chinese new year
Cecilia Chiang, the 91-year-old author of The Seventh Daughter memoir and cookbook and former owner of the lauded Mandarin restaurant, is one of the city’s biggest food icons. The grand dame of Chinese cuisine—who grew up in an aristocratic Chinese family in Beijing and has lived a life worthy of an epic film—just moved to San Francisco from her Belvedere house after living there for some 40 years. I spoke to her about her Chinese New Year plans.
Bring in the Year of the Tiger with fireworks, costumes, dance and music at San Francisco's annual Chinese New Year parade next Saturday night starting at 5:30p at 2nd and Market. Since its inception in the 1860's, San Francisco's parade has grown into the largest Chinese New Year parade outside of China and one of the largest Asian cultural events in North America. The parade features 100 units, from Miss Chinatown to marching bands, as well as the famous Golden Dragon. Twenty-nine segments comprise the 200+ ft long dragon, handmade in the Chinese town of Foshan and carried by 100 men and women. If you can't or don't want to make it out, catch the live broadcast on KTVU or KTSF from 6-8p.