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Some people would call me lucky because I have won a couple contests here and there. You can read this story and tell me what you think.
I wanted to do something special for my husband’s birthday. A month ago, I saw a contest on Facebook from the Wyndham Orange County. Couples were invited to share their love story and the winner would receive a four-course Valentine’s Day His & Her dinner. The contest stated the dinner would be served February 11-14 which was perfect for Trent’s birthday. I won the contest, but ironically, I was also the only person to enter.
Here is what was supposed to be the Valentine’s Day Menu:
“Her” Veloute of Lobster with Spiced Cream and Whipped Tarragon; Scallops with Crispy Pork, Green Apples, and Periwinkles; and Rib Eye Glazed Short Rib with Consomme, Chocolate Mini Trio of Tart, Malt Mix, and Sea Salt
“His” menu will feature a “Potage” of Early Spring Vegetables with Marinated Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers; Lobster with Spinach and Onion Marmalade; and Jidori Chicken with Smashed Peas and Foie Gras Jus. Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow Cream dessert.”
I told them we were supposed to have the Valentine’s Day menu and they told me they did not have all the ingredients for that menu yet and would not be serving it until Sunday.
Bummer for us, but Trent and I would’ve been content with a bowl of the lobster bisque and the NY steak off of “The Dinner” menu. The waiter said he would talk to the chef. I just really wanted this date to be special.
After about 40 minutes of sitting at our table with our drinks, the waiter finally comes back and tells us not to order, the chef is going to prepare a special meal for us. I thought that was awesome.
Here was our 7-course dinner:
Trent was introduced to a very robust wine. It was supposed to go great with what was yet to come.
- Foie Gras (um, another word for Goose Liver)
- Halibut over Crab Risotto
Next we were told:
“We’re not going into meat quite yet, we’re going into fowl as in game.”
By this time, 90 minutes have passed, and we knew we were going to miss our 8p.m. movie. We continued on with a lot more sitting and waiting.
During this time, the couple behind us (who had sat down, ate, and left, while we were sitting there) paid the check and left the restaurant. Five minutes after this, the waiter brings them two more martinis. Hmmm. Then he brings them back to the kitchen so they don’t go to waste.
- Quail on top of Quinoa with Blood Oranges
- NY Steak over Creamed Spinach with Fingerling Potatoes
At 8:30 p.m., the waiter said next up was our palette cleanser. Palette Cleanser? Does this mean we have to start over??
- French Brie with Honey & Cinnamon and Almond roasted Pecans
We sat around for another 30 minutes waiting. Our waiter seemed to have disappeared. We think he may have drank the two martinis from the table behind us.
- “Warm” Cake with butterscotch cream and pink champagne sherbet
At 9:15, we finally left the restaurant. We were exhausted and we missed our movie. It was not exactly the romantic dinner for two I had in plan, but thankfully my husband loves me and was very entertained.
This morning, I woke up with a little stomach ache. When Trent and I got married, I promised him a lifetime of entertainment. I don’t think he’ll be forgetting his birthday dinner that included goose liver anytime soon!
Today, we are moving on to see the Monster Trucks!