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Saturday Evening Adventures

So, in yesterday’s mail, we got a menu from a new local restaurant – East Moon Asian Bistro. I looked over the menu and thought it looked damn good, so Kris and I decided that, since they deliver, we’d try them. I called to place an order, and was told that actually, they weren’t open yet and would be opening for business today.

We decided to try them out tonight instead. We knew it was their first night, and when we got there, we saw that the staff looked a bit frazzled. So, we expected a few roadbumps during dinner. We didn’t have anywhere to be, so we just relaxed and chatted while waiting for our food. Sadly, we did see a few other customers who were far less patient. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they didn’t know that this was actually the very first night they were open.

Anyway, I had chicken in crisp lettuce wraps as an appetizer, and OMG. I could have eaten bucketsful. The chicken filling was so yummy. Kris had the Thai spring rolls, which had HUGE shrimp in them. He said they were amazing. For dinner, I had a Vietnamese rice noodle bowl with chicken. There was a ton of chicken, simply but perfectly grilled, with noodles and veggies. Kris decided to try some sushi. He ordered the East Moon roll and some spicy yellowtail. The East Moon roll had tempura shrimp, lettuce, cucumber, scallion, celery, and jalapeno. He said it was absolutely the best sushi he’s ever had. I did snag a piece of the spicy yellowtail, and it was excellent.

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That’s the last two pieces of the yellowtail in the front, and the East Moon roll in the back. (Pardon the colors – the light wasn’t that bright and I didn’t use the flash because it was weird enough to be taking a picture of the sushi.)

Before we left, we flagged down the manager and waved him over to our table. Before we could say anything, he started to apologize, because it was their first night. We told him that we knew that, since I had called the day before, and that we understood there were some bumps, but that the food was wonderful and that we would be back. He looked so relieved and happy that we were actually NOT complaining that I made up my mind then and there – I’ve got a new purpose in life. I am going to be an anti-complainer. So many times, we are all quick to complain when something isn’t right, and yet most of us don’t bother to let anyone know when things are good. So, I’ve decided to change that in my life. When I get great service from a waiter or waitress, I’m going to tell the manager. When a store employee is helpful above and beyond their job duties, I’m going to tell the manager. There is so much negativity in the world, and I am going to make an effort to put a little extra positive energy out there.

On the way home, we stopped so that Kris could gas up, and since his car was covered in pine pollen he decided to run it through the car wash as well (Let’s not discuss the ridiculous rainstorm we are now experiencing…). What you don’t know is that Kris recently bought a used Jeep Cherokee, and this is the car we were driving. He’d noticed before that it leaked above the dash when it had been raining, but could never find where the leak was. We found out pretty damn fast exactly where it was.

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That would be the wad of napkins that were in his glove compartment, holding back the stream of water pouring in through the leak in the seal around his windshield. By the end of the wash, we had two wads, both just about soaked through. He’s on his computer right now, looking for someplace that can fix it on Monday.

So, that was my thrilling Saturday.  Anyone else have any adventures?  🙂

18 comments to Saturday Evening Adventures

  • What a great story! We have a similar place – Asian even – that just opened and they are wonderful. We’ve told them (and left it in the tip) how much we enjoy them. I like the, the anti-complainer.

    I really love that picture – I’m sorry about the leak though!

  • amy

    Yay for good karma (and great new restaurants). You’re right. Everyone bitches and nobody compliments these days.

  • Ummm…my excitement? I got to hold a baby and then give it back! LOL

    And being in the service industry, I want to send out a THANK YOU for attempting to be an anti-complainer. Those are few and far between, but it’s always so awesome to get compliments on a job well done. Another thing, for anybody reading, if the place you went to has a website, generally they have an area for customer comments. If you had a good experience, fill it out! It’s not there just for people to bitch that their soup wasn’t hot enough, lol. Those of us who make it our lifes work to serve people their food don’t get enough recognition for the job we do, and it’s awesome to hear that a customer appreciates us 🙂

    And Pam…sushi? ICK! But whatever floats your boat, I guess, ROFL. (Not a fish eater, teehee)

  • I really like the ani-complainer idea. It always scares me when somebody asks to speak to the supervisor and it’s usually to complain about somebody. I would prob hug you if you came up to me and said something good!

  • I too would like to thank you for becoming an anti-complainer. I once was helping a customer who, well, just didn’t want to be helped, she just wanted to complain. She just went on and on and I surprisingly kept my cool. She “snuck back” to “tell the manager about me” and yelled across the store that she just talked to the store manager and yadda, yadda, yadda. Anyway, the point of this was that there was another customer that had witnessed the entire thing and wanted to know the name of the manager so that she could tell him how great I actually handled the situation and that they lady was crazy. I seriously had to leave the floor for a bit ’cause someone was that nice to me at a moment I really needed it.

    {{{{HUGS}}}}}

  • Steve

    Long time ago (college actually) I was at Chi-Chi’s with my girlfreind. Our waitress was fine but the guy at the next table was not happy no matter what she did. I’m not sure why people expect 10 star gourmet food at places like that but he did. The poor girl looked like she was going to cry at one point. We left her a big tip, like 30%, and told the hostess on the way out to tell the waitress she did a really good job. I always hoped she got the message and appreciated it.

  • yum! Good for you!

  • Such a great idea! I actually took down the name of a flight attendant last Sunday because she overheard me saying I was hungry… and brought me a whole big bag with pretzels and cookies and was just so nice. So many people take the time to complain, but when somebody is extra nice or the food is really good or the service is excellent… how many take the time to call the manager and say how happy they are? Far fewer people. Thanks for making the world a happier place.

  • bezzie

    I erm, went grocery shopping. WOO!

    Hey on the plus side–that place was packed. HOw many newly opened places can claim that?

  • rebel

    Dude… I could go for some pan-asian quisine right now. That looks soooo good!

  • Where is the restaurant located?

  • MMMmmm… sushi…

    I always liked the anti-complainer attitude. I spent WAY too many years in food service to not follow that same pathway.

    And I sympathize with the windshield issue — my husband’s Dodge Ram did the same thing. Only it was brand-spankin’ new at the time. That scorched him, lemme tell ya.

  • That sushi look sooooo good. It’s been ages since I’ve had any. Must resolve that soon.

    Great attitude! Sadly, most people are more apt to complain than compliment, when the latter always makes the world a better place. 🙂

  • SarahJanet

    I always go out of my way to compliment servers and retail employees and such. I’m not afraid to complain when need be but I make an equal effort to compliment when it’s warranted. Up with optimism!

  • Wow, super-adventures! That place sounds awesome, I’ll have to get Alex and check it out 🙂 It’s a good idea to compliment service; I’ve never really gone that far but now I’m thinking I should do as you do.

    Sucks that the windshield leaks. Though I suppose that’s only appropriate for Serenity 😉 “Did something just fall off my ship???”

    Saturday adventures? National Portrait Gallery! It’s pretty sweet.

  • Gosh, how I miss good Asian food (read: Chinese). It’s just not the same here in Sweden. There are a few Chinese restaurants and lots of Thai places, but they are just not what I am used to eating. Maybe it’s the ingredients they can get here or are allowed to use that make the difference.

    Color me jealous!

  • That sushi looks beyond amazing. Good on you for being one of the ‘good’ peeps in this world. 😉

  • Cara

    I googled East Moon Asian Bistro and Maryland and came across your site. Good review! But what was even funnier is that you have a link on your site to one of my old roommates from college – she runs the fairieknits blog. Small world! – Cara