Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fortune Cookie #3 - New Experiences Aren't Always Good

I can definitely tell that summer is here. I sat down to post a blog and realized it has been six days since my last post. My life is much busier in the summer time. I will have to work harder to make sure I keep the posts coming.

In my previous post, my van had broken down in Elkville while out with Red of Doesn't Speak Klingon. It sat in a mechanic's parking lot until Monday morning and was ready to be picked up by that afternoon. Adam of The Train's Whistle gave my daughter and myself a ride back to my vehicle. All is well with the van now.

Since we had to retrieve the van from an area that is near larger cities than where we live, my daughter wanted to take this opportunity to go shopping.

I HATE SHOPPING!!!

I can do it for about half an hour. I might even last an hour on a good day, but then my mind starts to turn toward violent thoughts and I want some ice cream.

However, I did not resist this time. Kirsten was leaving on a mission trip in a few days to Puerto Rico and still needed a few things, so I gritted by teeth and we headed for the mall. Kirsten knows how much I hate this activity and typically encourage her to make these trips with her mother, but this was a unique situation that landed me in the middle of it. She worked quickly to find the items she needed and finished in less than 20 minutes with visits to only two stores. She's such a good girl.

With our shopping done and a long drive ahead of us, we decided to find a place to eat. I suggested we find a buffet and Kirsten hungrily agreed. Within a few blocks, we hit the jackpot.

A SUPER BUFFET!!!

I had never been to a super buffet! Would the food have extra taste? Would the portions be bigger? Would we be waited on by ninjas and samurais? Would consuming the food increase my abilities in martial arts? Who knows. We had to go there and experience this.

It looked normal on the inside. It seemed to have a little more variety than most regular buffets. They had fried squid; not just the small calamari rings, but the entire tentacle. I couldn't wait to dive in. I filled my first plate and started eating. Despite the large variety, the food was bland. Everything tasted the same. No flavor. I tried different sauces and spices and just couldn't fix it. I was very disappointed. Add this disappointment to the fact that we never saw our waitress again meaning our drinks were empty most of the time and I was not impressed.

Kirsten picked through her food and made the same complaint. She didn't like the place either. At ten dollars a plate, we still ate, but were sure we would not be recommending this place to anyone else. We asked for our check and it was brought with the standard fortune cookies. My 'fortune' said this:


This could not be further from the truth. I do NOT like competing, watching or even acknowledging most sports. I even wrote about my disdain for sports. Not only was my 'fortune' cookie way off base, it wasn't even a fortune. It just made a generalized statement that may or may not be true depending on the person who gets it. What is going on in China? Are they even trying any more? And what is with the 'have a nice day' smiley faces? It doesn't exactly have a Chinese feel to it. I was tempted to walk in the kitchen to see if it was staffed by a bunch of Mexican migrant workers.

I should have known better. When it comes to the Chinese buffet, I need to stick with CHINA BUFFET #6 in my hometown. The food is excellent. The staff is always available and very friendly AND The fortunes are much better. Here is the last one I received from #6.


While this may technically not be a fortune, it is a sound piece of advice. Plus, anyone who spends time with me will quickly learn that this is a motto that I can get behind and tend to live by. I love a good adventure and look to have one every day. I thought I was embarking on a culinary adventure when I entered the doors of the so-called 'super buffet', but am ashamed to admit that I was duped by the false claims on their sign.

#6, you have made an already loyal customer even more devoted. Save me a seat.

34 comments:

  1. When it comes to Chinese food I REALLY miss living in Tennessee! In Clarksville alone there were 8 places you could have Chinese food. 1/2 of them were buffets. And there was one a few minutes from our house in Oak Grove, KY that was very good as well. If you are ever in that neck of the woods, China King Buffet in Clarksville is phenomenal!

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    1. I would love to try it. There was one on San Juan that was great, but I don't know that I could even find it again.

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  2. Dude - you had me at "ninjas and samurais"! I became fiercely loyal to Hing Wang in Lewes Delaware when I lived out there. I don't have a new place.

