May 22th, 2010. Rachel’s Dinner at Society!!
After several thwarted attempts Rachel was FINALLY able to have her Society dinner! She invited her girlfriends and we got together on Victoria Day to celebrate with the pink chandeliers! Society Dining Lounge is part of the prolific Glowbal Group and takes all American concepts and takes their own “Glowbal” take on it, like using Belgian chocolate and Lobster. Not in the same dish! But you know, they use “high brow” ingredients in your everyday American home-cooking type dishes.
A few of the girls ordered the yummy milkshakes while the rest of us ordered more “sophisticated” drinks. If there’s a huge thing of cotton candy spun on top of your drink does that make it..less sophisticated? Anyways, on the table was a Virgin Nutella Milkshake, Oreo Cookie Spiked Milkshake (frangelico & creme de cacao), and Belgian Black Forest Milkshake (amarena cherries & belgian chocolate).
Allison and I went for fun and ingenious with the Candy Floss Collins and Candy Floss Mojito! I don’t think we were actually prepared for the huge puff of cotton candy that came spun on top of our drinks! We were in awe of the cute pink cloud with the straw sticking out from the top but were at a loss as to how to even begin! I was pretty much as happy as a clam: my 2 favorite things combined!!
I’ve had better mojitos and their candy floss was kinda grainy, but hey, it’s a sweet idea! We ended up stuffing some of the candy floss into the drinks which made mine turn pink and the candy floss also left a sugar rim! It works like an all-in-one! My sticky fingers were all over this baby 😉
We finally got around to ordering both our appetizers and our entrees. One thing we just could NOT pass up were Society’s famous Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls with jalapeno and white cheddar! I mean, this was one of the main reasons we were here! Again, such a cool concept…but I didn’t taste any jalapeno and the flavors in general were muted. I wanted to love this more than I actually did! I didn’t bother dipping it in ketchup, because, really, does anyone slather ketchup on their mac & cheese? I loved the concept, but I think they can do better. One upside was that I liked the crispyness of the breaded exterior.
Appy #2: Classic Mussels (Garlic, Shallots, and Chardonnay, served with French Fries and Mayo). I am not a shellfish connoisseur. Most time I won’t even eat them, but these mussles actually outshone the Mac ‘n’ Cheese Balls and I kept going in for more! All the juice on the bottom helped the mussels at the bottom to be more yummy. I think that was the actual merit of this dish: the juice. It was flavorful and just savory enough not to overpower the mussels and was well infused with the tomato, garlic and shallots. The juice was goood~ enough to make Cindy drink it from the pot. Love a girl who loves her sauce!
After a lot of hemming and hawing I finally decided on the Lobster Gnocchi (Half Atlantic Lobster, Tarragon Creme & Parmesan Gratin). I know it’s heavy, but I love a good gnocchi in some good cream sauce and cheese. The Gnocchis were fluffy, the sauce was cheesy and the morsels of lobster were plentiful & juicy! What’s not to love? Yummmmm~!
Jen ordered the Lobster Shepherds Pie (Atlantic Lobster & Creamed Potate) to share with Rachel. Honestly..it was bland and flat. Yes, there was impressive looking claw meat on the top and a good amount inside the pie…but it lacked seasoning and the vegetable seemed a bit undercooked. It was just very underwhelming. Another item that seemed so good on paper but faceplanted in terms of execution
Lindsey had the Blackened Wild BC Salmon (Tequila Lime Dressing, Guacamole & Fresh Tomato Salsa). Didn’t get to taste it..But Lindsey ordered it just on the merit that it had tequila in it: My kinda girl! She ate it all up so I am guessing it was pretty good.
Allison had the Forno Sablefish (Warm Tomato, Baby Shrimp & Pesto Salad). It looks pretty good! And she said the fish was well cooked, It definitely looks nice.
Cindy had the Penne Primavera (Grilled Vegetables, Tomato Sauce & Pesto). I don’t think it was very memorable for anyone since I really didn’t hear a lot of comments about it. Again, I didn’t get to try it……I had just met these girls for the first time, so on top of taking pictures of all their food I thought eating their bite sized portions would just be pushing it!
Rachel also ordered this massive Hawaiian Pizza (Grilled Pineapple, Smoked Ham & Prosciutto). Doesn’t that sound delicious? It looks loaded, too! At this point I was just waaaaaay too stuffed to even attempt having another bite of food! I’m pretty sure most of it had to be packed up, but hey, as long as the few bites they got in was worth it it’s all good. It just sounds so good too! Hawaiian pizza with an upgrade.
Birthday’s are just another excuse to order more dessert, is what I think. Allison & I shared a dessert: Donut Holes filled with gooey White Chocolate dusted with powdered sugar served with Creme Anglaise! Mmmmm~~!! I wish I could have left a little bit more room for dessert because trying to finish these off on an already heavy stomach was just painful!
Rachel & Lindsey shared the Warm Apple Pie served with Ice Cream. Mmmm~ look at alllll that caramel~! They said it was super sweet and quite gooey. It looked and smelled great from all the way across the other table! Don’t we all just love a hot apple pie dripping with caramel and a big spoonful of ice cream? 😉
Despite a few important glitches, the dinner was fun, especially since all the girls were so fab. Rachel, you’ve got some foxy accountant friends plus me, and we all wish you a Very Happy Birthday! Best blessings darling~! Hope this year is full of happy times and lots of new and exciting adventures and people! Love you lots!!! ♥