Year Of The Snake

新年快乐! Happy Chinese New Year!
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As of today, it is officially the year of the black snake!

Chinese New Year has always been one of my favorite holidays, it’s so much more festive than the Western world’s usual customs. There’s many little traditions we do such as washing your hair and cleaning the whole house on Saturday to wearing red for good luck. The one tradition that seems to be everyone’s favorite is red envelopes called lai see (利是)! Married people give red envelopes with money inside to the younger generations after being told “Gung Hai Fat Choy” (恭禧发财). When I was younger, I use to collect around 20-30 red envelopes; now, I’m lucky to get a few.

About.com has a pretty accurate and extensive list of all the CNY activities. In these days, it’s rare that a family will follow all of the rules.

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Since most of my family doesn’t live in San Francisco anymore, Chi and I decided to celebrate non traditionally at Beretta on Valencia Street. This place is one of my favorites and one I don’t mind repeating, even though my list of restaurants to try continue to be never ending.

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I’m usually very apprehensive of coming here on a Saturday because the wait for a table can be frustrating, but we really got lucky last night. We were seated the second we walked in! It was meant to be.

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Beretta is known for their inventive cocktails and modern thin crust pizzas. My boyfriend couldn’t resist a Nuestra Paloma (tequila, elderflower, cointreau, grapefruit and bitters).

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I wasn’t in a drinking mood so I stayed with water, although I did have a sip of his to try. It packed a pretty strong punch!

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Last time we came, they were sold out of the gnocchi (with porcini and smoked pancetta) so I was dead set on trying it. Who doesn’t love mushrooms and Italian bacon?

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Not us, we hardly left a speck! The appetizer left me more hungry for the pizza we were about to receive.

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Yum. Picking a pizza was challenging, considering how each one Beretta had sounded heaven sent. We decided on the prosciutto di parma, tomato, arugula and mozzarella. Tasty, however, I don’t think anything can beat the hot salami one we had last time. We will come back for it next time.

Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete without dessert. I normally don’t have a sweet tooth so this was a rare treat.

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Per the waitresses’ recommendation, we obliged with the panna gelato (+extra virgin olive oil and sea salt). It was…different. Not in a bad way considering we finished it, but a taste my palate isn’t use to.

Until next time, Beretta!

Are you familiar with Chinese New Year? What toppings would you put on your dream pizza?

3 thoughts on “Year Of The Snake

  1. Hi, I’m not familiar with Chinese New Year..but have heard of it and apparently a fun, festive occasion I hear.
    I like your site, just found you through “HTP”. I’m SO impressed you are aspiring to be an RD. I WISH I had did that, but I did 8 years of something else that I’m not fond of (go figure) , am now 31 (much older) and in debt…so 🙁 Anyway…
    Living with 7 people? Okay, so I may be moving in with a stranger soon…kind of nervous about it. I’m older at 31 and the house is 10 years old and a very tiny kitchen and the room has carpet and I’m total introvert and clean/germ freak 🙂 I HOPE to manage…but if YOU are managing, then surely I can do it right 🙂
    I’ll have to remember your situation every time I feel like complaining. Ha. The thing is that I’m a total homebody and loner…I guess in my “old” age 🙂 Oh well, ….I’ll see how things go.

    • Hey Jill! I honestly don’t think you are too old to follow your dreams! Since you already went to school for eight years, I’m sure you have some classes that will transfer over, making your time pass a little faster. Although I absolutely understand the lack of motivation for doing more school after you already did so much.

      Think about your living situation before you move! If there’s one thing to be picky about, it’s your own home. I know seven roommates sounds like a total disaster, but we live in a brand new three story house so there’s only 2-3 people on each floor making it not seem so hectic all the time. Plus, we’re all right around the same age and get along very well so that helps a lot. Let me know how things go, I’m interested!

      Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you reading my site and hope you continue you enjoy it 🙂

      T

  2. Hey, do you guys all share the same kitchen? Find that hard? I haven’t seen the place I’m moving to…other than pictures….kind of “stuck” . Oye…I need life advice truly 🙂 Send me email if you can or want …I’m in a life crisis and just…uncertain. Oye.

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