May 14, 2012

CelebrAsian 2012

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!



California roll



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


Scratching tatt's:
 
 

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.

-Beard

13 comments:

  1. Looks like you two had a bunch of fun! But now, it's 8:30 AM and I am cravin' Asian! :-)

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    1. Hope you took care of that orange chicky hunger pang today.

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  2. I sure hope you both bought gardening hats. Pigtails looked adorable in hers!

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    1. We didn't, I should have. #conehatregret

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  3. Love me a good festival! Sadly, other obligations prevent our enjoying the Greek Festival on the north side of Houston this year. Spanikopita and baklava ... another time, perhaps?

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    1. We hit the local Greek Orthodox church in the summer for their dancing, spanikopita, and general stuffing of our faces. I recommend you double up next year to make up for lost time,

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    2. I think you are absolutely right, Beard. Double up next year. Of course, there is a tasty Greek restaurant not far from where we live, so I suppose we could at least satisfy our food cravings, even if there's no cool dancing show.

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    3. You are making me crave a Greek omelet for breakfast tomorrow morning.

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  4. That looked like a good place to be! We have a lot of cultural festivals here, but I've never seen an Asian one. I love Henna tatts! Another good thing to do with your kids and give them a taste of multiculturalism. Angela.

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    1. Between the Farmers Market, art festival, sweet corn feeds and other locals freebies, we can try something different nearly every weekend when it's warm.

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  5. I was born in Thailand and lived there til I was twelve. That Pad Thai looks legit! Sounds like an amazing festival. I would probably spend all of my money there!

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    1. Did you like growing up in Thailand, and will you return to visit sometime?

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  6. That looks like the perfect way to spend the day!

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