Have you ever been to one of those places where you can watch people make fresh pasta after you have ordered it? There is a new Chinese place in Midland, TX called Noodles that does exactly that, and it is fantastic. Noodles Midland is located in a strip mall at the corner of Midkiff and Andrews Highway, and we have been there twice now. It can get really crowded at peak hours, but it is still a great addition to the local scene. They serve dim sum and fresh pastas.
A little over a week ago, I wrote that Royal Caribbean was showing negative account balances in the “My Cruise Planner” section of their website in the amount of any additional purchases you had made for your cruise. Over the weekend, I reported that problem had still not been fixed. Today, I exchanged Twitter messages with Royal (having failed via phone or the passage of time to resolve the problem). The representative was perfectly polite and professional, but fundamentally failed to address the issue: The problem remains unresolved, nobody can explain how it happened, and nobody shows much urgency to fix it since it all looks OK on their end. Which is fine, until the error obviously manifesting itself at one point shows up somewhere else. Let’s look at the Twitter exchange with Royal:
A few days ago I wrote that Royal Caribbean was showing negative account balances. The problem was that the cost of drink packages, internet packages, and other additional purchases were showing as being money that RCCL owed the cruiser. The folks on the phone were showing everything as being OK. As of today, the same error is showing. However, when I exchanged messages about it on Twitter I was at least able to show a screen shot of what I am talking about. They are having their IT folks look at what the issue is, and I will let you know what they say as soon as they have an answer.
I have good news for fans of curry disappointed by the closure of the Indian restaurant formerly located at the Grand Texan hotel in Midland (or the closure of the Thai places, or the general lack of curry options). The chef from the Midland establishment has opened up Taste of India inside the Ramada at the intersection of JBS Parkway and Highway 80 in Odessa. I have eaten at this new Odessa Indian restaurant four times now, and while it isn’t my favorite curry house in the world, well, I have eaten there four times now. Taste of India is a great option to have in the area.
In March, I had the opportunity to dine at Prime Steakhouse in the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas. The upshot: The food was delicious and the service was excellent, but what really makes this restaurant worth the price you pay is if you have time to wait for a table outside. That is one of the prettiest spots in which I have ever dined.