Monday brought a golden opportunity to get back to our We Love Brighton list - and this was a task that we had started but not completed, so we jumped in head first!
#43. Get a Shake at JB's American Diner.
This entry on the all important list, places it after experiences Buddies, which as we know was very unsuccessful. So unsuccessful that we still don't know where that chef is? Did he catch a slow boat to France? Is he digging his way to Perth? Did he just go off into the moors in the middle of the coutry and get stuck in a house haunted by centuries worth of ghosts of historic figures and storybook characters? I guess we'll never know.
We Love Brighton recommends that after your drunken/ hangover breaky at Buddies, you spend the day in JB's. We didn't spend the day... I mean really, we'd been up all night either drinking with our pals at Otherplace Basement, or watching the election, so we needed to catch up on sleep. See what we mean?
So we went to JB's for dinner. From the moment of walking in with the blast of 50's American music, to waiting for a table by the chocolate and bubblegum coin operated dispensers, to taking a seat in an intimate red booth, we were immersed in a repro-diner experience. Tamara and Erin even fit into the theme with their gingham outfits, really! Tamara's skirt matched the paper placemats exactly! So we spent a while wondering if the 50's really were like this, with the walls plastered with signs and 50's celebrities... hmmm. I think we know the answer there.
We have to say, the service was pretty good. It was fast and the food was hot, and the waitress sure knew how to upsell:
WAITRESS: (in an English accent - jarring with our 'authentic' American 50's experience)
Is that all you want?
US: Yes. Yep, that's it. Hmm, yeah nothing else thanks.
WAITRESS: (with an effectively doubtful expression) Are you sure?
US: Yes thankyou, that's all.
WAITRESS: (with a seriously disapproving expression) Really? You're sure?
TYLER: Oh. Um. Yes.
WAITRESS: (raised eyebrows) No extras? Onion?
TYLER: Oh, well maybe, yes, onion. yes.
So that was amusing. She tried to come back and do the same thing when she could see we were low on drinks, but we were wise to her selling skills and weren't sucked in that time.
Anyway, Tamara loved her ribs, Tyler's hot dog (with masses of onion) didn't get stolen by an oversized seagull and English Robb (Stand in for our Aussie Rob) and Erin couldn't even finish their burgers. With left rolling out the door.
But we forgot to try the shakes!!! Oh No! And this was something that needed to be tried, according to We Love Brighton. Well, we'd have to go back and test them with (Aussie) Rob's special sugar detecting palate.
Thus this morning's breakfast decision was, of course, seriously sugary pancakes and shakes. It needs to be said that it was late morning, probably closer to lunchtime, when we went down to indulge our tastebuds, so we were pretty hungry. We were overwhelmed with the choices for the shakes. Gosh they all looked so good! So we decided on some basic pancakes - icecream and maple syrup for Rob, and banana and toffee with maple syrup for Erin and Tyler, there's fruit on it, ok? Then Rob ordered the mint choc chip shake and Erin and Tyler thought they'd share a peanut butter shake... well... sharing was a good decision! The serves were massive. The pancakes were pretty good but so very sweet, and the shakes were like a smack in the face. Really, we should have tried to get a phto of our first sips of the shakes because you put the straw in your mouth and slurp a little up, then the taste hits your tongue and BAM! Your whole face responds like one of those videos of babies tasting something for the first time. This is something that everyone should try! It could be the new youtube sensation - videos of people trying JB's shakes for the first time. Wow.
While we sat and attempted to finish our meals (impossible really) we also realised that the music, which seemed like it was on repeat because they all sounded the same, had some really funny lyrics. Our favourite was this one that was super boppy but the singer was telling us that 'breaking up was hard to do'. Here's a link so you can enjoy it too. And think about a shake hittign you in the face.