Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Taste of Japan While in China

While we were in Nanchang we ate twice at the Japanese Restaurant that was located in our hotel.  The genuine kindness of the people working there made the experience as wonderful as the delicious food that we ate.  When we first arrived we were surrounded by three of the wait staff.  I think they were mainly just curious about the strange Americans with the cute Chinese baby.  They would not give us even a moment to look at the menu and make our choices.  They wanted to discuss each possibility with us in depth.  It was so hilarious.  Only one of the three spoke a little bit of English so she would have to translate for the other two plus for the two of us.  This went on for 15 minutes.  Finally the chef came over and thankfully spoke very good English.  We were able to explain that we eat seafood but no other meat.

Our hostess was so pretty and sweet.  When we asked to take a picture of her in her kimono she grabbed her friend by the arm and made her pose along side her for moral support.
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This is the fruit salad that they serve with every meal. It cracked me up that they only give you one grape. We didn't eat it though because we will only eat fruit in China that we can peel and vegetables that are cooked. So far that rule of thumb has served us well.
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This kind woman took pity on our less than perfect chopstick skills and offered to feel Natalie. Since we are in our bonding phase we normally wouldn't allow other people to feed her, but with the language barrier that was just too difficult to explain. We decided to make an exception.
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She was so sweet and tender with Natalie.
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Our chef was very friendly and spent quite a bit of time talking to us.  Everyone there wanted us to enjoy ourselves.  They were so sweet and patient with us.
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