Since I’ve met Julian all he’s ever talked about is the Grand Lux Cafe. For the purposes of this story and my sheer laziness to have to type Grand Lux Cafe in it’s entirety, each and every time I mention it, we’ll refer to it from now on as GLC. So like I was saying, Julian has always been the GLC this and the GLC that. This one time at GLC….I once had this amazing “fill in the blank” at GLC. I want to get married at GLC. It’s kind of crazy how often he brings that restaurant up. The reason behind this whole crazy fascination is that he used to work at GLC in LA years ago, which has since closed down, and the only other location is in Vegas. As luck would have it, we were recently in Las Vegas and of course I heard so much about this place I had to go check it out. Julian just about lost his mind when he realized we were going to Vegas because as I’m sure you can guess, the first thing out of his mouth was “THE GLC!!” I think he was more excited that we were eating at GLC than actually having a few days off without any work or talk about work.
Anyhow, we get to GLC and I order a strawberry martini because apparently that’s what I’m supposed to order and drink. P.S. I preferred the strawberry moscow mule he ordered instead. Then we get an order of spring rolls to share. But these aren’t just any spring rolls, they’re loaded baked potato spring rolls. The exact same spring rolls Julian had always mentioned in conjunction with GLC. I hate to admit when he is right, but when the guy is right, the guy is right. So I practically had the entire order myself and I finally understood what all the huff was about. I quickly came to the realization that all of the spring rolls I eat from then on should be filled with mashed potatoes and topped with lots of cheese and bacon.
We ordered a salad and a few other things to share and they were good, I can never resist a chopped salad on any menu, but the highlight for me was definitely those spring rolls. So here I am now, fulfilling my promise to myself to recreate them at home. They’re rather easy to make, just a bit tedious to fill and wrap but if you make a bunch at a time and just freeze them, the next time you want a loaded baked potato spring roll, you can just open your freezer and pop them into some hot oil. Oh also, if you ever find yourself in Las Vegas, be sure to visit GLC.