Working in the travel industry, I have an opportunity and obligation to see the world. Though most of my travels last only a day or two at a time, I manage to swig an espresso (or three) and get on with the party. Follow me as I shamelessly devour the foods of the land, (over)indulge in the local beer and wine, and discover new cities with old friends.
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Not only was it my first traditional Chinese wedding, it was my first
real Chinatown experience. I never really venture down to Chinatown, though I
fully intend on now making a habit of it. The Golden Unicorn on Broadway was
the venue for the reception. We arrived promptly at 6:30 with excitement and
anticipation. The food to come would be new and unfamiliar to me. First, I
tried raw clam. Surprisingly enough for a
new seafood eater like myself, it was pretty good. It had the texture of pickled ginger.
All the food is served family style on large platters in the center of each table. We were presented a
seafood platter with Dungeness crab legs, seaweed salad, fried fish, and
jellyfish! The jellyfish looked like thin squiggly glass noodles, and tasted salty with a crunch. Then I tried cooked scallops with seaweed and cabbage. Next up was shark fin
soup, a luxury dish symbolizing respect and honor that is served at special events. Although there is controversy about the welfare of sharks, this is a popular dish for the wealthy because of the rarity, flavor, texture, and meticulous preparation involved. We also tried quail, steamed fish, noodles, and a sweet rice dessert.
Shark Fin Soup
celebration, we launched confetti at the bridal party through long tube shaped
poppers. We drank Heineken and admired each outfit change that the newly weds
revealed. By the end of the night I had confetti in every crevice of my hair
and dress. But I can say I fully enjoyed the traditional cuisine, the hot pink
and purple venue décor, and all the festivities.