恭喜发财!羊年快乐!

It is said that 2015 is the “Wood Goat Year”, and a wonderful time to focus on creating and redecorating your home. Those born in the year of the Goat are kind, sweet and generous. They are also said to be the artists of the Chinese Zodiac.

We were excited to have our Chinese New Year dinner hosted once again by the Opera Mandarin this year. Excellent service, friendly staff, yummy traditional Chinese food and wonderful company – no better way to usher in the Year of the Goat. Lobster dumplings, Peking duck, Salt & Pepper Fried Tiger Prawns, Stir Fried Beef with Ginger and Scallions, and Chinese-style steamed Fresh Seabass are some of the scrumptious dishes served that evening. Thank you for coming to our pre-winter break get together. We hope you enjoyed the dinner as much as we did!

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Delayed update: Lunch at Mirama

Oh my! It seems we have been so swept away by the festivities (and then “la reprise”) that we have neglected to update our site! Sorry about that.

For our last AWAP lunch of 2014, we warmed our tummies with delicious wonton soup and noodles at Mirama in Paris 5eme. Undisputedly the best wontons in town – at least we think so. It was great seeing everyone, and sharing our holiday plans.

We were sad to learn that TT, one of our new members will be relocating to Boston. We will miss you.

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Enter the Dragon

Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past.  January 23rd marked the first day of the Year of the Water Dragon, the Year 4709 on the Chinese Lunar calendar.

So, on January 21st, AWAP members and spouses got dressed in their chic-est Chinese outfits to celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the Opera Mandarin Restaurant. We indulged in an 11-course traditional Chinese feast, including such delicacies as lobster dumplings, Peking Duck (served 3 ways), fresh, steamed sea bass, and tong yuan (glutinous rice balls in a sweet broth) for dessert. By the end of the evening, all 37 guests definitely fulfilled one common new year’s wish — for an abundance of food.

Everyone enjoyed chatting with each other over wine and delicious Chinese food in a familial atmosphere, and we welcomed many members who aren’t usually able to attend our weekday events. So, it looks like we’ll have to organize more evening events out!

For those of you who missed the dinner, you can click on the following link for a history of the Chinese New Year celebration, and a list of common Chinese New Year greetings, which we handed out that night. Say as many of them as you can to everyone you see in the first 15 days of the New Year, and it will bring you good luck!

Finally, here is a link to a photo album from the evening.

OPERA MANDARIN
23 boulevard des Capucines, 75002
Metro:  Opera