Today was really wet and really fun. Richard and Gregory took me to Oakland's Chinatown, where we had dim sum at Tin's Tea House. We were the only Asians in a very crowded dining room. The atmosphere was festive, as servers bustled through the crowd with wheeled carts carrying all kinds of goodies. Richard and Gregory ordered a variety of amazing, tasty dishes, some I recognized, and some i didn't. We had roasted eggplant, a green vegetable with a stalk that looked like tall broccoli, served in oyster sauce, dumplings , and a few other delightfully slimy tasty dishes. I tasted chicken feet, to prove i was not a finicky eater, but I had to pass on the rest, draping a steamed banana leaf over the claw.
After lunch, we sloshed around Chinatown, poking into markets. Richard is a chef, and the brothers were showing me all kinds of produce, meat, and dried soup ingredients i had never seen before, like dried oysters, scallops, and chicken legs.
For now, I am staying close to home, making a pot roast for everyone.
Greens I have never seen before
Lamps in my favorite second hand store in downtown Vallejo
next year's tree