|RED, good luck novelties.|
Red is an auspicious color in Chinese culture—it's a fire sign that symbolizes good luck and joy—it's found everywhere during the celebration of the New Year—witness the displays of red trinkets inside and outside shops. At a paper shop I picked up a good luck symbol embossed in gold on a red background—now affixed to my front door.
After lunch in a local place on Bayard I set out to find a Tea parlor, Cha Chan Tang, for a good cup of tea, and dessert. Somehow I had the street wrong and wound up walking in circles and getting colder by the minute.
I gave up and nipped into a bakery, the only place near the bus stop headed home, but this was the real deal, cheap, filled with locals and serving tea, Lipton's in a paper cup. Perfection.
|More RED, New Year's cards, money envelopes, and good luck trinkets.|
|Cha Chan Tang tea parlor, Mott Street.|
|No Name bakery, egg custard and Lipton's tea, $1.75.|