What a delightful day!
My younger kid was all morning at the doctor, and he and the Missus insisted on getting their fill at McD's immediately.
But I was SO close to the new DC SANDWICH banh mi place on Rte 50 ... except it was closed! Aha! Chinese New Year! Ah well, by that time I was determined to ingest a banh mi, so off to the Eden Center!
From quite a distance I could tell that this was NOT the day to brave Eden Center ... the cars were thicker'n they would have been on a Summer saturday when they let a carnival close off half the parking lot. But I had hope (and a little secret weapon), so despite the screams of "what the heck are you getting us into?" from the family, in we dove.
People everywhere! Cars everywhere times two! Ancient grandmas, families, little kids dressed in gold fabric like tiny kings and queens ... and a single empty spot for my handicapped-plate van to use! (Being a crip has to have an upside sometime, after all!) And just where I was pulling in, an extremely thick crowd, drums drums drums, and ... aha! Lucky lion dancers visiting each shop!
Lots of shops were closed, others were open. I fought my way over to Huong Binh Bakery, where they always recognize me and know how I like my sandwich without my having to tell them anymore, but the cold cuts and rolls were gone, covered up, empty ... replaced by red-cellophane-wrapped trays of lucky treats. A big smile from the owner, and I was off in search of my treasure...
In another door just after the lion had come out, and I got my lunch. A bit of hand-holding back to the van by my afraid-of-food wife, and I heard the happiest sound yet ... my youngest, for months too stomach-sick to keep much down, saying "Dad, when we come back I want that pre-made lunch with the eggs and rice noodles and fish sauce!" Ahh, ONE other foodie in the family at least!
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!