Views of the Neighborhood – Chinese New Year Dragons

Today we will participate in a Chinese New Year celebration with dragons. The dragon show is being performed by the Texas Dragon/Lion Dance team. We are being catered by the sponsoring Asian restaurant Sakura of Lakeway. Our entertainment is Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Menu

Creamy Vegetarian – Vegetable broth, fried tofu, wood ear mushroom, bamboo shoot, bok choy, sweet corn, and spring mix.

Rice Bowl – Served with choice of soup: miso, egg drop soup, or hot and sour soup, steamed rice, stir-fried broccoli, snow pea, cabbage, and carrot over steamed rice, pan-fried egg, teriyaki sauce, scallions, and sesame.

Twice Cooked Fish – Sauteed lightly fried fish fillet, snow pea, asparagus, green and red bell pepper, onion, and special spicy sauce. Served with steamed rice.

Mongolian Beef – Served with steamed rice.

General Tso’s Tofu – Served with steamed rice.

Kung Pao Chicken – Served with steamed rice.

High kick.
Heading toward the crowd.
The drum, gong, and cymbal players are to the left and center.
A dragon led by the cymbal player.
The dragon heads for the restaurant to join the other.
Well, that was the show. Time to listen to the music and enjoy the food. I hope you have a great week.

64 comments

  1. Looks like a fun celebration. It’s wonderful that Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world. Thanks for Puff the Magic Dragon. Always brings a tear. Nostalgia I guess or lost youth perhaps. I did get to see Peter, Paul and Mary perform this a few years back. They were much older but still did a good job of singing this timeless classic.

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    1. Paul went to my high school and the trio did a concert after I graduated and brought the house down. They were the best.

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      1. How cool is that. They were amazing. I loved all their songs.

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      2. Me too. 😊

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  2. I’ll take the shrimp to go and a spot on the curb to enjoy the parade. By the way, being a dragon looks like a good workout.

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    1. The tail person is forced to crab walk most of the time. 😊

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      1. Need to be in shape.

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  3. Hi John, the dragons look great, a wonderful show to watch.

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    1. It was fun, Robbie. 😁

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  4. Cool display. I’ve seen some really big new years dragons on tv. The head has to be tough to maneuver.

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    1. They have a definite routine. It looks random but is choreographed.

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  5. That looks like so much fun. The vibrant colors are gorgeous. Thanks for taking us along, John. Wishing you and the family a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday as well.

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  6. Thank you for taking us through the whole process of getting ready to be a dragon. It was a lot of fun!

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    1. It was interesting to me as well. 😁

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  7. “Puff, the magic dragon” is the perfect selection for this festive event. It looks like the participants are having a ball. 😊

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    1. They are very disciplined and never broke character. Fun event. 😁

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  8. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all. Thanks for sharing, John! 😊😊😊

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  9. Another fun event and there must have been some food sold along with it.

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    1. I’ll bet there was. Thanks, Craig.

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  10. Looks like a fun event. Were there fireworks? Menu looks delicious but it was missing my favorite, broccoli and beef. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I had to select items from ther menu. They do have broccoli and beef on their menu.

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  11. The colors of the dragons are so vibrant. What a lovely celebration. I am not a sushi fan, but I would enjoy some Kung Pao chicken!

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    1. Thanks, Maggie.

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  12. They’re celebrating my Chinese sign πŸ™‚ Looks like it was much fun. Thanks for lunch, it was absolutely delicious. And how can we not love “Puff”!

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    1. I know right. Good song. Thanks, Dale.

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    That looks like a lot of fun!

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  14. Mmm . . . more mango house rolls, please, and I’m loving the entertainment:). Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. Thanks for comng along, Kristine.

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  15. Fascinating to me that Chinese New Year is celebrated in your town, John. I do acknowledge it in my own way. Sometimes my butt is dragon, but a second cup of coffee will get me in gear. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha ha ha. Good one, Tim.

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  16. Love the colors of the dragons! Looks like a fun celebration — and the music has my toes tapping. Thanks, John!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Debbie.

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  17. I’d like the sautΓ©ed shrimp, but what do you feed a dragon? Looks like fun!

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    1. I have no idea what to feed it. 😁

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      1. Well, I hope someone does – you don’t want an angry dragon running around!

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      2. Good point. Let’s try egg rolls and see what happens.

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  18. I’ve often wondered if Puff the Magic Dragon was an oblique reference to partaking of some wacky backy.. I used to love it as a kid, but those were innocent times- at least for me

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    1. Yeah, I don’t think there is any evidence that it is. Green Tamborine is definitely in that genre.

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  19. I will enjoy the twice cooked fish while celebrating with those beautiful dragons – I was once in Chinatown in Boston for the Chinese New Year and the dragons made a lasting impression!

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    1. That must have been fun, Noelle. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Thanks for taking us behind the scenes for these dragons. Very colorful and planned. We don’t see much of that down here. There was a barefoot Mardi Gras on the beach recently and colorful from the photos I saw. Perfect music!

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    1. We used to love that barefoot Mardi Gras. I featured it on my blog many years ago. Thanks, Jo. Have a great week.

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  21. The dragons are absolutely beautiful! You must have had fun. Thanks for the great song and great memories. I used to play the ukulele, and that was a favorite.

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    1. I can almost hear you know. S’MORES anyone?

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      1. Yes! Haha.

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  22. Those dragons are so colorful! Looks like a fun day.

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  23. It looked like it was fun! I love the dragon dances.

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    1. It was fun. Thank you, Deborah.

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  24. This looks like so much fun, John! Thank you for taking us along with you!

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Mar.

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  25. Oh, you were killing me with that menu, John. I love that kind of food. πŸ˜‰ But I’ll forgive you for all these great photos and such a fun view of the neighborhood. Coincidently, I had dragons on my mind for something coming up. Hugs.

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    1. I’m glad you could enjoy the virtual menu, Teagan. Thanmks for the visit and fun comment. 😁

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  26. Oh, what a wonderful Chinese surprise, dear John! The dance should have been impressive. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :-)Thanks God Twiggy does not know …yet that dragons exist. 😁😁😁🍀🍀🍀🍻

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    1. She is totally unaware of dragons. Thanks, Maria.

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      1. 😊😊😊🍀🍀🍀🍻

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  27. Puff The Magic Dragon is a very appropriate musical accompaniment, John. And in other news, I now have a big time craving for Chinese food!

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    1. Yes indeed. I love Chinese food.

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  28. Looks like a great time!

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    1. It was. Thanks, Mark.

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  29. Last things first. The perfect tune for this ride.

    I might have overdone it with the Mango rolls but that’s alright . . . worth it!

    I got to see this in Chinatown many moons ago and it’s just so much fun. It’s frenetic and colorful, really nothing like it.

    Great tour as per Sheriff.

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    1. Thank you, Pilgrim. I’m glad you liked it.

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