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.)
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.
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.
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.
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?