Today in Chinatown, I taught the seniors the English words for seafood, including abalone and scallops. They really enjoyed discussing which seafood they like best and which they don’t like much at all. Abalone was one of their favorites. I found some cans of squid, oysters, clams, and octopus, as well as a bag of shrimp chips I passed around for them to sample. Food is one of those subjects that everyone can relate to. I loved hearing all the excitement around seafood today.
It felt like a perfect summer day in Chicago today, even though it’s only mid-February and should be snowy and frigid. The warm weather will be around for a while and we’re certainly enjoying it.
This photo was taken a couple years ago in Chicago’s Chinatown. The building in the middle was torn down last year and yesterday the one on the right was demolished. Three Happiness and Cantonesia were the to-go restaurants in the early 1980. Although their heyday was over long ago, it’s still sad to lose these buildings.
The City of Chicago is going to expand Wentworth Street, which is why these buildings have been demolished. It will be strange to see an empty corner when I return to Chinatown next week.
It’s been one week into the Year of the Rooster and I thought I’d show the US postage stamps commemorating the Lunar New Year. In past years sometimes the animal is hardly visible on the US stamps, but this year the rooster is quite prominent. I love how the designer incorporated a lucky red envelope into the image. It not only shows the zodiac animal, but also an important part of Chinese New Year–laisee, or a red envelope filled with money.
These stamps are available at US Post Offices for a limited time.
Happy Year of the Rooster!