Who: Mama D
What: Carafe of house Syrah and two burgers with bacon-shallot jam, Gruyere and duck egg, fries and aioli.
Twas the night before AMPLIFY…and I should’ve been running around with my hair on fire. An 800 person event? In T-minus 10 hours? EEK! But oh no, this was not the case. Of course this wasn’t my first rodeo, and I had a super supportive team at work to help whip things in shape. But the best part? Mama D rode the bus all the way from Olympia to not only be a guest at the breakfast but to help with all the last minute details. She’s the best!
So we found ourselves at 7:30pm at The Sheraton hotel in downtown Seattle, laying down our last name tags and looking at each other like, “so, we’re good here, right? We can go grab a bite, hell, even a glass of wine to cap off the night?” I couldn’t believe it, how could we have been so prepared? But without much further hesitation, this is exactly what this mother-daughter duo did on AMPLIFY Eve.
Feet sore and body aching from a long 12-hour day, we nestled into a lovely corner seat with luscious upholstered seating. It’s like Loulay knew we were about to arrive. They had the most perfect spot waiting for us. Immediately we ordered a carafe of house syrah, and shortly after, two burgers that were screaming our name.
Probably the “highlight” of the evening happened next. This is how tired I was. A first glass of the Syrah was poured, a clink of the glasses was had, and Hurricane Ali (my other alter ego) appeared in full force as I accidentally nudged the table causing our godsend of a wine carafe to fall and shatter to pieces. It was embarrassing to say the least, and horrifying to see wine go to waste! To our dismay the Loulay staff were gracious enough to bring us a replacement carafe. Classic Hurricane Ali incident.
It was clearly time for sustenance. We didn’t even see it coming. Two exquisite plates of food were set before us. A perfect, toasted brioche. A superb, juicy medium rare burger patty. Melty, buttery Gruyere. Crisp butter lettuce. A schmear of salty, sweet and every-so-decadent bacon-shallot jam. A velvety, rich, perfectly fried duck egg. Not to mention enough crispy fries and creamy aioli for a small army. It was holy grail of burger experiences, and hands down one of the most indulgent burgers I’ve experienced in my life. Mama D and I were in heaven.
Spillage incident and all, I couldn’t have imagined for a more perfect, impromptu pre-game day outing with my mama!