TUTORIAL: How to Make Chinese New Year Red Envelopes (w/ free template)

Today, I am going to share a fun and simple tutorial on an upcoming holiday – Chinese New Year! In many Asian cultures, New Year’s is not always celebrated on January 1st, but on the ”new moon of the first month according to the lunar calendar.” In fact, some Korean friends in Cyprus invited us to celebrate Korean New Year’s based on the lunar calendar in 2013....more
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Chinese New Year Festivities in Shanghai

There was a towering gold horse, of course, with smoke streaming out his huge bedazzled nostrils (what the Hell, might as well add to the hazy polluted skies) as well as Snow White & the Dwarfs, Mary & Joseph, the Easter Bunny and many other sequined and totally unconnected characters all featured at Yu Yuan Gardens in an over-the-top Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Horse.  It didn’t make any sense whatsoever but it was quite the show that you just have to experience to believe...more

Chinese Almond Cookies To Prepare For Chinese New Year

I’ve actually wanted to make peanut cookies, because I personally savour the fragrance of peanuts more than that of almond. But! Surprise! Surprise! The lack of ground peanuts here, plus a reluctance on my part to grind the nuts myself with a pestle and mortar, has allowed us to enjoy 2 other types of lip-smacking cookies which we would otherwise not have thought of making. How I love life’s little surprises and the blessings in disguise....more

Chinese New Year-Have eel, will travel!

Walking by the hanging meat, fish and “who the hell knows what it is” on the sidewalk, Thom and I wondered why there seemed to be an increase in the endless bonanza of carcasses on parade.  ...more

Home-Made Bak Kwa

‘Bak’ = Meat (肉)+ ‘Kwa’ = Dried (干) So, ‘Bak Kwa’ = Dried (and sweet and barbequed) meat slices!...more

D.C.'s Chinese New Year

In my next life, I will love crowds. I will spend each New Year's Eve in New York City at Times Square and each Chinese New Year in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown....more
@Cindyhuber Cindy! I have been thinking so much about you since I heard the good news that you ...more

Why 2012 is a good year to have a baby

If you want to have a child who is innovative, enterprising, brave, passionate and successful, have a baby in 2012, according to ancient Chinese superstition.Why?  It’s the Year of the Dragon, a year that’s considered to be the most auspicious of animals in the Chinese 12-year zodiac cycle.The Los Angeles Times reports some hospitals and doctors are bracing for a spike in the birth rate this year. They’re already seeing an increase in the number of couples signing up for in vitro fertilization. http://lat.ms/yVBIUF...more

Chinglish Coinpurses

So before you think that I’m a completely culturally insensitive jerk and I just launch into my musings on food for the day, let me just clarify that I got the inspiration for the title of this post from the Broadway play named Chinglish.  I may say jerky things from time to time (ok...more
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