Well, not really, just that it is now the Year of the Rat according to the Mysterious Chinese Woman and about five billion others. It is supposedly a very fortuitous year, the rat being clever, industrious, and accumulative. It is also the first animal of the twelve animal cycle, so that also makes the rat a leader of sorts. He was the first guy at the party.
We headed to Chinatown last Saturday for a celebratory feast. We were going to go early to see the parade but the weather was so nasty that we decided to forgo that part. Here is the wintry scene that greeted us when we got out of the subway at City Hall in Manhattan.
Don't Shake The Snow Globe
There were still a few revelers in the street but they were kind of a sorry looking lot.
Wet And Cold
Our destination wasn't far though, a fairly small place right across from a police station.
It looked cheerful enough, but the greeter at the door was a bit crabby.
A Crabby Greeter
There was a more cheerful fellow inside though.
A Bit Heavy On The Rouge
Of course any Chinese feast is really all about the food.
Shrimp And Noodles
Lobster, Of Course
Shrimp And Rice
Steamed Sea Bass
There was more too, pork in a garlic sauce, chicken with Smithfield ham, some kind of green vegetable, dumplings, and who knows what else. I would have liked to have gotten pictures of everything but there were a lot of hungry people who were quick with their chopsticks.
After finishing all of this we headed up to Little Italy for desert. It was quite a day, lots to eat and lots of fun.
Tomorrow the Mysterious Chinese Woman and I are heading to Mexico where we will be spending the next six weeks. Be sure to stay tuned because there is always a lot of fun stuff to write about down there.