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Dim Sum as a cultural adventure for an auslander

Sharuf | Jun 26, 201201:25 PM

An old friend from high school (a looooong time ago) had some extra airline points, so she got R/T tickets from PDX to SFO and came to visit me, after an elapse of a few decades.

After a few days of taking her around to some of my favorite North Bay sights, it was time to relax and take a break. So I asked her if she wanted to go have some dim sum for lunch.

"What's dim sum" she said.

Remember, she's from Portland.

IIRC, Portland has a Chinatown about half a block long.

So, we went to Saigon (Chinese despite the name) in the Richmond/ElCerrito/Albany Asian Mall mash-up area.

We sat, and a cart promptly appeared. Joan was overwhelmed, and started pointing to plate after plate after plate. I had to stop her and let her know there would be more carts coming around.

Anyway, we had a fine lunch, and it only cost us about $20 for the two of us. Now she has something new and exotic to tell her kids and grandkids about.

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