You would think that I'd been hiding out in a hole somewhere with Osama. A hole that would maybe allow me the news of our great pals of the Middle East, but none of the who-did-Lindsay-Lohan-hook-up-with-last-night flavor of news. Maybe my hole was a time warp that was stuck in 1957. I'm not sure. But the fact is, I had no idea that there was a new section of the Westfield Mall being built downtown. So imagine my surprise when Felix and I decided to go to a movie there last Friday:
"Felix, The Departed is not playing at the Metreon!"
"OMG!" (he didn't really say that...)
"Ok, where is it playing?"
"I don't know, something called the Century San Francisco Centre. I've never heard of it before, I don't think it exists, the Internet must have the wrong address."
"Haven't you heard of the new mall being built?"
Apparently not. I mean, I heard something about Bloomingdales and I definitely heard that 'wichcraft was coming to town in that area- but I guess I didn't know that it would be one big gluttonous multi-complex extravaganza of shopping and eating until you drop or a have a heart attack from spending so much money!
Walking through this new mall, I can't even explain my shock. It was probably similar to when Columbus discovered America (10 points for my holiday appropriate reference? Ok, maybe not.) And the sensory overload only got worse when we arrived at the food court and saw this:
This mall is feeding half of San Francisco!
So after I got over my shell shock, we took a lap and inspected all that this food court had to offer, such as:
Ham! Lots of ham. There is actually a whole grocery store on the bottom floor of this sucker. After our lap around the food court which was equivalent to around two miles, we realized that we were hungry, and our movie was going to start pretty soon. Time to choose. Ini, mini, miny, co(riander):
There was a long line here (so Felix liked it because it was popular) and they offered a dish and rice for $6.95- it actually seemed pretty pricey for somewhere you stand in line with a tray and point to the dish you want, but I guess this is supposed to be the 'gourmet' food court (umm...oxymoron?) so we'll give it a whirl. I chose the yellow chicken curry and some plain jasmine rice:
It was actually very good, and I thought I got what I paid for. The spice was right, it wasn't too salty, the chicken pieces didn't seem like gross leftovers and everything was cooked to satisfaction. What more could you want for a dinner of $6.95?
And then the movie. You should all see The Departed. Excellent acting. Excellent funny, sexist, racist, homophobic script. But you'll love it. Really. Wait...is that the sound of Oscars being nominated?
Speaking of, this mall should probably be nominated for an Oscar as well. Or nominated for something...
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