This is my friend S - who is a master baker and incredible with all desserts!
She frosted them, right inside our freezer trays! (we have tiny freezers!)
How ironic that our first two cakes are in two different languages - Papiamento and Spanish! (not Chinese, English or a Central Asian language!) I wonder what language will be next?
*the cake on the right was made without artificial colors and sweeteners, because of an allergy. It was fun to color the frosting with natural blueberries - so our friend could eat it. You learn something new everyday!
HUO - 活 - life, save
JIE - 节 - holiday, festival
KUAI LE - 快乐- happy
I love the Chinese for this - it is so packed with meaning!
Not many people understand this holiday, so its fun to share the true meaning with our friends. We also enjoy some family traditions of dying eggs, egg hunts, baskets of goodies, and also an Easter Tree (I will share more later). I had done this before as a child...so it was fun to bring new meaning to this amazing holiday together.
This year, we celebrated with a friend who has Mexican roots - she introduced us to Confetti Eggs!! You crack a confetti-filled egg over your loved-ones head!! This was definitely a highlight.
The place is called "Nothing But Tea" and the lady who runs the shop is named Coco. She speaks a little English, and is so friendly! We love to practice our Chinese too!
If you ever have the opportunity, please try some!!
COCO: 你要点什么？ni yao dian shenme? What do you want to order?
ME: 四杯珍珠奶茶。si bei zhenzhu naicha. Four bubble teas.
COCO: 好，什么味道？hao, shenme wei dao? Ok, what flavor?
ME: 两个 草莓， 椰子，和 兰梅。 liang ge caomei, yezi, he lanmei. Two strawberry, one coconut, and one blueberry.
COCO: 要冰的还是热的？yao bingde haishi re de? Do you want it cold or hot?
ME: 冰的。bing de. Cold.
COCO: 好。十二块。hao, shi er kuai. Ok, 12 yuan (3 yuan each!)
(puts in the tea, adds some milk, plops in the pearls, seals on the plastic lid with an automatic sealer, shakes it up and grabs a big straw)
COCO: 可以开吗？ keyi kai ma? Can I open it?
ME: 可以可以。谢谢！ keyi keyi. xie xie! Yeah. Thank you!!
This is a huge hangout spot for the middle school students, especially since her prices are so great! I love that she has a post-it board for all the students to write notes to one another, or just proclaim their deep thoughts and secrets. Justin Beiber was mentioned a few times!! I left my own message behind too.