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Recently I decided to dine at the X lodge in Y country. Its reviews comprehensively praised the excellent menu and the extremely fair prices. After being seated, I ordered a soda water.

"Mildly sweetened," I qualified.

I watched as the bartender poured a glass and added what appeared to be a quarter teaspoon of sugar. As expected, it was delicious. For the main entree, I decided on a wagyu steak--one might as well go all out at a nice restaurant. My waiter described it as "400 grams of the finest beef with extensive fat marbling contributing close to 200 of that." Interestingly, I noticed the chef weighing my cut with a mysterious measuring contraption.

"When meat cooks, it loses significant weight in the form of water, so we like to estimate the weight without any moisture. When we say the customer gets 400 grams, we mean it," the waiter explained upon seeing my surprise.

Of course, the steak was sumptuous. So too was the quarter pound confection that I ordered for dessert and that tasted almost like pure, exquisitely delicate sugar. Fully satisfied, I asked for my bill.

4.20 credits for the drink! And the reviews had all quoted the fair prices! Then I saw the amount for my entree and my jaw dropped. 2600.00 credits? I know I ordered the creme de la creme but... To top off my horror, the delicacy had set me back another 453.59 credits. As a small consolation, the establishment refused tax and tip, so I left exactly 3057.79 credits on the table.

As I left, I spied a couple returning their sporting equipment. From what I could catch of the conversation, it appeared as if they had been deep ocean diving all day. At those prices, I wouldn't have been surprised to see them fork over a fortune, but image my dismay when the employee instead shoved a large stack of credits into the couples' hands with a smile!

Where in the world did I eat, and what was up with those prices?

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As for the credits...

The credits in question were calories spent/consumed. 200 grams protein plus 200 grams fat is 2600 calories, 4 calories (or so) in a quarter teaspoon of sugar, and so forth. On the flip side, doing a bunch of deep ocean diving will burn calories fairly heavily.

And given that, the location...

some sort of weight-loss retreat, I would suppose?

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  • $\begingroup$ The location isn't what I had in mind, but it's close enough. $\endgroup$ – 1848 Jan 15 at 1:16
  • $\begingroup$ @1848 what did you have in mind? $\endgroup$ – Ben Barden Jan 15 at 14:07

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