Thursday, September 20, 2012

Autumn Festival and Moon Cakes

One evening we came in foot sore and weary, like always, to discover the lobby had been decorated for Autumn Festival.  The kids and I stood spinning and looking up at all the lovely lights and decorations.  "Look a bird, a fish, lights!!!"  yelled Jp in almost the same breath.  We asked about it but we do not know when it is or how long it lasts or what it is really all about.  We did find out that people buy fake money and clothes and things to burn at their loved one grave/shrine.  But we also found out they eat moon cakes and sweets.  So, the next day we set out on a mission to buy moon cakes.  They are really wonderful looking pastries that are quite rich.  They are decorated with all different fancy pastry stamps maybe they mean different things.  The insides might also be different but we cannot read the signs.  Anyway, here is a photo of the ones we bought.  They had a  sweet peanut butter middle with this yellow salty thing that we later identified as an egg yoke.  It was a fun outing.  Many people exclaimed and were excited that we were eating their food.  More than one person stopped and chatted with us.  Unfortunately, the unfamiliar taste was not as fully appreciated by the American pallette as it may be after further initiation.  However, it really was a fun experience!

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