January 23, 2004

Chinese New Year, Take 2

POST #    718

The seafood display. We didn't specifically eat these, but we could have.

Nice outfit!

The anatomy of a funny story with Rachelle telling Jeannette.

As if eating dinner on New Year's Eve with my family wasn't enough, last night (New Year's Day), I went out to dinner again. I met up with Jeannette, Michael, Rachelle, Sarah, Vivian, Yim, and Yvan to eat dinner at Oriental Garden Restaurant. The sad part about it was that between Vivian, Yvan and I, we couldn't really communicate with the restaurant staff that well. Thankfully, Yim showed up. It's just not the same when you don't have your parents around. We had a few more dishes than I had the night before, but we also had 8 people. We had shrimp, seafood soup, a mixed seafood plater, fish, lobster, sauteed clams and mussels (both with shells), sauteed oysters, seafood fried rice, noodles, veggies, and oranges. We also had three bottles of sake (yeah, in a Chinese restaurant) and some beer.

After dinner, we went to La Bella Ferrara, which was good, but over the top after all the food I ate. While there though, Rachelle shared a great story with everyone. Jeannette even started crying. I'm not at liberty to share the story with you, but if you want to guess, feel free.

- Rachelle on last night: "Get in my Belly!"

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:10 AM



those little kids were SO cute!

Posted by: rachelleb at January 23, 2004 8:13 AM

and, i dont know if I shared the story with everyone.. as you can see from my hand by my mouth, I was too embarassed and was whispering it to Jeannette. then at the end Jeannette told everyone!

Posted by: rachelleb at January 23, 2004 8:15 AM

and quite a story it was!!

Posted by: tien at January 23, 2004 9:23 AM

whew! those photos are great. i remember exhausting myself with all the laughing i did. thanks for the funny story, rachelle! ;)

i'm still a little steamed at the way the restaurant kind of pulled the wool over our eyes, and i'm thinking of calling the owner to talk to him.

for those who don't know, the waiters originally told us the lower-priced prix fixe menu wasn't available. we'd have to order from the $300+ prix fixe menu. we spoke to the owner to get the lower-priced prix fixe menu, and he never mentioned anything about it being unavailable.

then, the owner said he'd increase the servings for us since the menu served 6-8ppl, but never told us he would charge us more, or by how much.

although the food was good, i'm not keen on sketchy business practices.

Posted by: jeannette at January 23, 2004 1:33 PM

ahh jeannette, the champion of the consumer. i think you should do a consumer website! you're like the troubleshooter. i'm not sure i'll want a kitchen tour of the chinese restaurant though. for some reason, i'm fairly convinced that jacques keeps it much cleaner than anywhere in chinatown.

Posted by: tien at January 23, 2004 2:43 PM

i was just happy we didnt hear any critters running around in the ceiling.. i get skeeved at basement chinatown seating now.

Posted by: rachelleb at January 23, 2004 5:15 PM

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