Uncle Sal looked at his orange Carrotopia watch: 11:32. Sid was nothing if not a creature of habit. He liked to go to lunch at 11:30 to avoid the crowd that arrived at restaurants at noon.
"My treat, of course," Sid added.
"Sure thing. Where do you want to go?"
"You know I love that Somali restaurant. The chef there, what's her name? Anita Beer. My goodness! She's amazing."
"I'll never forget the first time I had sambusas at that place. It was like a little bit of heaven. The meat in there, I think it was goat, was incredible! Just seemed to melt in my mouth."
"And the ambola. Who would have ever guessed that something as simple as beans could be so delicious. But then when the food is prepared by the hands of a master like Anita, I suppose anything would taste really good."
Uncle Sal said, "We can go to that Somali place if you want. I agree it is really good. The only thing is that Anita doesn't work there anymore."
"No, there was a change of management at the place. The new manager brought in his own chef and let go the kitchen staff that had been working there."
Sid removed a cigar from the drawer of his desk. He circumcised the tip of it with his cutter and stuck it between his teeth. As he puffed to get the cigar going, he said, "They let Anita go. That's unthinkable. That was the best place in town. And because of her."
"On the plus side though, Anita found a new job at that Szechuan place across town. You thought that place was good before, you should try it now."
"Really? Anita's working at a Chinese place?"
"Yup. Beer's cooking at Chu's, Sid."
This episode featured:
Kevin "Paperback" Reiter as Uncle Sal
Tucker Shertz as Sid Greensleeve
Jellybean Merengue as the cigar cutter.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "No one laughs at a master of Quack Fu."