Hot pot

Today was hot pot day!

We rented a van and travelled to Chinatown for Chongqing hot pot.  It was wonderful-good.  We ordered it yin-yang style with spicy broth on one side and mild on the other.  Then we added the meats, seafood, veggies, and noodles we had ordered to the boiling broth.

Then we ate… and ate… and ate.

Until there was nothing left but these prawn shells.

And some happy diners.

It’s a wonderful meal on a cold rainy day.

In addition to the trip, BB enjoyed some more Christmas gifts.  Thanks Phoenix, and can anyone tell me why, after over two years of consecutive parenting we were stupid enough to let the child go to bed with a microphone??? 

Plus, we purchased many Chinese DVDs.  We got many big name movies – Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Kung Fu Panda (and yes, we are noodle folk), Mulan, The Incredibles, Pinocchio, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, Chicken Run, and Kermit’s True Story: Warts and All.  Plus, we got about 300 episodes of a cartoon that is currently popular in China according to our good friend who came along.  Fantastic!  Now, how to get BB to watch these babies?  She’s in that rigid stage of loving one show (Ni Hao Kai-Lan) and one of a few others on occasion.  She’s the same with her books – only wanting to read one of two or three.  I suspect this will taking hiding some of her videos making the Chinese ones the only ones available to her little, TV-loving heart.

I find it terribly sad that part of my plan to bring some Chinese back to BB is through TV.  It reminds me of young immigrants coming to the U.S. and learning English by watching junk TV.  It’s so impoverished, I know.  Yet, in addition to exposure to American culture and English language outside of TV, these people do learn English.  BB will have little Chinese language exposure, but we’ll give her what we can.


One Response

  1. OMG I so would have loved to enjoy that meal with you. It looks wonderful.

    HA Ha on the character obsession thing. All kids seem to have at least one obsession. It will be interesting to hear what she thinks when the faves get hidden.

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