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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7 Responses to “Oh What a Night”

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    Sarah — July 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Interesting to know those things really happen! So what was your official feedback, and had everyone been raving about the food before the announcement? Hubby and I have eaten the Wanchai Ferry Sweet & Sour Chicken and weren’t thrilled with it (tasted very sweet and goopy, just overall processed). I guess it’s all psychological!

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    nutmegnanny — August 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Hahahaha that’s so funny that they did a little switch on you. Like you pointed out, I guess that is how they did the Pizza Hut commercials.

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    Megan — August 1, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I think you did a great, fair recap of the event. It was at least really nice to run into you there! And you got some great pictures.

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    Jen — August 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Sarah – I updated my post to include more feedback. As I mentioned, we were discussing how the first two courses were much better than the entrees. At least at our table, there was no raving.

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    Kerstin — August 2, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I’m glad you had fun, although I’m a bit perplexed that they thought they could fool foodies with a frozen dinner! I still haven’t been to Flour and really need to go – I feel like I’m a bad Boston blogger!

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    Jen — August 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I agree Kerstin, most food bloggers probably don’t eat many frozen entrees… But it definitely wasn’t all food bloggers.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — August 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I heard about this event from Megan and it sounds interesting to say the least. It just seems like GM didn’t do their research because that is not similar to Myers + Chang’s food! Either way, at least you had fun with some other food bloggers!

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