|Picture Menus are the Bomb!|
Our knowledge of the Chinese culture is growing. It's a hot topic on Cricket's Voice. Surely my observations resonate with gobs of personal opinions and generous pinches of generalizations, but a flock of you remain curious, so I will 'let it fly!'
I think some of the most interesting observations I've made revolve around the topic of Food and Meals. No surprise in a culture where eating is the center of socialization, family and business transactions.
Here are some of the conclusions that have surfaced through many China restaurant meals:
|Mrs. Pete & Me|
- No one will DIE of a dreadful disease if we share our food.
|GWJ2 - A little Nanjing Noodling|
- Dig in while it's hot.
|J & A in Beijing|
- Wait-staff only come when summoned.
- Special orders
A restaurant owner asked me once, "Why is it you Americans want everything 'special' or 'without this or that?' Can't you just order what's on the menu?"
I remained mute. But I wanted to defend the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave and launch into what it really means to be a US citizen and the privilege of choice and the cost of freedom, etc. Silence wasn't easy, friends.
|Quack and the Big Guy|
- Bring It, Baby
Greeter or two
Hostess to Seat You
Drink Menu and Food Menu person
Beverage Toter or two
Food Toter or two
& Back to the Order Taker
Each task is performed by someone in a uniform determined by their job and rank. I know this isn't that foreign in fine restaurant dining in the USA, but I'm talking about Pizza Hut, here.
- Are they open or what?
|Beijing Restaurant ~Hua's|
- Míngpiàn? - (Business Card?)
|My Favorite are filled with Shrimp|
"Where did you eat this weekend?"
Hào Chī - Good Eats!
It's official, we've hit a milestone.
We have lived in Nanjing, China for one entire year!
March 30, 2011
is our anniversary date of disembarking from Delta Flight #181 and planting wobbly sea-legs onto the China soil. We head into our second and third year of this adventurous assignment with more language skills and greater cultural understanding. We've made new friends yet accept the ever-fleeting reality that people 'move on.' Farewells and Best Wishes are just part of the plan.
We've 'paid it forward' by helping new ex-pats settle in and have relied on seasoned ex-pats, new friends and co-workers for so much. The love and support of family and friends back in the States has been immeasurable and humbling. And we are grateful to ALL of them.
The conviction to make these three years with FORD of Asia-Pacific three of the best years of our lives is coming true.
Cheers and Thanks for following me and the Big Guy during the First Year of our Journey.
And yes, in looking ahead we say in unison "Bring it, Baby!"
Thanks for Reading,
|Best Beijing Restaurant - Liu Home|