Saturday, February 14, 2009

How To Get a Free Valentine Meal

Ben was given a gift card to Macaroni Grill for Christmas. We decided to use it today, Valentine's Day, for lunch while my parents took the kids to a special V-Day lunch. We both order and the meal comes. Mine is really great, just what I ordered...and since I have had it before, tasted just as I knew it should.

Ben, on the other hand, orders a meal that sounds really wonderful on the menu. It arrives, and it looks really wonderful. He takes a bite and casually mentions that it is quite a bit more spicy than he was anticipating. He takes another bite and says that it really is hot. (he loves hot things). He gives me a bite, and it is hot enough that I decline further bites.

He mentions it to the waitress and she takes the plate and begins a discussion with the manager. The manager comes over and asks for a description of the problem. She then takes the plate to the kitchen, saying they will fix the problem. A few minutes later, she returns and says that someone in the kitchen had refilled the paprika container with cayenne pepper! What was supposed to be a "zesty" dish with a pretty layer of paprika on top became like Mt. Vesuvius with a strong layer of cayenne pepper!

We ended up getting the entire meal, both of ours!, for free! Now we can still go back and use the gift card another time!

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

We love to eat at the Macaroni Grill! We have had some problems with their steaks before and same situation received a free meal. What is funny about your post is that we ate there last night for V-day and we also used a gift card from Christmas. We got dessert and our meals without having to pay for anything! That is our favorite place to eat, we just don't order the steaks!

Kristen & David said...

That's pretty funny! Ben's poor little taste buds, all sizzled off. I bet the manager was giving a lot of free meals that night.

Baby Sara's Mom said...

this is so funny! but good thing they figured out their mistake and gave you both a meal for free! what a terrible mistake to replace cayenne pepper instead of paprika, what a huge difference :)

Alisa Cornelison said...

Daniel probably would have loved it and eaten every bite. I swear that mine would eat fire if he could. Yay for a free meal - what a good valentines present.