Wednesday, September 7, 2011

life (lahyf) | chinatown

Growing up, I remember thinking that it was the norm for kids to go have dim sum every Sunday after church instead of brunch.  I also thought that every child learned to eat spicy tuna rolls at an early age and that kids who didn't know how to eat with chopsticks were so weird.  I don't remember what age I finally learned to know better, but eventually it hit me.  Although I grew up in Canada and the US, I was exposed to so much of the Filipino and Asian culture.  It took me awhile (more like my early 20s) to really appreciate all of it, but I do now, and every so often I get a craving of the "Asian" culture I grew up with.

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Luckily this past weekend Leilani, helped me take a trip down memory lane by exploring Chinatown which was filled with so much of the food I ate growing up and an environment that triggered so many great memories.  We strolled down the streets peeking through windows, translating the unique signs and appreciating the intricate details of each building.  Everything from the bbq duck to the jade jewelry displayed in the windows reminded me so much of my childhood.  Although I'm not Chinese and Chicago's Chinatown isn't the one that I grew up going to, it's not too far from the one in Vancouver or Seattle that I used to frequent as a kid.  Aside from it being a little bit smaller, there are so many similarities from the red brick buildings....

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Chinese tiled roofs...

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Asian versions of American vegetables that are sold on the street...
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To the Chinese dragons that are displayed throughout the area.

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We spent the rest of the morning eating dim sum, sipping on bubble tea and finding this amazing candy store filled with all of our favorite Japanese candies (Pocky anyone?).  Overall it was a great morning and I'm so glad that I had Leilani as an awesome tour guide.  She even took me to this abandoned travel agency that had this amazing un-touched vintage look with white and red tiling, as well as this fun door where Leilani took my pictures. (Thanks lady!)

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outfit details | shirt - ralph lauren | shorts - paige premium denim via nordstrom rack | shoes - dolce vita | purse - foley corina | necklace - gifted | headband - h&m| bracelets - hawaii international market, juicy couture & vintage|

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|What things are nostalgic to you? What triggers your childhood memories?|

Side note:  Congratulations to Carrie who is the winner of the Gap giveaway! 

6 comments:

Lisa - Archives Vintage said...

looks like so much fun! I LOVE chinatown..the food is so freaking delicious. sad i couldnt make it :(

ps - i have that same headband!

maranda (persnickety vintage) said...

i love that candy store!! and the food in china town is so good. i love that i can order a smoothie and spinach rangoons at the same restaurant ;)

laura said...

You look lovely in your getup! That headband is super sweet.

I love going to Chinatown, wherever the Chinatown may be, actually. I've been to the one in Chicago multiple times and always HAVE to get some boba tea and soft shell crabs!

For me, when I think about my childhood, I remember a lot of noodles. Which is perhaps the reason why I don't like them so much -_-
♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

Kristen said...

Great shots! I don't think I've been to Chinatown in Chicago yet -- and I've lived here a long time. Shame on me!

My trip to New Buffalo with all the small town beach town things, was my childhood re-enactment of the summer.

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

You both look so cute! I'm glad you had a good time reliving favorite memories from your childhood! And yes, pocky is yummy!

Between Laundry Days said...

Ooh, I LOVE Chinatown! Glad you gals had a blast.

And I am just falling more and more in love with this new haircut! :)