Sketch Every Day: 12.29.11


12.29.11: Pastries from Chinatown, Oakland, CA.

The first thing my boys want to do when we take them to San Francisco, is go to Chinatown and get pastries. Boys after my own heart for sure! On our way from Nana & Papa’s house to spend the day in the City, we stopped by Oakland’s Chinatown to get the pastries and save on time (we’re in “vacation mode”, so we got a late start to our day)…plus we knew it would be easier to find parking. Rice cake, steamed & baked BBQ pork buns, sesame balls filled with sweet mung bean paste, mochi with sweet red bean or peanut, curry pies, moon cake with lotus seed paste. They (correction, “I”) wanted to eat it all! It’s all so yummy and very cheap. We picked up a pink cake box full of goodies for under $10. It was basically our lunch and dessert before heading into San Francisco for a little adventure in the City.

Today’s sketch was of some of the pastries we enjoyed. These little bites are reminders of some of my favorite childhood comfort foods, special treats that hold a special place in my heart (and tummy), memories of childhood summers spent with my family in Taiwan, of day trips with my parents to have Dim Sum in L.A. And it makes me happy to know that my boys and I now share a similar memory. Perhaps one day they’ll look back on their childhood and remember how much fun we had walking past the colorful shops of Chinatown, experiencing the sights & sounds (& um, smells), learning about our Chinese culture and lifestyle, and piggin’ out on sticky rice cake and steamed buns.

Here are some highlights of today’s adventure: Oakland Chinatown, Coit Tower (and the beautiful murals), The Painted Ladies at dusk, ice cream before dinner at Bi Rite Creamery (salted caramel is our favorite), followed by a quick browse through Bi Rite Market (seriously awesome market, the cheese & chocolate sections alone are incredible, beautiful produce, gourmet deli). It really was a fun day, spent with my loves, in one of my favorite cities in the world.