Our first stop was Monterey Park, Los Angeles, which is called "Little Taipei" and is one big Chinatown full of Chinese from not just Taiwan, but also Hong Kong and
We attended a birthday celebration for some relatives, Chinese food of course, with traditional Chinese and Western features. Banquet food is much cheaper in USA, and we stuffed ourselves almost everyday in LA, and had more lobster in one week than in several years in Beijing! Over 45 people attended, so you can see what a big family it is, since there are even more than that not in the picture who are left behind in mainland China.
|Four generations under one roof and at one dinner!|
Newest family member Alex was a popular star, and he enjoys eating as much as we do.
Then we moved away from the big city to spend a few days in the country, a place called Iron Mountain....ever heard of it? People asked why were we going there, it is not on the usual tourist track, but we had good friends from Beijing who had been there 15 years. The air fare was surprisingly expensive since our destination was a small town, and you have to pay extra for meals and check in baggage. That's quite different to China!
Our friends had worked hard to realise their American dream by opening a Chinese restaurant, .....raise 2 kids, build their own house, own cars and even a boat, go fishing and golfing. If one buffet meals costs USD 7.95, you can imagine how meals they had to sell to have their present lifestyle. They took us out fishing, my first time, and I even caught some fish! The sky was so blue! I hope one day Beijing will be like that!
We had wanted to take our friends out, but there really were no restaurants doing good food in the whole town, just lots of fast food burgers and pizzas.
Next stop was New York, and it was either rainy or really hot there.
We Chinese like to eat well, preferably 3 cooked meals a day (and not fast food!), so we take a big interest in the local markets. This one in NYC had a huge variety of fruit and vegetables, all in such good, almost perfect condition. I hope for that price they really taste a lot better than what I usually buy in my local market.
Something I have not seen in China is the Gay Pride parade. It was really interesting to see so many people on 5th Avenue cheering the participants on their 3 hour parade. Even a state governor, police, international groups all showed support....I don't know how many years we have to wait for such a parade to happen in China.