Over the last few years, it seems I have spent more time at the Atlanta airport that anywhere else in the country (including my home). For at least the last year, the airport has been under going some major renovations. The latest being a massive upgrade to the dining choices. There are many more modern and appetizing choices now available, which is so important when you have long layovers or stranded due to “weather”. Tonight I experienced one such “weather” event on my way to Beckley, WV where I was delayed close to 3 hours. In the grand scheme of airport delays, 3 hours is nothing…but I digress. Anyway, I was stuck and it was dinner-time so I decided to partake in a rather scrumptious dinner at PF Chang’s.
It has always amazed me how many tables can be stuffed into airport restaurants. I walked in as a party of 1 and was seated almost right away at a tiny table that was sandwiched between two larger tables already occupied by diners enjoying their meals. I had to squeeze between my table and the one right next to me in order to sit. As I did so, I could feel my butt graze the plates on the table next to me. It was a good thing I was wearing black pants since there was no telling what type of sauce was now slathered on my back-side. It was interesting that they didn’t move their plates nor did they stop eating what was in them. I would have certainly lost my appetite.
One thing the airport restaurant designers did not consider is the space needed for luggage. Nearly every traveler has at least one rolling suitcase to put in the overhead bins and many people have two. So as I sit and wait for my dinner to be delivered the tables on both sides clear out and fill back up again. This time the patrons on both sides of me have their luggage nestled between our tables to keep from tripping the servers as they walk by. Commendable on one hand, but on the other it leaves me with no exit strategy. So instead of savoring my food into oblivion, I am contemplating which set of luggage on which side of the table that I am going to stumble over when I leave, or better yet, which set of dishes and sauces will further compliment my attire as I squeeze back through. Maybe luck with be on my side and one of the two tables will leave before I do.
My dinner choice on this night is my “go to” dish at PF Chang’s — Chang’s Spicy Chicken and Fried Rice. I absolutely love this dish though it is way off the rail in terms of carbs and calories. If my doctor or beachbody coach had a glance as my dinner choice tonight, I would have a lot of “splaining” to do. The food was as expected – absolutely delicious.
The best part of any Chinese meal, is always the fortune cookie. Years ago when I was in college, we had a tradition to add the words “in bed” to the end of any fortune cookie saying. With that in mind, tonight my fortune was….
“You will pass a big upcoming test…’in bed’.”
Sounds like I may have a promising week after all.