New Restaurant

Perhaps you remember that one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, The Red Door Restaurant, was demolished a year ago. It was sad to watch it get knocked down day by day.

I’d hoped that they’d build a new restaurant, a bigger one on that spot, but alas they didn’t. The neighborhood got a cheap love hotel instead.

Well, last week I was walking home and bumped into the woman who seemed to manage The Red Door. Through pantomime I got her to write down her new place’s address and phone number. I got someone in our Foreign Affairs office to find its location on the Internet. On Saturday I convinced three Australian teachers to give the place a try.

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I’d been told that the place was about a 20 minute walk and I only had a vague idea of where it was so I thought taking a taxi there wo uld be best. Good luck finding one. We waited by school and then by Di Kou Lu and after an hour were still waiting. (It’s always been hard to get a cab at dinner time.) We wound up walking. We zigzagged through the neighborhood right to the west of school, where parts are rather squalid. One friend kept asking whether I knew where I was going. She wasn’t used to the drab, old, concrete buildings in the little hutongs.

We eventually found the new restaurant, with the help of some Chinese people who lived in its neighborhood and had yet to try it.

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We got the famed feng wei qiezi, a dish I’d hoped was spicy chicken with bread pockets, a spicy tofu dish my friends like and broccoli with garlic. The chicken was the only disappointment. I hope I just ordered wrong. My favorite version had pieces of cut chicken without bones. This not only had lots of little bones to be careful of there were chicken feet in it too. Everything else was as good as I remembered.

The familiar employees weren’t on duty that night, but someone must have called the owners because the woman and her not-so-little-anymore girl came to say hello. I’m sure this was the first time foreigners had crossed the threshold of this out of the way eatery.

I had my camera, but forgot to use it till midway through the meal. I do have to go back and see whether I can get the ‘right’ chicken with bread pockets and a few other old favorites. The street is far, but they seem to have a few good restaurants that might be worth a walk.

Travel Theme: One Color

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Each week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?  invites bloggers to contemplate and post on a specific theme. This week’s theme is One Color, i.e. monochromatic. Some art teacher engraved the notion in my head to look carefully at colors and note the variations. I’ll try to put that aside this week.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

Jinan China, college campus

Jinan China, college campus (I’m not sure of his point)

If you have any interpretations of the quotation above, please share them in the comments box. I’d be most grateful to hear what people think.

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Other great photos:

A Look Back at 2013

A pretty good year, all told?

Best wishes for 2014, the Year of the Horse.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

Chicago, train 129

Regal robe, Shandong Provincial Museum

Regal robe, Shandong Provincial Museum

New Orleans Altar

New Orleans Altar

 

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To and Fro

Sunday night going and coming back from the flamenco concert, we witnessed some unusual scenes. Going there the car in front of our taxi stopped abruptly. A large man got out then the woman who was driving did. They were both screaming and then the man began to hit the woman. Soon a young boy, maybe 10 years old got out. He was crying and he tried to stop the man (his father?). It was just so shocking. I wanted to call the police, but was told they would do nothing. Domestic violence, which is what I assumed we witnessed is common here, as his post in Shards of China explains.

On the way home, on the same street where we saw the abuse, there was a car in flames. The flames were pretty high, maybe 7 feet high. The fire department was on hand and a lot of gapers were about. The taxi turned around as did other traffic. It’s a mystery what happened.

Lines

lines at museum

For a unit on art, I asked my students to visit a museum. Since whenever I’ve gone to the Shandong Provincial Museum, I’ve been able to saunter right in, I was astonished when a student sent me this photo. Today’s the last day to see European paintings and a self-portrait by da Vinci.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

The light is changing

The light is changing

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You can’t see it, but the interior’s changing, getting restored.

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Hopefully, we go to change

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Weekly Photo Challenge: 2012

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