Sunday, February 14, 2010
Chinese New Year | V Day
Yes. Today is big. Not only is it the day when the truest expressions of love are circulated, but it is also the Chinese New Year. It was a really difficult choice, but we decided to celebrate both. No, it is not true. We were sentient of both holidays only when we got off the subway at Grand Street to find flocks and flocks of people - mobs really, an unbelievable volume of confetti, Chinese New Year Dragons dancing everywhere and a strange incorporation of heart balloons throughout.
We were in the neighborhood to brunch. How very serendipitous. How many Chinese New Years/Valentine's Days do you find yourself invited to brunch at a friend's who happens to live smack in the middle of Chinatown?
The brunch was themed: citrus.
Bowled. (In a certain 'Ottoman' bowl that holds a special spot in my heart...for which I waited many hours while Chris deliberated in an Istanbul market. Good choice in the end, even if its provenance remains a bit cloudy).
Recipe as follows (in Chris' words): 1. Use a clementine - its peel is thin and removes easily in one piece. 2. Cut along the equator. 3. Remove sections without wetting the wick. 4. Cut a hole out of the top. 5. Use safflower oil. 6. Put on a plate with a wide rim because the 'candle' will combust at some point.
Expressions of love.
Here is to confetti canons that never explode and to amorous Valentine's Days.