Red Couch Recipes. Like the Chinese, I love the color RED!
A taste of China!
Hi and welcome to Red Couch Recipes and my San Francisco's Chinatown inspired table. Also Welcome to Tablescape Thursday. The picture below is of a sidewalk tablesetting at an Asian restaurant, not in Chinatown, in the Cow Hollow district of San Francisco. I liked the upside down plates.
This is the placesetting. I like the floral salad plates with the black and white napkins. What do you think? The color red, has great significance to the Chinese people. There is even a very vibrant red called Chinese Red.
I don't really specialize in centerpieces, but I put this together with some Barberry from the bushes in our backyard. I think the branches of the bush look a bit Asian.
Here's a sideview of the tablesetting. My husband and I are pretty good at using chopsticks. How about you? When we were dating we had "our" restaurant -- Tu's Hunan in Sacramento. We had our wedding luncheon there. Tu's Kung Pao Chicken and Moo Shu Pork were excellent. Unfortunately, we found out that the restaurant had a fire and is no longer in business.
Here's the view of the light shining through the red glasses.
My sister Jacqueline -- Purple Chocolat Home --gave me this Chinese dragon puppet years ago. When I was in college Jacqeline and I used to be into a Chinese cooking phase. We would get together and whip up a great Chinese feast in no time at all. Someday I will post one of our favorites -- a lemon chicken dish I have been making for years. I have been in San Francisco's Chinatown during New Years. It is quite a treat to see the huge New Year's dragon come by. It is a very festive occasion.
I bought the brass Chinese character wall hangings years ago in Chinatown. The characters mean "Double Happiness." I DO wish you "Double Happiness." This character is often stamped on traditional Chinese wedding invitations.
We served Chinese Almond Cookies tonight. We were not really thrilled with Chinese bakery goods in Chinatown so I came home and made some cookies. Click here for the recipe on yesterday's blog entry where I show the sights of San Francisco's Chinatown. My son can't wait until after dinner to eat one.
A taste of China!
White Plates: Tai Pan Trading
Black Plates: Wal-Mart
Red Floral Plates: Wal-Mart this year
Red Goblets: Costco
Napkins: Fabric from Wal-Mart
Brass Chinese Characters: San Francisco Chinatown
Dragon Puppet: Present from sister
I am posting this with the following:
Style Sisters Centerpiece Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday