Japanese seaweed sushi rolls, iced Thai tea, Indian henna skin art and hand-to-hand martial arts ported us to Asia this weekend. 14 villages tented the Capital lawn for the 10th annual CelebrAsian party.
They pretty much had it covered: Vietnamese, Hmong, Tai Dam, Cambodian, Lao, Japanese, Malaysian, Indian, Indonesian, Thai, Filipino, Chinese and Nepalese. Plus one pasty white boy from Iowa.
The food's always the gem of local festivals. Whiffs of spicy grilled beef kabobs, steamed dumplings and Indian curry rode the breeze as traditional Hmong wedding song and dance pulsed on stage.
|Oh yeah, this is going to be good|
|I want one for gardening|
|"No you can't have it, just hold it up and pretend"|
|What the heck, Pepsi's from Asia now?|
|Japanese Tamaki Bento Box = yee haw!|
|Miso soup, I drained it in 53 seconds|
|Wrapped and fried in front of her filthy mitts|
|Sticky rice carb' attack|
|Indian chickpeas, served up by Baba|
|Rolled to order|
|Place a tub of vegetable Pad Thai on her lap and the girl turns feral|
|Iced Thai tea > bubble tea|
The game of sepak takraw is ridiculous, squirting a rattan ball over the net using only your feet. A perfect game for people that love volleyball but have no arms, the dudes were flexible and kicked like ninja Rockettes. And I'm pretty sure they'd beat my britches if they heard me saying that.
Tons of Eastern games, traditional dances and authentic garb. Free festivals, FTW.
There was a bunch more going on that day, but alas, blogging time's up. 11:45 pm and I'm up in 6 hours for work.