will agree that I don’t have a “warm and fuzzy” personality. And that extends to the Christmas season. Especially to Christmas movies. I am no fan of It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. And White Christmas' thin plot line is cluttered with way too much singing and dancing. But, perhaps because of my Midwest upbringing, I will admit that I am a sucker for A Christmas Story.
Did you realize that this is the movie’s fiftieth anniversary and it was only a modest hit upon its release. Now, of course, you can watch for twenty-four hours straight beginning Christmas Eve and extending into Christmas Day. And what memorable lines. Ralphie describing The Old Man’s leg lamp as “the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.” The Old Man saying “Fragile... Must be Italian.” I don’t know about you, but I never see the word “fragile” without pronouncing it as “fra-gee-lee”. And then there is the closing scene with Ralphie and his family sitting in the Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day and being caroled by the Chinese waiters with “Deck the harrs with boughs of horry; fa ra ra, ra ra ra, ra ra ra.” Not politically correct to be sure, but I still find it humorous.
So when Chuck’s cousin Raina suggested that she, her husband Jesse, her mother (and Chuck’s aunt) Evie, and Chuck and I go out for dinner Christmas afternoon, where else could we choose to go than to a Chinese fusion restaurant? So we met at Tottie’s Asian Fusion #1.
“She came to the U.S. from Laos in 1979 and got her first job at a McDonald’s. She earned an associate’s degree, worked as an engineering assistant at Motorola for 15 years, moonlighted as a bartender, and server at Asian restaurants throughout the Valley.
“Her first restaurant, which opened in 2003 at Thomas and Hayden roads in Scottsdale, was originally named Shanghai Palace. She renamed it Tottie’s Asian Fusion in 2007 to better reflect the Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese menu (it also features a sushi bar). Kaya herself is of Chinese, Thai and Laotian heritage” (Geri Koeppel at phoenixmag.com).
“From the outside, this restaurant seems like it might be rather small, possibly outdated in décor. But once you enter, it's quite a large space, elegantly decorated, and seemed to be set up in a feng shui manner as well…” (Darci Juris at examiner.com).
“The dining room says upscale Asian with red, black and earth tones
Then the entrées began to arrive. First came Tottie’s Pan Fried Noodles—egg noodles pan fried until crispy and then smothered with shrimp, chicken, beef, broccoli, mushrooms, and snow peas in a rich brown sauce.
And with all of this came a bowl of plain steamed rice and another of fried rice.
While I will only give Tottie’s 4.0 Addies for the food, we were certainly in 5.0 Addie company.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.