Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. (Ecclesiastes 9:7)

Hope you all had a happy Valentine's Day! Our's was pretty uneventful, but we had another fun & funny time at a restaurant here (endeavoring to follow the words of the wise old preacher of Ecclesiastes, posted above)

We went out with a Swedish couple who are also new to Hong Kong, and we had a similar experience as we had had our first week here, with five different waiters & waitresses coming over to our table, only to have each in turn utterly confounded by our English. We tried to get cold water, not even ice water, we didn't expect that, just cold or even room temperature water to drink, but the closest we could come was hot water with lemon. Well, that did the job of quenching our thirst,too.

We ended up doing a pretty good job of ordering this time... carefully avoiding the options such as "fried baby pig feet", "pickled lettuce" and "oyster dish with strawberry" (I am not making this up) to get several pretty tasty dishes, including what we would call a "sweet & sour" shrimp dish (they called it something totally different) that was really scrumptious. The wait staff were incredibly kind to us, really trying to please us. Once again, we had additional help from some Chinese folks at a nearby table who were
English speakers.

We did not order dessert, as the last time Wayne had done that at a fish restaurant (when he was out with colleagues) he ended up with something like sweet whipped fish cream that was pretty terrible.

Meanwhile, back at home, my Mom turned 85 on Valentine's Day. Happy Birthday Mutti!

with love to all our faithful readers :)


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