Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Joyeaux Noel

Restaurant in Paris' Chinatown

Well, I'm off to France for two weeks to spend the holidays at my husband's family's country cottage and Brittany, and then spending five glorious days in the city of lights. Much of my activity in the country will focus on fire gazing, cheeze tasting and rummikub playing, as well as playing tour guide to my parents, who will have to adjust to the culture shock of being in the land of no Chinese people. But, there are some culinary intersections between the French and Chinese--for example, a love of duck, fruit sauces, sweet pastries and fresh seafood. I'm racking my brain to think of more.

And of course, I plan on visiting the Chinatown in Paris for the first time. Having never been there, I did some investigating on Chowhound to see if it's worth it to scope out a good Asian meal there, or if I shouldn't squander my limited meals and stick to the food the French do best--their own. I got a mixed bag, so I'll report back on whether one of the world's culinary capitals can do Asian dishes justice without sacrificing spice, freshness and flavor. Until then, joyeaux noel!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Holidays = Cute, stupid toys!

With the holidays afoot I've been making amigurumi and felted stuffed animals and ornaments at a feverish pace! If you're looking for some ideas too, check out this book, Plush You! It's full of absurd, sordid and goofy animals and unidentifiable objects that will delight everyone on your list (well everyone that counts)! Get it on Amazon.

And check out the drumsticks on the Plush You blog!