Happy Chinese New Year! 2012 is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese calendar. The Dragon is considered to be the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac. And that’s good news because after 2011, I think we all feel like we could use a little luck.
Delving a little farther into Chinese Astrology, there are five Elements that coincide with the cycle of the calendar. The Elements are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. So, aside from being the Year of the Dragon, the Element for 2012 is Water. The Water Element is said to calm the usually rebellious and energetic Dragon and make it more perceptive of others.
And isn’t that a good lesson for 2012? Couldn’t we all be more perceptive of others?
When I shot this Steamed Fish video with Chef Chris Yeo in honor of the New Year, I wish I had been more perceptive. The day we were at Xino, Chef Yeo took a lot of time with us. We talked and laughed about Chinese New Year traditions while devouring Steamed Fish and Dim Sum. Looking back now, a year later, I recall Chef Chris saying this restaurant was not nearly as busy as his other locations.
After months of craving, I got the chance to dine at Xino again. It was my birthday. As we approached the tall doors to the restaurant, I could tell right away, Xino was closed.
I learned at that moment that if you love a restaurant, eat there. Take the time to enjoy a meal out and support a local restaurant and talented chef. I should have been more perceptive of Chef Chris and a little less focused on the Chicken Siu Mai. Lesson learned.
Watch Chef Chris prepare his delicate Steamed Fish, said to bring happiness and prosperity in the New Year and tell me, is there a restaurant you’re going to get back to… soon?
Although you can’t visit Xino in Santa Monica any longer, you can enjoy Chef Yeo’s other locations.
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