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Brunch Smackdown at Mister A’s

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Brunch Smackdown at Mister A's

You get a lot of pitches and emails from PR firms when you are a food blogger. Some of them pay, most of them don’t. A lot of them are just outright ridiculous and you hit the delete button without responding. But when I was asked to go to a fabulous restaurant here in San Diego to experience their new brunch menu with other bloggers, I thought, “Heck yeah!”

Then I realized I had to be in downtown San Diego at 5am. Hmmm…. Hubby offered to take on morning duty. My partner-in-crime, Mary/California Greek Girl, instructed me that I had to go with her. No choice.

My personal aversion to appearing on video/television is extremely strong. Well, I didn’t have to watch the video on the Fox 5 San Diego Morning Show. Everyone else did. So, I went.

Brunch Smackdown at Mister A's

Bertrand’s at Mister A’s has been an icon here in San Diego for over 50 years. Sitting on top of the Financial Center Building in downtown San Diego, you have a breathtaking panoramic view of San Diego. I have dined at Mister A’s before and the food has always been impeccable and the service first rate. And now I was back again (at 5am) to enjoy their new brunch menu. Score!

We were instructed that there would be a little twist to this segment. We were going to have a cooking challenge: Who could stuff the best crepe? Who could season the best fried chicken? Who could best plate the watermelon salad?

Brunch Smackdown at Mister A's

Our third blogger in attendance, was Suchada/Mama Eve. She’s a tiny thing, showing up in her flip flops and white jacket. Very deceiving. When we were told to take our place, Suchada unveiled her va-va-voom dress and donned high heels.

I was told to wear something dark, so I had my lovely grey shirt. Boring, boring grey between bright coral and seafoam blue.

“I hate television,” I grumbled to myself.

Brunch Smackdown at Mister A's

Fox 5′s Heather Ford was incredibly perky for a woman who gets up everyday at 3am. Her mood was infectious and I found myself relaxing and having a bit of fun (even in my boring grey shirt). Mary/California Greek Girl won the first challenge with the crepes, stuffing them with fresh fruit and oats. My fried chicken won the chicken/waffle contest as I seasoned it with turmeric and red pepper. Suchada/Mama Eve (the mommy blogger who said she couldn’t plate anything pretty!) won the last event, plating her balsamic infused watermelon salad so beautifully.

The two hours went by fast. It was all tremendous fun. You don’t realize how many people watch the morning show until you receive texts and comments about being seen on television. It was all surreal, actually. The kids didn’t care. I was home, back in my grungy mommy clothes and back in the routine. Sometimes doing the unreasonable and uncomfortable is worth it.

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post. It was done voluntarily. I did receive a gift certificate to Bertrand’s at Mister A’s as a thank-you for participating in this television segment. The opinions I expressed here are my own, as I have frequently dined at Mister A’s long before I was invited to participate in this event.

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8 Responses to Brunch Smackdown at Mister A’s

  1. This is SO great – my famous friends ;)

  2. 5 AM! Is that legal? Sounds like a fun time, and a great experience. You’re a star now – I hope you will still remember all us little people who knew you back when. ;-) Fun post – thanks.

  3. Mary Papoulias-Platis at #

    Haven’t been up and dressed (maybe in my pj’s) in a long time! You put out some great waffles my frieind!

  4. Eha at #

    Great! Feel I have seen you ‘face-to-face’ at last and heard you speak and thus ‘know’ you a little better. Kind’of wish the presenter had made just a tad more of your blogs and I do hope that the certificate you received had a nice amount on it after you being a ‘star’ at such time in the morning on television :) ! Nice, Laura!!!

  5. You are famous! So nice to see you in the segment. Fun :)

  6. I’m so proud of you two for getting up so early! I just couldn’t do it. You look fabulous, gray shirt or not!

  7. It was SUPER nice to see you in action and hear your voice!!! You looked great Laura! I wouldn’t even consider being on a TV. My face will be red like octopus (or this must be a silly Japanese expression!). I’m happy to hear you had fun, and it must have been a great experience being on the show. Great job!!!

  8. So fun!! I have fond memories of dining at Mr. A’s before my prom :-) I am so impressed with the 5 am start time!

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