The Foodie Duos: Lunar New Year Dinner Special

So sometime two weeks ago BB and CC celebrated Lunar/Chinese New Year in BK. CC was not in the mood for traveling that far therefore she suggested dining somewhere closer to home. She told BB that if by any chance GSH was packed or full, then she would consider finding a seafood place around Borough Park or Bensonhurst or Bath Beach.

Luckily, her favorite restaurant was quite empty.

Off they went to Grand Sichuan House (again) for dinner.

Since LNY fell on Monday and both parties had work/school related thing to do during that day so CC decided to celebrate it on Saturday. they ordered scrumptious selection of food — representing the land, the sea, and of course the plants 🙂

Both felt full afterwards and could not be happier 😀

Yours Truly 🙂

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Gong Xi Fa Cai 2015

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Lanterns at a shopping mall complex in Guangzhou, China. This photo was taken around March 2009 with my old Olympus Mju 1000 camera. I was on a field trip with my old school.

Away from your beloved family during this year’s Chinese/Lunar New Year?

Nope, you are not alone.

There were times when I was very spoiled that all I’m looking forward during CNY were the yummy delicious foods and snacks and the hong baos (red envelopes with money). Life felt so easy and I did not have to worry about what happen the next day and the day after.

Then I grew up. And relocated. Away from mom and pops and also my uncles, aunts, cousins, closed friends, friends, old teachers, et cetera. Before I settled in NYC, I had tasted living for couple of months in countries that only takes 1-2 hours flight from hometown. Never feel any homesick whatsoever.

Now that I moved to a city where you need at least 22 hours of flight (excluding transit), the feeling of homesick started to bother me especially when CNY hits on Jan/Feb. I have missed like 4 times of CNY celebration with my family and friends. I did not care much about the foods or snacks or the extra money. But i do care about spending time with family and specifically for just that day where i could actually meet with the relatives and share great conversations and stories. Yea it is pretty much equivalent with Thanksgiving here in the States.

Anyway, I am not trying to be sad or melancholy or what but I am writing this post simply because I realize that as I grow older, all those bonuses that I always get during CNY are not the main priority. What matters most is the idea of spending and celebrating the new year of the Goat with your beloved; especially parents and relatives and also friends. (and also in-laws and hubby if you are already married).

Love and embrace them while you can because you will never know what’s gonna happen to them the next day.

With that being said,

HAPPY CHINESE/LUNAR NEW YEAR! GONG XI FA CAI! XIN NIAN KUAI LE! May this year of the Goat brings us more luck, good health, and prosperity!

Yours Truly 🙂