First let me say that we proudly flew our flag and gave thanks to the men and women who have given their lives so that we can live our lives in freedom. We thank each and every one of them!
Well I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We sure did. One of the really cool fun things that we did was to take a quick trip to the Asian festival on Saturday morning at Franklin Park. It was so much fun! We got there at about 11am, and it hadn't gotten too crowded. They opened at 10am, and it was free. It really was cool to see all of the families that were there, old and young.
The food court was awesome. So many kinds of food! There were booths that offered VietNamese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Laotian, Indian and gosh I can't remember what else. The smells were wonderful!
We of course set out directly for the ZenCha booth. Why? You ask? Well, none other than our very own L3 was in charge of the booth, offering the most incredible iced fruit tea and okonomiyaki.
Oh my gosh, that tea was the stuff of dreams. It was so hot out in the sun, and that tea I am telling you was so insanely delicious! I literally (and you can ask Bob and Laura about this!) stood at the corner of the booth and told everyone that made eye contact with me that it was so incredibly good and they really needed to buy some! (I really should have gotten some compensation!) Truly I am not kidding you about how good this tea was. I had 3 huge glasses! Can you say "oink"?
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese pancake that has sliced cabbage, and this one had chicken as well. Then a sauce is drizzled on top - the kind of sauce that you just want to dive naked into. You know the kind I'm talking about! Anyway, it is really so delicious that the description just doesn't do it justice. I am dying to try making it myself at home.
Bob and I walked around and then took our drinks over to the pavilion. There were demonstrations of all kinds going on. We saw some lovely traditional Japanese dancing and the music was wonderful. I just had such a great feeling when I looked around and saw all of the families sitting on the grass together, eating and laughing. It just gave you a good, good feeling.
After one more stop at ZenCha's booth to say goodbye and get a final tea, we had to walk up a hillside to get to where our car was parked. As we walked holding hands, again it was wonderful to see the hillside dotted with families picnicking.
Next year I want to plan ahead of time to be able to spend more time there. We just had a short time, but we had to go offer our support to Laura Lee! (At least that's what we told ourselves as we stuffed food into our mouths!!!)