While Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect traveled the cosmos to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Mr. Tess and I went down the street from our hotel to Cosmos Cafe & Pizzeria. We found nothing fundamentally wrong with the universe while enjoying a delicious Italian meal at an outdoor table, surrounded by Christmas lights, palm plants, and the parking lot. It was a pleasant place in the space-time continuum at the end of November.
Service was slow. And so the few things we ordered meant that we were there for at least an hour. And the dining room was still almost empty. So what was up with them not being willing to change our reservation? It was quite pricey or we might have gone back another day. The little food we had was good.
It’s wonderful to eat al fresco at this time of year! Usually, on the evening before Thanksgiving, I’d be wrestling a turkey into submission. Last night, we ate some very good Mexican food. Outside. Under fairy lights.
Some very crispy tortillas and sauces kept us from starving while we ordered. Excellent!
The fridge had plugara butter, a lime, and lots of salty left-overs from restaurant meals. The room also has a small microwave, two square plastic food containers, plastic silverware, paper plates and napkins, styrofoam cups… Try not to think about the last time I was in Florida and wanted to make a cheese sandwich in the microwave. The whole fourth floor was ringing with fire-alarms, smoke, and people peeking out their doors to see what the fuss was. I did run the mess under water and put it outside. Not a very promising list of cooking tools; just remember, “It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools!”
A visually impaired acquaintance uses a powerful monocular to “see” things he would not otherwise be able to: by putting together enlarged details in his mind, he can picture what things look like. My snapshots enable me to see a tern flying near the pier in Naples in a way that I was unable to while I watched him fly.
Mr. Tess wanted to take me to a nice restaurant when I arrived in Naples, Florida. The USS Nemo (3745 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, Phone: 239-261-6366) was recommended by a woman at the front desk at our hotel: an excellent choice—wonderful food, an unusual mix of fresh Florida seafood, Japanese, and Indian cuisine, and interesting submarine/undersea decor.