Dining With Money Towners

A group of managers who work for Briefcase give him a bribe gift every year for Christmas.  For the record, it's never expected, or necessary, and they are extremely thoughtful and very generous people.  For the second year in a row, we were told the gift was to be used at one of the finer Orange County restaurants.  

Two years ago, they gave him a gift card specifically for Mastro's Ocean Club. I love Mastro's, but it's too pricey for us to frequent except on special occasions.  Of course, we thoroughly enjoyed a "free" evening there courtesy of their gift.  It was fantabulous. Honestly, I love that restaurant.    

Last Christmas, the same wonderful group of people gave him American Express cards to use at the restaurant of our choosing.  We ended up last Saturday at  Charlie Palmer for dinner.  (And yes, for you Real Housewives fans, this IS the restaurant they filmed last week's episode at.  For some reason those ladies go to a lot of the same places I do.  Maybe they are stalking me?  I'm sure they are.)  

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Charlie Palmer is located at (inside/as part of?) Bloomingdales in Costa Mesa.  It's pricey, but not as outrageous as Mastro's so we walked away at the end of the night with some leftover Amex cards.

Visions of curtains danced through my head.

What was I saying?

We had a nice evening out and everything was great.  In spite of the terrible economy, the restaurant was still pretty busy although not every table was filled.  The service was good; the food was good; everything was wonderful.

This is what I enjoyed the most though.

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I loved reading the cocktail menu.  I know this picture is probably hard to read, so I'll help you out.  I found the menu very amusing because Money Towners are the most self absorbed people on earth.  Clearly, the restaurant wanted to tip it's hat to it's best customers. 

By the way, I didn't steal this menu.  Our waitress was quite happy to give me one upon my request.  I think she gave it to me so I would, kindly, leave my camera in my purse.  I don't think she wanted me to start snapping photos of the menu, the Money Towners, or the ho woman seated behind me.

What a spoiler.  You would have loved a picture of the woman seated behind me.

One drink is named Nouveau Rich.  Really, that name sums up a huge portion of Orange County's population.  Another drink is simply called The OC.  Fittingly, The OC has orange in it although the menu doesn't clearly state orange juice, so it does make a person wonder what type of orange flavoring is in the drink.  A third drink is named OMG.  Does that stand for OMG I have a hangover?  OMG it's so good?  OMG I can't believe the things I did after drinking it?  Or simply, I live in The OC so I say "OMG" at every opportunity I can because that's how people talk here?

The restaurant also offers the Rich and Skinny on it's cocktail menu.  I've mentioned this drink before.  It's quite popular here because Money Town women do not eat, ever.  It's against their religion and I'm convinced it's why they are all such bitches.  Money Town men, I know you are concerned about keeping a trophy on your arm, but when you can't take the bitchiness anymore you should insist she eat.  

Your welcome.

I snorted out loud when I noticed the Cougar Cosmo on the menu.  Honestly, there are times when I feel like PT is filled with at least 80% cougars.  They seem to flock there.  I suppose they have nothing better to do during their daylight hours than try to hit up The Torturer for a butt massage.  Or something.

Anyway …. 

For the record, I ordered the duck for dinner and Briefcase had a steak (and some of my duck).  Everything is served a la carte.  I think we over-ordered in an attempt to spend our gift cards.  We tried two appetizers and also ordered two sides to share with our meal.  The food was excellent, but I was way too full by the end of the meal.  (Briefcase, however, thought the quantity of food "was just right.")  Of course, I didn't have to eat the food just because it was there, did I?

48 Responses to “Dining With Money Towners”

  1. Michelle

    You can’t just leave it there, though, can you? I mean, you ordered it, they prepared it just for you, someone else paid for it, it’s in front of you…
    Glad you enjoyed your night out.

  2. Michelle

    You can’t just leave it there, though, can you? I mean, you ordered it, they prepared it just for you, someone else paid for it, it’s in front of you…
    Glad you enjoyed your night out.

  3. Michelle

    You can’t just leave it there, though, can you? I mean, you ordered it, they prepared it just for you, someone else paid for it, it’s in front of you…
    Glad you enjoyed your night out.

  4. sometimessophia

    A butt massage from the Torturer? That made me spit out my coffee. Also, “insist she eat. Thank you.” It’s so heartening to hear your level-headed comments about life in The OC. I’d be shaking my head so much, my brains would be oozing out my ears.

  5. sometimessophia

    A butt massage from the Torturer? That made me spit out my coffee. Also, “insist she eat. Thank you.” It’s so heartening to hear your level-headed comments about life in The OC. I’d be shaking my head so much, my brains would be oozing out my ears.

  6. sometimessophia

    A butt massage from the Torturer? That made me spit out my coffee. Also, “insist she eat. Thank you.” It’s so heartening to hear your level-headed comments about life in The OC. I’d be shaking my head so much, my brains would be oozing out my ears.

  7. Jan

    Well – it’s good to know I definitely am NOT a bitch. Because I eat.
    A lot.
    Yay me.

  8. Jan

    Well – it’s good to know I definitely am NOT a bitch. Because I eat.
    A lot.
    Yay me.

