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Lunch At Red 8 Asian Bistro with My Sugar Momma

written by John Chow on January 21, 2011

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During the recent Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas, I got a chance to have lunch with Eleanor Chin. She’s the sugar momma who paid $1,025 to have lunch with me and six other ASW rockstars. The money went to support Affiliate Marketers Give Back, 2011 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, also known as “Save The Boobies.”

Lunch was at Red 8 inside the Wynn Hotel. However, the restaurant seemed to have lost our reservation when we got there and there was a huge hour-long line up (it was lunch time after all). The restaurant apologized but said there were no tables available right away. That’s when Missy Ward decided to get medieval on their asses. In not so many words, she told Red 8 that this lunch was for charity, that she’s holding a convention at the hotel, that she has 5,000 people here and she wanted a table NOW! Within a few minutes, a table magically became available. If you want first class treatment no matter where you go, roll with Missy!

Seated around Missy and Eleanor were Shawn Collins, Rae “Sugarrae” Hoffman Dolan, Brian Littleton, Chris Pearson and me. Shoemoney wasn’t able to make it because he was preparing for his Link Control launch. He will make it up to Eleanor at a later date.

Red 8 Asian Bistro is about as authentic as Las Vegas, which is to say, not very. It can’t seem to decide what type of Asian restaurant it is. The menu is a missmash of cuisine from Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Malay and every other Asian country you can dream up. I ordered the beef brisket noodle soup, which was prepared Hong Kong style. It was OK but I could get a much better one at any Chinese restaurant in Vancouver for a third of the price. Red 8 is the first restaurant I’ve been to where I can order a Hong Kong style dish with a miso soup. Shawn decided to be adventurous and ordered the ox tail soup. I’m not sure what Asian country that was from.

The lunch happened on Missy’s birthday. Red 8 was nice enough to give Missy a birthday ice cream with one candle on it. Overall, everyone had a good time and we shared our tips and tricks on how to run an Internet business with Eleanor. I hope she got her $1,025 worth.

Lunch at Red 8

Lunch at Red 8

Lunch at Red 8

Lunch at Red 8

Affiliate Summit co-founder Shawn Collins tries out the ox tail soup.

Lunch at Red 8

And lived to tell about it. :P

Red 8 Asian Bistro (Wynn) on Urbanspoon

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Bradley Nordstrom January 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Wow.That Asian food looks good.I like sushi and Thai Curry.Well hope it was delicious John.

PPC Ian January 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Yeah, looks like some seriously great food! John, I like your story about Missy Ward saving the day with the “magic” table that appeared. Awesome stuff!

ikki January 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

jummy food

Email List Building January 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm


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Human Development January 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

He is really making me more hunger by publishing
such a yummy pics in motion.

Vinay January 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Yeah looks good. I saw Red8 but never made it. Next time :)

ikki January 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

i like icecream

d3so January 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

lol I don’t think ox tail is that exotic. I think squid is more like it.

John Chow January 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Hmmm, I don’t recall squid being on the menu but they had jelly fish!

iheater January 21, 2011 at 7:28 pm


Jelly fish? ouch! I’m sure it stings.

John Chow January 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Jelly fish is actually very tasty. I remember forcing Zac Johnson to try it. Too bad I didn’t have a video of his reaction after he put it in his mouth. lol

Bradley Nordstrom January 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Must’ve been very unpleasant. :0

Allen Walker January 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Or was he pleasantly surprised? :)

d3so January 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I’ve never tried jelly fish probably never will unless I’m drunk.

d3so January 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Jelly fish is more like it! Much more exotic than ox tail.

Make Money Online February 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm

im not much of a fan of seafood. Besides shrimps, i think seafood is very overrated.

PPC Ian January 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Awesome stuff. Honestly, for $1025 this sounds like a real steal. :-) I bet Eleanor really got her money’s worth. It’s great to that the money goes to a good cause.
All the best,

d3so January 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I hope it was worth it for her as well. Because I don’t really like to discuss business when I’m eating, it’s more of a leisure thing for me.

Make Money Online February 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

yes, i think money should never be involved when eating. I mean, if you have money, just pay yourself the food you want, its as simple as that! We all should eat nice meals every day.

Harshad January 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Shawn looks happy after having that.

