A few weeks ago, just as I was taking off for Greece, I got an invitation to join the MyBlogSpark network. Affiliated with General Mills, this company reaches out to bloggers to review the latest in new products. I figure, any chance I have to share a fun new item with my readers is worth taking!
My first real experience with MyBlogSpark took place last week, when I was invited a dinner held at Myers & Chang in Boston. I was allowed to bring a guest, which for me is an extra incentive when driving into Boston on a weeknight, since I don’t exactly live close. My friend Jen (Beantown Baker!) was also invited, so we were very much looking forward to a fun weeknight double date with our hubbies!
Upon our arrival we were presented with a prix fixe menu. I was glad to see there were plenty of choices!
I started with the hot and sour soup, which made perfect sense since I was seated under a vent blowing cold air (I didn’t feel like asking to move – we had already done that once!). But I would have chose it regardless, and I’m glad I did because it was my favorite part of the meal. Full of large fresh mushrooms, chunks of tofu and delicate pork meatballs, it was heartier and more flavorful than a typical hot and sour soup.
Ben chose the potstickers, which were also quite tasty. Especially the sauce.
One of our friends went with the crispy spring rolls. I think this was the most surprising among the appetizers, as I didn’t expect them to be so chock-full of fresh, colorful vegetables.
And since it was being offered… why not a scorpion bowl for the table?!
For our next course Ben chose the mussels, prepared with a lemongrass broth. The serving was substantial, though a few of the mussels were inedible (they hadn’t opened up, and should have been removed before serving, in my opinion.)
I chose the ginger chicken salad. I was very impressed by the amount of chicken – it was a lot! I’m not sure if it is normally on the menu as a first course or a main dish. I liked the strong ginger flavor and the mix of crunchy textures.
After a bit of a wait, it was finally time for the main course. And, the revelation as to why we were really invited. As it turns out, our first two courses were straight from the Myers & Chang menu, but the entrees were from the new line of frozen Asian meals by Wanchai Ferry. And suddenly it also made sense as to why we had to sign a video camera waiver! If you’ve ever wondered how they made that Pizza Hut commercial where the diners are shocked to learn that they’re eating pasta from Pizza Hut, I think I’ve got your answer!
We chose four different items for the table: kung pao chicken (pictured below), beef & broccoli, orange chicken, and shrimp lomein.
So, how were the entrees? Well, in fairness, I will say they were tasty, but not my favorite part of the meal. But then again, after eating the first two courses, my expectations for the entree were pretty high. I doubt there is any frozen meal out there so stellar that it could hold it’s own in a line-up of carefully and freshly-prepared restuarant items.That being said, if one were to enjoy one of these meals on it’s own as a quick, simple dinner at home, it wouldn’t be a bad meal at all. And also in fairness, I can’t draw a comparison between Wanchai Ferry and a typical Chinese take-out meal, since it’s been ages since I’ve ordered that.
I told you that my favorite part of the meal was the hot and sour soup, but that might have changed when dessert was served. With the choices of a chocolate terrine and a coconut custard tart (each prepared by Flour Bakery), Ben and I got one of each.
Another episode in my ongoing love affair with chocolate, this did not disappoint – bite after bite after bite. I thought I might be able to have just a taste – who was I kidding! Same goes for the coconut tart!
Overall, it was a fun evening out and I thank MyBlogSpark for so generously hosting!