As promised, here is the second installment of our little tale, Miss XaXa Pays a Call in Cali.
After a leisurely drive through the almond orchards of California's Central Valley in the conveyance hired from Avis Rent-A-Barouche, Miss XaXa arrived in the hamlet of Oakdale, and thence to Ms. Josette Eber's restaurant, Feed the People! (Previously, we were remiss, as was Bravo, in not including the "!" in the restaurant's name. It's like writing "Oliver" or "Star" or "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down"--it's just not the same. As Mia has it, the name of the restaurant isn't just a statement; it's an exhortation.)
Miss XaXa found Mia to be warm and friendly and welcoming (drat!). Mama Mia was a bit of a different story; no "Maman with a gleaming gloat" was she. But, as Miss XaXa put it, "If a grinning white girl with a camera and a hankering for 'cue came in off the street asking to take my daughter's picture, I might be a little wary, too." Consequently, Miss XaXa, ever the lady, refrained from asking Mia to do a little Patsy Cline duet with her.
Mia graciously consented to have her picture taken (Mama Mia ended up doing the honors), and offered to pose in front of her grandparents' portrait (a bit of which is visible to Mia's right). She also autographed a menu for us, and Miss XaXa left with a tri-tip dinner, pictures, description, and review of which will follow shortly. (Yes, yes, you'd better believe we're gonna milk this for all it's worth, so go ahead and harrumph.)