Celebrated Chinese New Year with Rob, Ross and Virginia by going out for Dim Sum.
We put some coins in a small red envelope for the lion who danced by our table to the sound of loud drums and gongs and clanging cymbals. Rob was going to put it between his teeth and have the lion take it but then thought it might not be the proper way to invite prosperity... although it just might scare away the evil spirits.
This is the Year of the Ox which is my Chinese Zodiac sign and also happens to be Obama's. So hopefully this will be an auspicious year for us all....
The tasty little dishes kept coming and the wine kept flowing.
Dim Sum is definitely a food to eat with your eyes... you see it on the cart and if it looks appealing, grab the basket (oh - sorry, politely grab the waiter's attention and then get him or her to place it on the table).
Some things we let drift on by. You can just tell it probably won't sit well on the Western palate. Chicken feet, for instance. Maybe they are delicious but they don't look appealing, in fact they look like a lot of work for very little reward.
Other plates look great, like the bright green seaweed.
My personal favourites include the panfried pork dumplings with coriander, sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves, deep-fried coconut shrimp, baby bok choy & those warm pork buns.
I'm sure it is all remarkably healthy, especially when served with copious amounts of Pinot Grigio.
We ended the meal with lovely toasts and the promise to see more of each other in the year ahead. (Facebook doesn't really count!)