Today I dined on the Mexi-Asian Spicy Pork Burrito. Now… Before my meal, Eat Club surprised me with a number of branded gifts: pens, sunglasses, a traveler bag, a football and a nice branded cup. What a great move. Love these guys. Side Note: I will be reviewing the products separately via my Twitter account. They also decked out my Eat Club box with a medal that says, “Most Epic Reviewer”. Honestly my taste buds went numb. I scarfed down the burrito without any food related thoughts. My only thoughts were, “Can’t wait to wear these shades at Splash House!” “This medal… Wow. Now I know what Michael Phelps feels like!” “These pens are so orange!” (My favorite color. Go Orioles!) I ate the whole thing so my subconscious must’ve enjoyed the dish. Meal: 4.1 Experience: 4.8 (-.2 A3 placement).
Today I dined on the Watermelon Feta Salad. This dish was delightful, it screamed summer. The fresh ingredients and mouth watering flavors paired together beautifully in this 4 by 6″ plastic container. The side of feta cheese and peach basil vinaigrette were packed right to the brim. The chunks of watermelon were ever present (7-8 big ole chunks). The pecans (also packed separately) were glossy, crunchy and just straight up beautiful. The arugula was a nice lil’ change-up, the sweetness of the other ingredients helped dampen the usual strong/overpowering zest arugula usually brings to the table. Not sure if this is on Eat Club or a nod to my underrated athletic ability but the salad shake was absolutely flawless; one of the best of my life. Each bite contained the perfect amount of dressing. Fantastic meal. Would recommend to a friend. Meal: 4.4 Experience: 4.2 (A5 placement. A friend of mine bragged about his A1 placement. We are no longer friends).
Today I dined on the BBQ Boneless Ribs Plate. I’ve been craving ribs for quite sometime and this meal most definitely scratched my rib itch. The meal came with baked beans, cornbread, spinach and a nice cup of BBQ sauce. I did not eat the spinach or even look at it…. When I’m eating ribs no vegetable will be consumed unless it’s Momma Bierly’s Kentucky Sweet Corn. WOOO WIII!!! The sweet/tangy BBQ sauce was lovely. I was most definitely, “Lost in the sauce.” As the Instagram kids say. I finished up my meal with a good ole’ fashioned opened face baked bean, cornbread sandwich. Momma Bierly taught me that one. Solid Meal: 4.1 Experience: A5 placement. (-.1) 4.0.
Today I dined on the Lemongrass Pork. Eat Club describes this meal as “traditional” and I could not agree more. This dish is the Tim Duncan of Eat Club meals. Unassuming, solid, fundamental. The Lemongrass Pork is a hard hat and shovel experience. It’s not going to razzle-dazzla ya with some flashy alley-oop and mock the opposing team. No. This meal blocks shots, this meal sets hard screens, this meal grabs offensive boards, Athlete Comparison: PJ Tucker, Patrice Bergeron, David Eckstein. Meal: 4.1. Experience: A2 placement 4.0.
Today I dined on the Seared Tuna Nicoise. I enjoy eating dishes that contain words that I can’t pronounce correctly and this meal most definitely checked that box. The dish was lovely, it offered a nice “cooling” experience. My mouth felt like it was breathing in a lovely morning San Diego fog. The crispy lettuce and snap of the green beans paired beautifully with the softness the hard boiled egg provided. We call this texture heaven in the biz. The tuna was phenomenal. Best tuna I’ve ever had out of a box. This dish exceeded expectations. Light, flavorful, refreshing. Meal: 4.6. Experience: 4.5. A4 placement.
Today I dined on the Black Bean Burger. EatClub reviewers gave this meal an average score of 4.4. History tells me not to pay too much attention to these positive reviews… For the 4.5 rating given to the Chicken Tostada seems .3 points too high (still a solid dish) but I digress. At first I was taken back by the lack of burger this dish had. When someone describes a meal as a burger you think meat, at least my carnivore mind does anyway, but no. The “patty” was sculpted out of black beans. Hello culture shock! The escabeche, coleslaw and chipotle paired well with the black bean patty and added a refreshing zesty citrusy flavor. The dish came with chips but tbh my tum-tum was more than full after scarfing down this Low-Mid 4 EatClub entree. Meal: 4.3. Experience: 4.2 (A2 Placement).
Today I dined on the Spaghetti with Tomato Basil Sauce. Rolled the dice on a 3.5 rating. Figured, “Hey EatClub Reviewers overreacted on how ‘great’ the Chicken Tostada was, maybe they overreacted on how ‘bad’ the Spaghetti was.” I treated this dish with respect and ate it with a fork and spoon; the true Italian way. The spaghetti was served al dente, I’m more of a poco cotta guy myself but hey that’s life. The only thing that’s missing from this dish is the fact I haven’t dropped a Mom’s Spaghetti joke yet. Meal: 3.4. Experience: A1 Placement. Tiger won this weekend .It’s a nice day. 3.9. After I drop a Mom’s Spaghetti joke 4.1.