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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.



Juiced.



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).



Candled.



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.

8 comments:

Chaoyi said...

Thanks for sending a little bit of Chinese New Year my way. Do you know I am Chinese - but didn't celebrate it this year.

I love the juicer, very old world looking. Also love the bowl.

Jill said...

A post full of eye candy! Lovely.

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine's Day Emilie. I love you.

D1Warbler said...

I hope there is an elevator in the building with the beautiful kelly green fire escape!

Anonymous said...

Aw EJO- A perfect record of a perfect day. I would have scrambled onto the fire escape with you had I known you were being courted by TWO dragons! I love that image so much.

youknowwho.

Anonymous said...

I also realize I should have been more specific in describing the candlemaking process:

1. Use a clementine - its peel is thin and removes easily in one piece.

2. Cut ONLY THROUGH THE PEEL along the equator.

3. Remove sections without wetting the "wick". Using a finger, delicately separate the skin from the flesh, taking care to neither rip the skin nor break the sections. The "wick" consists of the white core of the orange that runs through the center of the fruit. When the skin is loosened, separate and remove the sections a few at a time, careful to keep the wick intact.

4.tear the wick to separate the two hemispheres. Decide which hemisphere has the sturdier wick, and then tear so that side gets the most length.

4. Cut a hole out of the top. 5. Use safflower oil FILLING ALMOST TO THE BRIM OF THE LOWER HEMISPHERE, BUT NOT SATURATING THE TOP OF THE WICK. 6. Put on a plate with a wide rim because the 'candle' will combust at some point.

C

Emilie said...

hemispheres and equators, i'm in love with you chris.

Fashion and Trends said...

good job.. i like your picks

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Chante Tenoso said...

the orange candle looks like it would smell so goooood! Such a great idea!

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