  9. Jan

    Well – it’s good to know I definitely am NOT a bitch. Because I eat.
    A lot.
    Yay me.

  10. Hallie

    I sooooo want to stop watching Housewives but I can’t. I’m addicted. There. I’ve said it.
    Hallie

  11. Hallie

    I sooooo want to stop watching Housewives but I can’t. I’m addicted. There. I’ve said it.
    Hallie

  12. Hallie

    I sooooo want to stop watching Housewives but I can’t. I’m addicted. There. I’ve said it.
    Hallie

  13. Kelly

    Yes, you have to eat it if its there. Its a rule. Also, I would have loved pictures of the people dining there.

  14. Kelly

    Yes, you have to eat it if its there. Its a rule. Also, I would have loved pictures of the people dining there.

  15. Kelly

    Yes, you have to eat it if its there. Its a rule. Also, I would have loved pictures of the people dining there.

  16. Heather

    I want to hear more about The Torturer’s butt massages.

  17. Heather

    I want to hear more about The Torturer’s butt massages.

  18. Heather

    I want to hear more about The Torturer’s butt massages.

  19. Sarah

    I wonder why I am such a bitch because I am constantly putting food in my mouth : )
    That sounded delicious!!!

  20. Sarah

    I wonder why I am such a bitch because I am constantly putting food in my mouth : )
    That sounded delicious!!!

  21. Sarah

    I wonder why I am such a bitch because I am constantly putting food in my mouth : )
    That sounded delicious!!!

  22. Linda

    You so have to get some sort of spy camera….OH! or left Briefcase take your picture when Ho’s sit behind you in fancy-schmancy restaurants! We live for this stuff you know.

  23. Linda

    You so have to get some sort of spy camera….OH! or left Briefcase take your picture when Ho’s sit behind you in fancy-schmancy restaurants! We live for this stuff you know.

  24. Linda

    You so have to get some sort of spy camera….OH! or left Briefcase take your picture when Ho’s sit behind you in fancy-schmancy restaurants! We live for this stuff you know.

  25. Fragrant Liar

    There’s food placed in front of you, and your question is, should I have eaten it all? Hmmm. Maybe that’s why I’m not losing any weight. I don’t ask myself that question. Gee, thanks for changing my life. I think.

  26. Fragrant Liar

    There’s food placed in front of you, and your question is, should I have eaten it all? Hmmm. Maybe that’s why I’m not losing any weight. I don’t ask myself that question. Gee, thanks for changing my life. I think.

  27. Fragrant Liar

    There’s food placed in front of you, and your question is, should I have eaten it all? Hmmm. Maybe that’s why I’m not losing any weight. I don’t ask myself that question. Gee, thanks for changing my life. I think.

  28. thistle

    Perhaps the OC drink was Fanta based…that’s sort of realish orange, like the notorious Housewives themselves…
    And suddenly, i’m feeling a need for a cocktail with a silly name…maybe i need to go back to bartending school…

  29. thistle

    Perhaps the OC drink was Fanta based…that’s sort of realish orange, like the notorious Housewives themselves…
    And suddenly, i’m feeling a need for a cocktail with a silly name…maybe i need to go back to bartending school…

  30. thistle

    Perhaps the OC drink was Fanta based…that’s sort of realish orange, like the notorious Housewives themselves…
    And suddenly, i’m feeling a need for a cocktail with a silly name…maybe i need to go back to bartending school…

  31. Jason

    OF COURSE you have to eat the food just because it’s there. You wouldn’t want to waste your fancy night out with the rich folk.
    I love that there is actually a drink for cougars.
    Yet another great Money Town story.

  32. Jason

    OF COURSE you have to eat the food just because it’s there. You wouldn’t want to waste your fancy night out with the rich folk.
    I love that there is actually a drink for cougars.
    Yet another great Money Town story.

  33. Jason

    OF COURSE you have to eat the food just because it’s there. You wouldn’t want to waste your fancy night out with the rich folk.
    I love that there is actually a drink for cougars.
    Yet another great Money Town story.

  34. MLS

    I love Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and it’s so pricey and I feel I need to eat everything because if I take it home, HBL will end up eating it and then I’ll be all pissed off that I didn’t eat it myself in the first place. Oh, and don’t tell Lo you had duck. I’m just sayin……

  35. MLS

    I love Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and it’s so pricey and I feel I need to eat everything because if I take it home, HBL will end up eating it and then I’ll be all pissed off that I didn’t eat it myself in the first place. Oh, and don’t tell Lo you had duck. I’m just sayin……

  36. MLS

    I love Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and it’s so pricey and I feel I need to eat everything because if I take it home, HBL will end up eating it and then I’ll be all pissed off that I didn’t eat it myself in the first place. Oh, and don’t tell Lo you had duck. I’m just sayin……

  37. Lori

    Of course you had to eat the food. All those drinks sound fun and make me want one right now. I bet there was some fun people watching that night!

  38. Lori

    Of course you had to eat the food. All those drinks sound fun and make me want one right now. I bet there was some fun people watching that night!

  39. Lori

    Of course you had to eat the food. All those drinks sound fun and make me want one right now. I bet there was some fun people watching that night!

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