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.
I always love going to the Pen over Lunar New Year and this year did not disappoint. My family and some friends met up for afternoon tea today.
The Lobby Lounge was decorated with a few festive trees.
We had a choice of the regular afternoon tea menu and a Chinese-inspired tea menu, so we picked the latter. The Pen gave the kids this festive kiddie cocktail.
The Chinese tea included these savory treats:
And these desserts:
Here’s a close-up of the chocolate chicken:
We also had a couple baskets of two types of scones. It was so nice to spend a couple hours eating and catching up with dear friends. Next year we’re going to try to time our tea with the Pen’s lion dance to ring in the Year of Dog (my zodiac year!).
A happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster! Solidarity.
Last night I visited a lovely book group in one town over from mine. They not only decorated and served Chinese food for the Lunar New Year, but also presented me with this red envelope (complete with the year of the rooster symbol!) and a note.
The only thing is that I completely spaced out and forgot to bring the desserts I’d promised. I couldn’t believe it and had just been in Chinatown that morning.
It’s never too late to bring someone desserts, so I’ll make up for it next week! Still, it’s a lesson learned, as all mistakes are. Next time I need to make a reminder when I make a promise!