Tuesday, November 30, 2004

God bless us, every one!

The Christmas Season is truly upon us, people. And if the story I am about to tell you doesn't warm the cockles of your heart, then you're nothing but a Scrooge with a lump of coal in your chest.

There is a shopping plaza not far from our home that houses an Albertson's, Blockbuster, La Madeleine, and some other stores. We're there fairly often and have noticed that a new Chinese restaurant, Howard Wang's, was being built. After being stymied a few times, we gave it another try tonight and, huzzah!, success. Not only was Howard Wang's open, it was doing crackin' business for a Tuesday night in a relatively lameass part of town. After being asked if we had reservations (Uh, no. You're a Chinese joint in a strip mall.) we were seated and discovered an extensive menu featuring "Chinese" favorites like Singapore Rice Noodles, Pad Thai (!), and ... fried calamari??? Huh. Still, we were willing to give it a shot, so we made our selections and waited for our server.

And we waited, and we waited, and we waited.

Finally, a guy breezed by our table and then backpedaled to ask us if anyone's taken our order. Nope. So he took it, obviously having no idea what he was doing, asking what kind of rice we want with our noodles, trying to sell us on an appetizer 30 seconds after we ordered the lettuce wraps.

Eventually the waiter apologized profusely for sucking, and BK laughed and asked how long they've been open. Waiter dude replied that their grand opening is actually tomorrow. We must have looked confused cause he was kind enough to elaborate, telling us they've been open since Friday for practice, taking walk-ins.

And then the heavens opened up and the Little Baby Jesus, the Reason for the Season, graced us, Karo and BK, WITH A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE. Because, people, then the waiter said:

"Since we don't actually open until tomorrow and this is just practice, all the food is free."

I almost fell on my knees, OH hearing the angels' voices, oh niiiiiight diviiiiine.

So yeah, the lettuce wraps were a little dry, and the entrées were served with a 15-minute gap between them during which the hot tea and (saltless) edamame arrived, and calamari and a second serving of lettuce wraps which we did not order were placed on our table, and my kung pao tofu was lukewarm and had no scallions and huge, unfried pieces of unfirm tofu, BUT WE DIDN'T CARE. It was FREE!

A Christmas miracle. Right here in North Dallas.


Blogger Sarachkah said...

But did you see the Virgin of Guadaloupe's face in your Kung Pao?

December 1, 2004 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Karo said...

Sadly, no. Should have ordered the grilled cheese sandwich ...

December 1, 2004 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Fredman said...

Very nice blog. I'm going to add a link to yours from mine next time I update. Cheers from Canada.

December 1, 2004 at 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, food and sex are a lot a like. Sure you want it hot, on time and with as few stray hairs as possible. But when it's absolutely FREE it doesn't matter, for it's all good!

Or maybe that's just me.

-- mexikid

December 1, 2004 at 4:23 PM  

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