    I'll agree with you about shopping: a sometimes necessary evil.

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    1. Someone needs to open a ninja themed restaurant. They wouldn't even have to serve food. I would go.

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    2. Yeah, but you'll never be able to find the waiters.

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  3. Alwaus a great post when you talk aboit food...we are going to have a great day with the wedding today preach!!!!

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    1. I am looking forward to it. My house is empty for the next week. She's only been gone 3 hours and I am already growing bored.

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  4. Super-anythings never live up to the hype. I don't think their marketing people ever got the memo on under-promise, over-perform. Glad you have a good Chinese restaurant nearby. That was always my first order of business every time I moved: locate good Chinese.

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    1. I do the same. I might only visit once a month, but I want to know where it is when I do want it.

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  5. There are two good places here, neither one a 'super buffet'. One is a regular buffet. The other is a buffet that has a crappy selection but the food is great when ordered in.

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    1. As long as it's good. There was a small place where I went to college that had the best soup. It wasn't good for going in and sitting down, but I ordered that soup at least once a week.

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  6. Its so annoying to go to a buffet and get crappy food. Then you feel like you have to eat your money's worth. Then you feel so sad about your life as you leave having stuffed yourself with god knows how many calories that didn't even taste good. Food coma of shame.

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    1. "Food coma of shame". I LOVE that. That's how I feel about a lot of buffets.

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    2. I think too many of us do. Buffets are why I have a gym membership.

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  7. I hate those fortune cookies! I once got one that said "today is a beautiful day" and it was raining.

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    1. I was with a girl who got one that said YOU ARE PRETTY.

      Not a fortune.

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  8. I took advice from Billy Connolly about going shopping:

    "After an hour you start wishing for death, so I spend my time unfolding shirts to annoy the people who work there"

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  9. There's nothing more depressing than a disappointing "all you can eat" buffet. It just rubs it in that you can have as much as you want ... but you aren't going to want much!

    You have my condolences only the buffet tragedy.

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    1. Thank you. After that kind of money, you have to it it anyway.

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  10. I'm also not big on shopping. I don't need any more pairs of shoes than I currently have.

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    1. I have three pair. I am prepared for ANY occasion.

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    2. I have sneakers, black work shoes, flip-flops and two pairs of canvas shoes and that's already too much.

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  11. Men! You are just no good at shopping, and there is no hope for you either!

    I have converted even the most averse girl, but for the boys, UGH.

    JUST UGH!

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  12. I also hate shopping. HATE. I think they might take away my girl card.

    And you can never go wrong with good ole #6. And now I'm craving chinese food. Or maybe it's competitive sports. It feels the same.

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    1. I just can't get into wandering around stores looking at stuff. Doesn't work for me. Happy to grab my stuff and leave.

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  13. I've been to two Super Buffets in my life. One was disappointing, and the other overpriced. I suppose that because the food was great, I should have expected to pay more, but not $26 a person. When I complained, they pointed at the sign with the prices at the entrance.

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    1. I don't know if any food is worth $26 a person. That's nuts. This wasn't near that cost, but was just bad.

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  14. Wow, your daughter made it through two stores in 20 minutes? That's impressive!

    And that, by the way, has got to be the lamest 'fortune' I've ever read.

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    1. Thank you. The restaurant should demand their money back from the company that makes those cookies.

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  15. I want to get a fortune cookie that says:

    "You will pay small fortune for your meal"

    We have ONE Chinese restaurant here and people love it. It is SO disgusting. It is exactly like the Super Buffet. I love my California Chinese so much. It has ambiance, quality food, even veggie options. Last time I ate there, I ordered so much food (since I don't usually get it) the waiter and the chef laughed at us. And we had to take a 2 hour nap after being such horrible gluttons.

    :)

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    1. Adam says he doesn't want to accompany me there anymore for the same reason. He likes it, but is miserable for the next few hours.

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