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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sunday I was at the Wolfgang Puck

Saturday I was at the Walmart fuming when I noticed they weren't carrying my favorite caffeine powdered beverage and had filled the shelves with Great Value brand sugary kool-aid drink. Sunday I was at the Wolfgang Puck in Detroit feasting upon herbalicious flat bread, fancy salad with mystery plants, and the best tasting steak I have ever experienced in my life. In fact, the steak was so big it had a bone and I think I had a foodgasm.

Until I tasted the dessert.

Perhaps I don't have refined enough taste, but the "chocolate" dessert they served us reminded me either of

1.) a mouse, 2.) a rat or

3.) can you possibly imagine what my kids said?

It really didn't taste that great either. In fact, I'm still not sure what flavor it was hence the word chocolate in quotation marks above.

The main thing that bothered me about Wolfgang Puck was my lack of etiquette skills the lack of ranch dressing and Dr Pepper. The missing Dr Pepper wasn't too surprising since I had been forewarned that Yankees don't typically keep Nectar of the Gods stocked in restaurants, but not stockpiling ranch dressing kind of had me feeling butthurt. Fortunately the steak and potatoes made up for my disappointment. The waiters also graciously laid my cloth napkin in my lap and peppered my food for me--although I also didn't realize I was supposed to tell the waiters when to stop peppering until after they'd blackened my food. So, Mr. Puck there you have it from one southerner whose fanciest restaurant before you was Chili's--my off the wall review of my very first four course dinner.

(By the way Wolfgang, I know you were in town that night because you were on one of my fellow blogger's same flight and I just wanted to let you know how much I loved that steak. In fact if you would have shown yourself to me Sunday night at your restaurant I was going to whisper sweet nothings about that steak in your ear.)

After my novel experience at the Wolfgang Puck of Detroit we then made our way to a cocktail party to socialize with other journalists and auto bloggers. Andie Smith a Dallas based freelance photographer, Jane Devin of Finding My America, Connie Burke of GM, and I chatted for a bit and then ditched that place for few minutes to tour the casino grounds for a bit. Connie got the gambling bug, but it was Jane who raked in the dough that night. It was too bad that I don't have a passport yet and could not have made our way south to Canada for some more fun (although I keep hearing there's tons of strip joints so we'd just have to skip those places. Also someone else told me I can get milk in a bottle in Canada and I really want to try something vintage like that. I also wonder if I can get caffeine by the pill up there since it seems like I can buy every other pill from the looks of my spam folder.).

My fun in Detroit didn't stop at the Wolfgang Puck or the casino. I had so many new adventures to experience, laughs to laugh, candid moments to photograph over the next two days. Oh and I had to work like a crazy woman on speed (which is why that caffeine would have really come in handy). I can't wait to show y'all the newest vehicles and concepts to come out with the various automakers at the North American International Auto Show with just a touch of humor--just a touch, who am I kidding?

Seriously though, General Motors kept us so busy I can feel every muscle in my legs, feet, and toes. I almost couldn't make it out of bed this morning to get my children ready for school, but I did because I'm not like my husband who makes our children four hours late for school because he forgot it was Monday. True story my friends.

PS: The whole Walmart reference up there is to honor Andie Smith and Jane Devin who joined me in Detroit for the auto show and made fun of basked in my love for all things Walmart.

PPS: I wonder how many other writers have put both Walmart and Wolfgang Puck in the same paragraph.

Disclosure: General Motors paid for my patdown free flight, Dr Pepper free Wolfgang Puck four course dinner, hotel at the Marriott (just wait til I tell that story), cocktail party that we ditched, as well as basically everything else. I only include this disclosure because the FCC FTC (thanks for the correction, you know who you are) makes me, not because I want to brag. Now if GM can buy me some etiquette lessons we'll all be covered and the world will be a safer place--and then I could gloat. But nah, I'd never do that.

Full Disclosure


Foursons said...

Woo hoo to GM! Wolfgang's sounds awesome and if GM was paying I would have been ordering drinks. Wait, did I just say that or think that?

The trip sounds awesome, I can't wait to hear more!

Candance said...

Okay, this is going to sound totally stupid, but is Detroit gray and dirty? It always seems that way in movies, and you know how accurate those are, so I thought I'd ask.

You can go to Cotillion with Grace (she so thinks I'm kidding which is cute) for the etiquette classes. Or come here and I can teach you because my southern belle grandmother made sure I learned that stuff and I had to take etiquette classes when I was a sorority pledge. But with me, it's more like etiquette boot camp.

Sheril said...

If you ever do get a passport and have the urge to gamble over here in Canada WE in Sarnia have 2 casinos lol then maybe by then you will be able to show me what they teach at those etiquette classes lol

Screwed Up Texan said...

Foursons, Oh you so said it...and I dont think you'd be alone. I'm pretty sure of that.

Candance, I am so taking you up on the Cotillion thing. Although I am not sure it is called a "thing" either. I so need a boot camp.

Sheril, Hee hee...if Candance takes me I'll take photos. Covert of course since I'm not sure if that's allowed. Could be a cult or something.

Michelle Hoad said...

I had to go to Detroit two times when I was married to my first husband. I HATED it. And not just cause his family sucked and it was like being in that movie my Big Fat Greek Wedding. It was dirty and dank and I was totally pissed about the no Dr. Pepper thing.

ForeverRhonda said...

I've never been to Detroit! I have been to Michigan though, I went to Cedar Point...I can't wait to hear more about the trip.

Mindee@ourfrontdoor said...

The cars are not my thing so much the free trip and especially the fancy dinner are right up my alley.

Glad you had fun!

The Durham Family said...

That dessert did look a little like dog poo with a dead leaf stuck to it! lol

Alex said...

:o) I can't wait to read more! I want to hear all about it!! My wife has cousins somewhere near where you went..... I think :o/ lol
Anyway, on with the story! :o)

Cindy said...

Sounds like a fantastic time. I'm quite sure you are the only writer in the world to ever mix Wolfgang and Walmart in the same paragraph. Loved the mouse/cat poo dessert, or whatever that was. Glad the steak made up for it. Next trip will GM pay my way to hold your carry on bag while you are getting a pat down?

the Spearman's said...

Thank you for the smile. In my opinion your dessert looked like a cockroach on a log. Not too pretty to look at. And that steak did look wonderful!

Screwed Up Texan said...

Michelle, If Detroit just carried Dr Pepper everywhere that would automatically make the city a better place...wouldnt you agree?

ForeverRhonda, and hear more you shall...

Mindee@ourfrontdoor, the free trip and fancy food certainly made my day. Well except that dessert. Still trying to determine the flavor.

Durham Family, That's right!

Alex, Soon, soon my Australian friend.

Cindy, Maybe they'll pay if you promise them free ziplining. BTW, I need to come back once it gets warmer. B/c you know 50 degrees is cold.

the Spearman's, or a rat on a rat trap. Wait. Did I just say that outloud?

Jordana said...

Of course caffeine pills are available in Canada! I live in Windsor, so I would know.

Glad you enjoyed your time in Detroit. Since I moved to Windsor and started working for GM in Detroit, I've now got a soft spot for the city.

All the best!

Karen said...

I am looking forward to all the stories. I am sure there are many.

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