Paradise, California, that is.
One beautiful day, Chuck’s cousin Barbara picked us up at the RV park in Lodi and we headed north and west to the town of Paradise. The object of this trip? A visit with Chuck and Barb’s Aunt Martha and two of her sons, Steve and Neil.
We spent some time just talking while sitting in Martha’s living room and soon the conversation turned to lunch. Where should we go? Mexican or Chinese? We had just decided on Mexican when Martha told us that we could get a large round table at the Chinese restaurant and it would make for easier conversation. That sealed the deal. Happy Garden Authentic Chinese Cuisine it would be.
You will find today’s blog rather short of text. I wanted to be part of the conversation and that is hard to do when taking notes. But you will see from the photos that the restaurant is large and brightly colored with dark chairs and the tables covered with red cloths,
Martha, Chuck, and I started with cups of flavorful hot and sour soup. And then the plates began to arrive.
Chuck and I took the one containing the green beans and the spicy noodles back to Lodi with us and it fed us amply the following noon.
Way too soon we had to pile back into our cars but, before heading back to Lodi, we made a quick stop back at Martha’s for apple pie and ice cream. We really should have taken a photo!
Truly a 5.0 Addie visit.
As a footnote: I know that the Christmas season has officially begun. Last night I saw my first commercial for the Clapper. Are these sold any other time of the year? And for the redneck who has everything, you can buy Uncle Si and Willie Chias. Not familiar with Uncle Si and Willie? They are the stars of A & E’s Duck Dynasty. And am I the only one who thinks that K-Mart’s Jingle Bells commercial is really funny?
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.