Is what I would call my outing last Tuesday at Golden Corral (located on Northern Ave., near 56th St. in the Walmart strip mall). It's a buffet place, specializing in grilled items, like STEAK. Hmmm. Guavajavalava might like the place. My yi yi recommended it because she, of course, likes eating the steak there. My mom and she both liked the clam chowder. If there were a location in CA it would probably be popular with the Asians. Anyways, I had about 3 pieces of steak (or was it four), and was very much a glutton that night. Eh... that's the problem with buffets. They don't really serve any useful purpose except to tempt people to be gluttons. Sure, it's possible to go there and eat in moderation, but then one thinks one is not getting his money's worth. Eh... I am still tempted to go there next time I'm in Phoenix.
It was good to see most of the relatives there; Uncle Nacho and Aunt Mercy didn't go because of a golfing 'incident.' It's too bad more of the kids didn't show up. I only saw Daniel once, and didn't get a chance to see Kale.*
I didn't try any of the filet; just the strip steak(?). The fried chicken was ok, but it wasn't KFC. The dessert selection looked good... red velvet cake... mmmm... all of this for just $10 for dinner. Not bad. (Soft drinks, etc. are extra though.) It is a better deal than Hometown, etc. The service there was good--our busboy took dishes away and refilled drinks. We should have left a larger tip for him... next time. (Then again, there is the case to be made for temperance.)
On Wednesday we had lunch at Ming's Pagoda on 19th--my po po's favorite because it is so close to her home and also because the food there is rather good. It was just our family--AmorKCC and her fiance, the M.D., her husband and their daughter (kam bo lo), my father (who surprisingly came with us again this year--two years in a row--is this a new trend?), my mother and my po po. We ordered 2 sets from the special menu (4 dishes for $26.95?) and it was quite filling... I liked the baat jan dou fu and... what else... the fish filet was a bit soggy, but still ok. The other dishes were good, but not as good as Emperor Palace. (Of course!)
Thursday... my sisters were determined to find a new place to bring my po po. They found Best Hong Kong Dining (1116 S. Dobson in Mesa). The cha siu there was pretty good, good enough that po po asked my mom to get some for her. (AmorKCC ended up buying it, I think.) AmorKCC said the salt and spicy pork at Best Hong Kong Dining was better than even Emperor Palace! I don't know if I would agree with that, I'll have to go to Emperor Palace again... I do think the Best Hong Kong Dining pork was crispier and spicier though. They did have a room with some tables set apart from the main dining room, plus an additional folding screen dividing a side section off from the rest of the main dining room. I wonder if they can hold wedding receptions. Hahaha.
*Which reminds me... my cousin DW told Daniel about what happened when I was young with the popsicle stick. Apparently Daniel misunderstood and thought I died, and he told Nicole, who was concerned and called DW to find out more about it. How nice...