Birthday train kept rollin’ yesterday with a celebration of Paw Paw Butch’s including a dinner at Gato.
We went looking for noodles and inadvertently ran into dragons instead. Well, they looked like dragons anyway, but once I looked it up, I found out they were lions. As part of the ongoing Chinese New Year celebrations, lion dance troupes perform in the streets of Chinatown. The colorful lions visit businesses and they are greeted with money offerings in red envelopes as a symbol of good luck in the upcoming year.
Henry was a bit frightened of the lions up close, but from the window of the restaurant, he found them intriguing. We had never been to the Nom Wah Tea Parlor, but it is a Chinatown staple and the dim sum really hit the spot since it is still pretty cold here.
We had lunch on New Year’s Day with Eamonn and Emily at Hop Lee in Chinatown. Henry had an opportunity to take some of the pics himself.
Henry had a Sunday playdate with Isla. We had a nice time strolling around the neighborhood and eating an early dinner at Hudson Eats. The two kids got along swell and Jessica and I couldn’t help but be proud of them.
Lunch at Seither’s Seafood in Harahan.
We attended the rehearsal dinner for our niece, Michelle’s wedding to Tyler Goff, for which Henry will be serving as ring bearer. He did really well at the rehearsal considering he did not have a real nap the whole day and we were expecting the worst. The rehearsal dinner was held at Emeril’s Delmonico and Henry held up with a great spirit until he just couldn’t keep his eyes open anymore. We are hoping for the best tomorrow for the big show.
Last night Henry encountered boiled crawfish on the menu for the first time. So far he finds them more hilarious than delicious. He enjoyed my demonstration of how to peel them and suck their heads but couldn’t bring himself to actually taste.
Dinner at Jaeger’s.