Hello my Multicultural Family,
We are galloping into a great new Year of the Horse soon... this Friday, January[masked]!
It's time for 2 weeks of Chinese New Year celebrations! Despite the extraordinarily cold Polar Vortex, I hope you are all keeping warm and having a great start this year. Please join me in bringing in new tidings and galloping in the Year of the Horse with a HOT start!
As it's a seat-down-cook-yourself Hotpot Buffet (BringYourOwnBottle), this year I decided to spread the food celebration into different days so I can try to catch up some chats with everyone:
• HOTPOT1 on Friday 1/31, 1p to 5p and 7p-11p
• HOTPOT2 on Sat 2/1, 7p to 11p.
We can play Mahjong or cards while waiting for turns at the Hotpot. It's short notice as the pot has to stay hot! ;) I've capped 12 spots per event so everyone can try get a spot to cook. However, don't despair if you cannot make it, watch out the next posting for Prosperity Tossing within 14 days of continued celebrations! That event will have more spots available.
I'll have hot broth for the wintery cold, spicy hot favorites for the hot-blooded, and also a vegetarian fondue special! Please RSVP by this Thursday, 11.55p and tell me the preferred time you are coming so I can get a headcount and food prep ready for the fiestas. I'll email the address to all after RSVP closes. See ya'll soon!
BTW, my adventure seekers group started making our first batch of home brew wine last weekend! It's not ready for this week's celebration, but will be soon for wine tasting! Anyone interested in making wine and/or brewing beer, please feel free to reach me on this website or connect via my google cell (below). See y'all soon!
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These are some customary well wishes conveyed during the New Year:
• Lucky/Auspicious Year of the Horse! (馬年吉祥, mǎ nián jí xiáng) Instant success when the horse arrives! (馬到成功, mǎ dào chéng gong)
• Take the lead upon the horse! (一馬當先, yī mǎ dāng xiān) Peace and good health in the Year of the Horse! (馬年安康, mǎ nián ān kāng)