DUG Conference – FOOD!

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Well – I spent the past “three” days (Sun evening – Wed afternoon) at the Datatel Users Group (DUG) conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center. It was a very busy few days and very long – yesterday’s first session, a coffee talk, was a 7am.  But… there Had to be food… and we found some worth mentioning!
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Sunday evening we (my Heart & I) met my best friend and her husband for dinner. There were torrential rains on Sunday so we decided to eat at the resort.  Moon Bay Coastal Cuisine was a perfect pick, although it was really chilly in our corner – we must have been under a fan.  I had grilled shrimp with grits with a side of garlic spinach.  Both were absolutely delicious – I love shrimp & grits and don’t see it often.  My Heart had the crab cake Caesar salad – the crab cake wasn’t very big but it had hardly any filler and was quite nice.  We didn’t have dessert – nothing caught our fancy.

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Continental breakfast at the conference.  The first day this was all I could find… the 2nd day I did find yogurt so I had yogurt & fresh berries – it was delicious.  After a couple sessions the first morning – I really needed to eat so I went to the Pienza Italian Market.  Breakfast was pricey but it was delicious – ham & cheese omelet, home-fried potatoes & English muffins (I shouldn’t eat them because of the gluten but I have been VERY good lately.
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All of the Stevenson University attendees (11 of us) went out for dinner Monday night at McLoone’s Pierhouse – It was lovely, right on the water (there will be architectural and scenery photos coming shortly).  I had the paella… it was very nice, lots of saffron and good seafood – one of my table mates had crab cakes.

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The dessert tray looked lovely but nothing to tempt me.  Two of my table mates decided to share the tiramisu… I got a little bite – sinful !

 

 

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On the way back to the room, a few of us stopped for a nightcap in Moon Bay’s bar – a dirty martini was a perfect end for the evening.
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Tuesday night my Heart was back for the night – we went to Rosa Mexicano restaurant, (their dinner menu) a short walk from the conference center. It was happy hour – that was the red sangria I had… that little pitcher and the glass was just $4.50 – quite a deal.  They are known for their guacamole and totally deserve the kudos – only my daughter’s homemade guac is better.

 

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… But dinner really knocked our socks off.  I had the carne asada tacos – the corn tortillas were tiny but I got about 10 of them.. the meat tender with a layer of melted cheese.  There were very smokey chili beans and a creamy corn mixture for toppings and some hot taco sauce.  The sides were a delicious rice mixture with cilantro and other seasonings and refried black beans. There was a ton of food… definitely enough to share.  My Heart got the appetizer “pork belly tacos”… the most amazing part was the texture – the pork was super crispy but not dry… extremely flavorful.

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On the way home we stopped at the Public House for a nightcap – it was cold out so I opted for the Irish coffee.  It was nothing special but hit the spot and warmed me up.  I was presenting this morning so no breakfast – we did Baja Fresh for lunch, just something quick and statisfying… and then headed for home.
The food at the Gaylord was nice but very expensive and the drinks were ridiculous.  I would definitely go back to Rosa’s again – it was the best of anywhere we ate.  YUM!

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