Checked into Eureka! Dinner

Drupal after dark.
Cocktails and dinner with John Romine, Jen Lampton, Martin Beck, Rebeca Godin, Shawn DeArmond, and the rest of the gang.

Drank: Eureka! Punch: Bourbon / spiced rum / white rum / herbsaint / brandy / bitters / clove / corriander / cinnamon / green tea / clarified milk / pineapple / lemon
Drank: The Penicillin: smoked whiskey / ginger / honey / citrus
Ate: Cobb Salad with chicken / blue cheese / egg / avocado / bacon / tomato / red onion / ranch

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Drank Venti Java Chip Frappuccino® Blended Coffee with Whipped Cream and Mocha Drizzle (Starbucks Coffee Company)

Ingredients

Ice, Milk, Coffee Frappuccino Syrup [Sugar, Water, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mocha Sauce [Water, Sugar, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Vanillin], Frappuccino Chips [Confectionery Coating (Sugar, Palm Kernel And Palm Oils, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla, Milk), Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Cookie Crumbs (Unbleached Unenriched Wheat Flour, Sugar, Palm And Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Chocolate Mass, Salt, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor), Chocolate Mass (2%), And Salt].
Ate Chicken pot pie, with green side salad, and a diet coke (La Brea Bakery)

I’ve been to the original La Brea Bakery, and this is a dreadful facsimile. Nancy Silverton would be embarrassed.

This was just dreadful and sadly underwhelming. $25+ at a name restaurant at a vacation resort should provide better quality and portions than this dreadful Sysco-based meal. The puffed pastry was terrible and plopped on top of the dish. Sadly it wasn’t cut-able without destroying the filling, so I had to remove it and use a heavy-handed knife and fork to consume it. The advertised “stuffed with chicken” was false with only three small pieces or about an ounce. For a dish like this listed at $19, it should have been three times the size and far tastier. The side-salad was under-dressed and only large enough to say it existed. The whole thing would have made a nice snack at any other restaurant. The worst part was that the dinner rolls, something you’d think the famous La Brea Bakery could do properly, were severely wanting. A better price for this, even with a vacation destination/resort “tax” would have been $8.

On the positive side, the service was fantastic.

I wouldn’t recommend eating here and I wouldn’t do it again myself, particularly given the myriad offerings in the vicinity.

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