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Happy Lunar New Year!

We’re ringing in this Year of the Ram with some vintage photographs of Chinese New Year celebrations in California, from the 1890s to the twenty-aughts.


From the top: Chinese New Year Parade on Montgomery Street, Oroville Calif (1890); New Year’s in San Francisco Chinatown before the 1906 fire; Dragon dancing in San Francisco, 1959; People celebrating the New Year in the streets of San Francisco, 1949; Celebrations on Montgomery Street San Francisco, 1957; dragon dancing DTSF, 1950s; The golden dragon, star of San Francisco’s Chinese New Year, 1983; Boy Scout Troop waiting to march in Chinese New Year Parade, San Gabriel, Calif, 1992; Hollywood Lunar New Year Parade, 2004.

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Where did we eat: Prairie Berry East Bank

Another stop on my list that I have been meaning to check off.  This place is pretty good.  They have Miner Brewery beer to go along with a large variety of wines.  Our food was a trio spread of goat cheese, mushroom, and olive tapenade with bread.  The goat cheese and olive tapenade were pretty awesome together. The middle picture is a baked potato and a mushroom pizza. The last picture was part of their charcuterie bar.  Some gin and tonic sausage, irish cheese, and pickled vegetables.

I talked to the waiter and they switch up their menu for the seasons so I can’t wait to see what they have on their next.  

This was also our meal before going and seeing Alton Brown Live.  That show was pretty entertaining. I hadn’t been to the Washington Pavillion to see a show before and it was a great experience.

Where did we eat: Chedd’s Gourmet Grilled Cheeses

So I have mixed feelings about this place.  The food was just okay.  I was expecting this amazing grilled cheese, but since they were busy, mine was kind of luke warm.  The mac and cheese was standard fare I guess.  I will have to give them another shot, but really underwhelming on the first trip.