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December 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Social Commentary

Just in From Mom is a segment I do every now and then. I’ve encouraged my mom to start her own blog because she writes creatively and puts in emails to our family. Here’s a pretty good one from the other day about her getting together with friends at one of the Grand Hotels in Florida. And at the end is a clip from a movie featuring a Grand Hotel…. in Colorado.

You Get What You Pay For…

“Hi Shorena and Brian,

Thanks so much for the 2011 McLane Family Calendar. Love it. Did you know you sent us (2)?

Our Ladies “Lunch Bunch” went out for our “Holiday” Lunch to “The Breakers” a very high-class, expensive hotel. We were told the Christmas decorations were supposed to be beautiful. Sadly, I was very disappointed. The hotel was comprised of one long lobby after another, with a very large Christmas tree in each lobby, decorated simply with electric lights and bows. Nothing special. They also had plain green wreaths circling all the doorways. All you saw was highly polished parquet wooden floors with dull sofa groupings or chair groupings everywhere …very boring.

We also thought we were going to be in their dining room but it turned out to be their “Seafood Bar” which was, in effect, a sports bar.

Finally, the menu was very limited, very expensive and had mediocre portions. I wound up having a seafood croissant sandwich, which was tasty but had more lettuce on it than seafood in it. I had creme brulee for dessert and it came in a tiny cup — maybe there were 4 spoonfulls of creme brulee. I don’t mind paying $45 for lunch, (and that’s without liquor — just cokes), but if I do I want to have decent choices and portions.. Three out of six choices were salads! The woman next to me wound up ordering soup and french fries! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

After lunch we roamed around the lobbies and found the area where they had their Sunday Brunch. I went up to see what they were serving. Everything from soup to nuts — lobster, crab meat, shrimp, every kind of meat you can imagine, the most delicious looking desserts — and for the modest price of only $119.00 for lunch per person (that included tax and tips). (Mind you, that was buffet style — you had to serve yourself.) But at least it was all you could eat and a huge selections of foods. Still, I would never pay that much money for lunch.

Anyway, it was an experience.

Again, thanks for the adorable calendar … we just love it.



NEWS FROM MOM - LADIES WHO LUNCH (Click For Ending From "The Shining")


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