Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ABC Wednesday: N is for a Nice Day

Last Sunday, Grace left for an oversea trip for two weeks.  Before she left, on Saturday, we decided to go to a nice restaurant called 掌上明珠 (A Shinning Pearl in the Palm, usually refers to the favorite daughter) for lunch at Yilan, east of Taipei by the coast.  We arrived at the restaurant a bit early.  It sits in the middle of a rice field.  There were hundreds of small butterflies flying around in the field.

The owner has many very colorful Japanese chickens in its garden.  Grace took a picture of this cock in action.

The restaurant has a very interesting decoration, a blend of local Taiwanese and traditional Chinese.

Here is the menu, it was a nine-course meal.  You may count it to 11.  The other two were red wine and a light vingar.  Cost 50 US$ per person, expansive for Taiwan.

I mentioned to Grace that we can use a "Nice Day" for the ABC Wednesday of this week.  She started to take pictures for ever course.  I was afraid to be kicked out from the restaurant.  Here was a plate of grilled local fish.  On the side was the rice cresp still on its stem.


Here was the desert.  The plum was almost fresh just lightly marinated.  The pumpkin and Chinese Yam was cooked in a sweat rice water.

The meal was accompanied by a nice pot of hot tea.

After the meal, we went to a coffee factory store near by.  Mr. Brown coffee is famous in Chinese community worldwide.  The canned sweatened latte, can be found in almost every Chinese supermarket.

Another business of Mr. Brown is orchid.  It is a big export business and his store is decorated with all kinds of orchids.

By late afternoon, we saw several egrets in the rice field.  The little egret is a local bird.  The great egret will soon fly back to the north.

Well, overall, it was a very Nice Day.  For more entries of ABC Wednesday click here.

15 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful dinner : ). I am SO glad you didn't get kicked out. I love your pictures. They are so crisp and clear! Dazzling : ).

Karyn said...

A Nice Day, indeed! And a very Nice dinner, by the looks of it!

Great photos, thanks for sharing your day.

Carol said...

It looks like it was a really nice day! Great photos...very colorful rooster...beautiful stained glass windows...love the white egrets against the green grass...

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely dinner! and your photos are wonderful! It does indeed sound like a "nice" day! Thanks for sharing the day!

photowannabe said...

Yes, this seems to be an extremely Nice day. That was a beautifully served meal and the photos of it were so inviting. Nice choice for the letter N.

Joy said...

What a nice post it looks and sounds like a perfect day.

Tumblewords: said...

Indeed, it looks like a very nice day and a notable dinner! Nicely done!

kRiZ cPEc said...

makes me want to be there, thanks for sharing.

Jay said...

A very picturesque restaurant!

I love the cock, and the way he is strutting!

Reader Wil said...

Very great N word! Thanks for the meal!! Thanks for the visit to my blog! It's always Nice with a big N to see you!

J said...

I particularly like the photo of the rooster.
Thanks for the comment on my blog, you made a very valid point - I certainly feel lucky to be born in the late twentieth century in a stable and prosperous western country.

RuneE said...

I can't say but I envy you such a nice day!

Dragonstar said...

A truly Nice day! I thoroughly enjoyed your story, and the photos are so clear and explanatory.

Thank you!

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a lovely NICE day you and Grace had, Bradley. Her photos are lovely; I'm so glad you posted while she was away. The 9-course dinner is a bit expensive, but everything looks delicious!

Thanks for your visit to my "N" post.

shu said...

I was going to ask you to write about the restaurants you go to in Taipei. So I was delgithed to see this post - must be such a beautiful place and a delicious meal. Chinese people by nature are very poetic. We finally have a safe heaven in Taiwan long enough for places like this to develop. Sis

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