On a lark, we bought a Super Ball Lottery ticket at Publix. Not only did we not win, we did not have a single number!
Which brings me to my reason for writing: fortune cookies. Has anyone ever won the lottery using the lucky numbers you get on a fortune cookie? And, has anyone ever eaten a fortune cookie?
We had dinner last night at P.F. Chang, Number One Son's favorite restaurant (or is it Sushi Samba?). It might be considered "upscale" Asian, if not for the cheesy, plastic-wrapped fortune cookie tossed on the table at the end of the meal (or the clientele). I have had much better Asian food in dodgy family-owned joints. Overall, the quality at the hotel is much better. But, my wife liked it...
Service was indifferent, which spoiled the experience for me. I did not complain. Perhaps the attitude is fostered by the restaurant's popularity or by poor management skills. We asked for Chinese beer, and the waiter offered Kirin. When I explained that it was Japanese, he replied "Oh; yeah" and handed me a menu. The restaurant had Tsingtao on the menu, but had not bothered to train its staff. I'm sure that most customers do not know the difference. I ordered the brand, but did not attempt to make up for poor education and training.
Our first course arrived with the sweet & sour sauce for the crab won ton being dropped by the careless waiter, splattering across the table. The waiter did clean up the mess, but had to be reminded to replace sticky glasses of water. We were fortunate that none landed on our expensive clothes: we were the only patrons that had bothered to dress up for dinner. Main course pates of food were unceremoniously dumped onto the table. All tasted okay, but the place will not make my favorites list.
The only good fortune, not mentioned by the cookie, was that I turned right instead of left after leaving the restaurant. This took us a different route to the hotel and let us discovered a small gelato shop (Italian ice cream) that has the best we had enjoyed in years. If you are anywhere near Brickell, stop by Amore and try it. It's worth the trip.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.