During the night we were awakened by the sound of heavy downpour. Fortunately, the Phoenix sky was clear and cumulus clouds announced the start of a beautiful day.
J.J. comes from a large extended family with over 30 first cousins, and one of them resides in Phoenix. Ricky invited us to meet him and his son, Vicktor, for lunch at Angry Crab Shack, one of two Cajun Seafood and BBQ restaurant under the same management.
When it comes to ordering food, J.J. usually takes the helm. Our order included fresh shrimp with garlic sauce, mussels prepared in curry sauce, fried calamari, fried oysters, sausages with red potato and fish and chips. Orders are brought to the table either in a plastic bag or in a plastic basket.
Diners are given a plastic apron to wear and you are supposed to use the butcher paper on the table as your plate and dig right in with your fingers. I appreciate the culture of eating with fingers but with apologies to our host, I asked for a fork and knife to enjoy the grilled mahi mahi steak served with a side of plain rice.
I must say that the service was very personal and superb and Shannon, our waitress was friendly and attentive.
J.K. also stopped by to inquire if we needed anything. When I asked him if he was the manager, he chuckled. Hence I decided that he "acts" like a manager.
We spent nearly 5 hours with Ricky. The conversation continued at his home after lunch. On our drive back to Mesa, we encountered a brief but heavy shower.
Finally as we approached our RV park, the sky was magical and a perfect way to end this wonderful day visiting a relative.
Aloha -- Cathi