Let me preface this by saying that I’m in no way a “food snob.” There is nothing in the world I enjoy more than a local hole-in-the-wall restaurant of quality, but I have to comment on Lora Arduser’s take on AmerAsia in Covington (“Asian Haven,” issue of April 29). My husband and I were pumped about giving this restaurant a try and found the opportunity to do so last Monday when one of our local faves, Riverside Korean (directly across the street), was closed.
To quote When Harry Met Sally, “I’ll have what she’s having.” At least what Arduser smoked before she got there, because the food we ordered in no way resembled her glowing description of authentic Chinese yumminess. In fact, it was undoubtedly the worst Chinese food I’ve ever eaten.
For example, the “fried rice” was not fried and did not resemble anything remotely akin to fried rice. It was something that might have been taken from an Uncle Ben’s microwave pack, but I wouldn’t want to insult that company. I kid you not, it was simply bizarre.
I ordered Szechwan chicken and it came out breaded, gristly and coated in orange sauce with nary a veggie or pepper in sight.
It didn’t help our dining experience that the fish tanks and floors were equally in need of a good cleaning (what makeover?) and our egg rolls were accompanied by a condiment tray snatched from another diner’s clutches and plopped on our table complete with the spoons he’d already used in the mustard and sweet sauces.
I could go on, but to sum it up I really think your food critic needs her head examined — or, better yet, her stomach — after recommending this far-below-average takeout joint. If this chef trained under the cook for the last Emperor of China, I can see why they went Communist. — Angela Poynter firstname.lastname@example.org
I almost didn’t finish Larry Gross’ Living Out Loud column “Didn’t Jesus Love Lambs?” (issue of April 22) because I didn’t feel like reading another one of his rants on religion, but he redeemed himself at the end. He said Jesus was a man you’d want to hang out with and that he’s a good role model. At least Gross sees this, so he’s probably not a bad person — just misguided.
Liking Jesus is a start. Until he can accept Christ into his life, all I can do is pray for him. — Harold Lowman, Erlanger
I found Joe Wessels’ column on I-74 interesting (“Extending I-74 Doesn’t Build Anything,” issue of April 15). I agree with his conclusion that rail, not more highway lanes, is the solution to growing gridlock.
I won’t see any I-74 in the Eastern Corridor in my lifetime. When I look at the lead times for the Brent Spence Bridge relief project, even with unanimity within the community about the “need,” I can’t begin to imagine the planning delays that will result if the I-74 Eastern Corridor ever gets rekindled. The Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway comes to mind — that took about 25 years! — Joe Warkany, Columbia-Tusculum