menu. It's usually broiled or grilled and tastes great! Some people don't like peanut sauce, so that can be a turn off, but otherwise, it 'tastes great, less filling'--like the old beer commercial used to say!"
Gans's Take: "It's okay to have one or two--if sauce is available for dipping on the side, I would take a pass--only because it can get messy and you are all dressed up!"
To Eat, or Not To Eat: Stock up these skewers for serious--just don't forget the wetnaps!
Tiny Fried Spring Rolls
Gans's Take: "I would pass on this one. They're fried and will offer no nutritional value besides calories."
Gelband's Take: "Coated with crust and deep fried can't be good for you! Stay away!"
Fassberg's Take: "Skip, especially if they're deep fried and not that special. Save your calories."
To Eat, or Not To Eat: Our experts show no love for the spring rolls. Apparently this is not a good way to consume veggies.