Oh What a Night

I wanted to post quickly about an evening out that Hubby and I had the other day. I got invited to attend a dinner event at Myers+Chang from myBlogSpark.

I don’t know much about myBlogSpark, so I figured it would be a great opportunity to learn more about the organization. Plus, it’s nice to include Hubby in my blogging adventures, and my friend Cara from Cara’s Cravings and her Hubby were going to be there too!

When we got to Myers+Chang, we were shocked to learn the restaurant had closed down for the event. A few people were already sitting at small tables when we arrived.

I spotted Cara and we sat down with them. Cara and I chatted about how this wasn’t like any other blogging event we’d been to. Granted, we’ve only been to a few, but still. There was no mingling or anything, everyone just sitting at their tables as if we weren’t all there for the same purpose.

At our place settings, we had a 4-course menu with a few items to choose from for each course. We started with a round of drinks and our first course.

I got the Pork and Chive Pot Stickers and Hubby got the Crispy Spring Rolls. Both were very tasty and we switched plates after our first few bites. I loved the freshness of the spring rolls.

For the second course, Hubby got Wok-Roasted Mussels. If you don’t know Hubby, know that he loves mussels. Almost as much as he loves lobster.

I went with the Thai Ginger Chicken Salad. Both were made with very fresh ingredients and tasted delicious.

Then came time for our entrees. We decided as a table to order four different entrees and share them all. As a table, we ordered the Orange Chicken, Shrimp Lo Mein, Beef and Broccoli, and Kung Pao Chicken. We also ordered a scorpion bowl for the table. How fun is that?

When our entrees came out, we could tell something was different. One thing I did notice was that the brocolli in the beef and broccoli (see below) was really small. It was crisp, but usually broccoli in dishes like that are large and have a longer stem.

As we were eating, we were also commenting about how the entrees were pretty good, we all liked the first two courses better. Then someone from General Mills stands up to make an announcement. Turns out they had done a “switch” on us and we were in fact eating frozen entrees from Wanchai Ferry.

Just like those Pizza Hut commercials with the pasta. In fact, I always wondered how they got that many people in a room and none of them figured it out. Well now I guess I know. This makes sense now why there wasn’t any mingling or big tables for people to meet and talk. Once one person figured out the trick, we would have all known.

We weren’t at all surprised that the food was frozen entrees and we were looking forward to dessert at this point. Hubby got the Coconut Cream Pie.

I had the Chocolate Terrine. Myers+Chang gets their desserts from Flour Bakery. Both were devine.

At the end of the night, we headed out still scratching our heads at what had happened. We definitely had a good evening chatting with Cara and Ben and enjoyed the meal. Based on the first two courses, I would go back to Myers+Chang. I would definitely go back to Flour bakery as well. As far as whether I’d actually buy and Wanchai Ferry frozen entrees… Hubby and I both enjoy cooking. If we eat at home, we cook our dinners ourselves. We definitely stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Even when we need a quick meal, we don’t go for frozen entrees. So I highly doubt we will ever actually buy any Wanchei Ferry entrees.

Check Cara’s blog to see her recap. We also saw Megan from Delicious Dishings and the Boston Chomper. Thanks to myBlogSpark for hosting the evening.

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26 Responses to “I got to meet Alton Brown!!”

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    stephchows — October 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    OMG that inscription is fabulous!!! hahahahaha Alton is totally a cute nerdy guy… I would have tried to hug him for sure!

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    gaga — October 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    That’s so awesome, I’d love to meet him too! I tried the chewy and it didn’t work out, but I blame that on myself. NONE of my cookie recipes turn out right, and I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong…

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    Jade — October 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I love what he wrote!! It would be so awesome to meet him!

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    Megan — October 15, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    That is wonderful! It’s such a great feeling when you get to meet someone who inspires you so much!!

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    mamakrystal — October 15, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh, you’re so lucky! What a great inscription. I would totally frame that book!

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    Joe — October 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve found such a huge Alton Brown fan. He’s like the food version of Mr. Wizard, another nerd show I watched back in the day. I think Good Eats and Iron Chef America are my two favorite Food Network shows. Your night sounds like a blast, I’m sorry I didn’t hear about it and get to join in fun.

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    VeggieGirl — October 15, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    SO fabulous that you met him!!

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    Kerstin — October 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Oh how cool, I’m totally jealous! πŸ™‚

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    oneordinaryday — October 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I just looked in the mirror. It’s true what they say…. I AM GREEN. LOL So exciting. I watched the 10th anniversary show last night on FN. I love him!!
    (Side note: I think he got toooo skinny. He needs to be fattened up a smidge!)

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    laurasrecipecollection — October 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    That’s awesome! His inscription is so funny!

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    Karin — October 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Alton Brown is the ONLY FN star I would want to meet ever! And I live in his State..his county…heck… his city and shop where he shops. I never get to “bump” into him πŸ™‚

    You are so so lucky!!

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    Katrina — October 15, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Awesome! I love meeting people like that and I love it even more when they are cool and nice in person!

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    Edie — October 15, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Sitting in RI jealous that you got to meet AB. You are so right about The Chewy! That’s the ONLY recipe I use now.
    HUGE AB fans down here πŸ™‚
    Lucky you!!

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    penniesonaplatter — October 15, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Very cool! One of my faves!

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    Stephanie Wagner — October 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    How cool! What a great experience!! And the picture is awesome to boot!

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    Jen — October 16, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Joe – did you see the 10th anniversary episode? Apparently when he was dreaming up the show he said he wanted it to be Julia Child + Mr Wizard + Monty Python.

    Sorry to make everyone jealous, and I do agree that he looks TOO skinny.

    Everyone be sure to check back tomorrow for a big AB giveaway!

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    bec — October 16, 2009 at 1:57 am


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    Julie — October 16, 2009 at 2:51 am

    How fun! I love his shows, he seems like an interesting guy.

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    Kristy — October 16, 2009 at 3:41 am

    how exciting!

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    Sam — October 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Very cool!

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    Peace, Love and Sweets — October 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    i cant say it is a specific favorite tip or show memory…but i always seem to remember his handy tricks and tips whenever i am making something!

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    G'ma Jan — October 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I think my favorite episode is the one making biscuits with his grandmother, but my favorite recipe is the one for a dutch baby.

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    Shannon — October 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    how awesome is that!! love the story πŸ™‚

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    HanaΓ’ — October 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    That’s awesome. Too funny! I love AB.

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    Samantha Angela — June 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Oh wow, how cool!!
    Alton Brown is ultimate because he actually teaches you WHY you do things in certain recipes. A lot of steps that I would probably skip I learn why I shouldn’t

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    Sarah E. — January 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I am a new follower of your blog (which I must say is an absolute inspiration with me having just started my own. I hope that one day mine can be half as good as yours!) and I literally squealed when I saw this post. I’m a huge fan of Alton too. What a guy! πŸ™‚

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