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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13 Responses to “Maple Syrup and Birthday Cupcakes”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Mmmmm I love one dish cupcakes!


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    Carly — March 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Those cupcakes look delish! Can you tell me more about the “dipping in ganache” technique? Does the ganache need to be a certain consistency first?

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    yumventures — March 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I have seen some maple cheesecake around the blogs, maybe that would be awesome use for the sugar? Or to top maple sugar cookies 🙂

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    Joanne — March 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I made a seriously awesome maple mousse cake to go with Christmas dinner this year and it used maple sugar. It was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. The link to the post is: http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.blogspot.com/2010/01/frozen-maple-mousse-pie-with-chocolate.html.

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    KV — March 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Go Butler!! I think I’m going to use your “go to” cupcake recipe to make some Final Four treats for the office Friday

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    Kelly — March 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Wow that maple syrup event looks really cool, I wish I had known about it- it looks like they only do it once a year!

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    Jen — March 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Carly – I dipped the cupcakes in the ganache while it was still very liquidy. I did it a few minutes after making the ganache and then let it set up on the cupcakes. Hope that helps.

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    Cara — March 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Jen, the maple syrup experience sounds like so much fun and I’ve always wanted to do it! I wonder if it’s too late this year.

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    Lila — March 31, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Those cupcakes look so pretty. Can you tell me what kind of liners you’re using? They stay so nice and bright.

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    stephchows — March 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    ooo I love sugar houses!!! The tastings are always the best 🙂

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    Jen — March 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Lila, I get the liners online. Here is the link for the colored ones, and I also get brown liners as well.

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    Memória — April 9, 2010 at 5:02 am

    The cupcakes look beautiful and festive!! I love real maple syrup!

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    Kyle — April 15, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I should have a birthday more often. So good…

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