Shawn Collins January 22, 2011 at 5:14 am

I am happy reliving it with the picture – that was the best (first) ox tail I ever had.

drt January 22, 2011 at 6:10 am

Ox tail is an Indonesian cuisine. If prepared correctly, it would be very delicious. In the past, if I saw ox tail in the grocery store, I used to take one pack home and prepared it myself. My wife didn’t like it after we were in the US saying too much fat and cholesterol in ox tail. Too bad I’m a vegetarian now, and it was a food of the past. :-) I’m glad you love it, Shawn.

Abhik January 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

man!! those foods looks delicious :)

Human Development January 24, 2011 at 7:40 am

I thinks same, and complains always to the John that he makes us more crazy about his pics and video post to know what he is eating and roaming around.

kineiyi January 22, 2011 at 12:09 am

I don’t like that restaurant and food.

ikki January 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

seeing tha picture, im already like this food

fas January 22, 2011 at 7:14 am

The food looks good but not as good as what is usually on dot com pho..

Missy Ward January 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

Yeah, that hostess that thought she was going to have an easy time dismissing us, didn’t expect me to run all over her. :)

Thanks for doing this again John. Eleanor was such a pleasure to have lunch with.

Kirk Taylor January 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

Missy, the management at Red 8 obviously failed at providing the service that would be expected at such a place. Losing a reservation is unacceptable and their reaction was worse. While I’m sure that people pull rank in attempt to move ahead of others, they have to be conscious of making mistakes.

The hotel should have had someone that was at your beck and call to take care of whatever you wanted whenever you wanted it, reservation or no reservation. Wynn spends an enormous amount of money on presenting a first class image and then messes it up on the human factor.

Why not send your convention contact to this thread and let them read what people think?

Missy Ward January 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I actually spoked to the General Manager about the incident :) The Wynn is trying to figure out where the ball got dropped. The part that really put me over the edge was even though I showed the email correspondence between myself and the restaurant manager himself to the hostess, she basically dismissed it. That was the point when I “strongly urged” her to seat us. It took her a few minutes, but she finally did set us a table.

Rob Merlino January 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm

“Strongly urged.” Love it.

Kirk Taylor January 24, 2011 at 7:50 am

Wow, having documentation and she sill dismissed it. Somebody ought to be fired.

Come to think of it, my first experience dinning at the Wynn was less than stellar… I guess that’s a good reason why I never ate their again.

I’ve enjoyed many restaurants in Las Vegas (that’s what my wife an I go for– we don’t gamble) and the Wynn is the only place I’ve really not been satisfied with when it comes to service…

Lann LCC January 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

Looks delicious, just enjoy from here-on computer screen….

Ari January 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

Wew, the soup looks good. Expensive lunch but I think it is a good spent because for charity.

Bash Bosh January 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

The food looks good… but I think its too much expensive tho :) A birthday ice cream with one candle is a good trick!

ikki January 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

you always eating great food

Abhik January 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Yeah!! That’s why we get all those pics and vids

ikki January 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

iummmmmmmm nice meat

Rob Merlino January 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I ate dinner there one night at ASW. One word: “Underwhelmed.”

Dan Lew January 23, 2011 at 6:51 am

The lunch looks nice

Retete January 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

In my country, Romania, asian people usually avoid chinese restaurants and go mostly at the popular fast foods.. I thought it’s because they had enough of their traditional’s the same with lebanese people which avoid lebanese restaurants. In fact, that’s the same for cooks. Since I am a cook.. when I eat out (extremly rarely) I rather prefer to go to a fast food than a restaurant because restaurants cook meals that I can also do at home.
Anyway, that’s why I’m pretty surprised that you actually eat in asian restaurants :D

GTA 5 January 24, 2011 at 6:34 am

OMG!! I miss that food so bad!! can’t wait to taste it now :)

Make Money Online With Mike! January 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Looks like a fun time!

nintendo 3ds January 25, 2011 at 2:53 am

I bet Eleanor Chin must have got a lot to learn form you guys! Lucky person. So what insider tips did you guys give her? #justasking :)

Ben January 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

I like the food on the first photo. Is that braised beef with noodle soup? I missed Chinese food. Friend dumplings and Yang Chou friend rice are some of my favourites. :)

Neon SRT4 February 2, 2011 at 7:27 am

The Person is wearing studio press shirt. Is he studio press website owner?

Make Money Online February 9, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Quite expensive but it must have been worth it. You need to always eat well to enjoy life I guess. :)

Liberty Reserve February 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

See, he is earning enough money, then why do you think, he wont eat much. He is the luckiest Person to Eat Lot of Food.