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Chinatown: Street Food UPDATED!

CT Street Food-1 Horiz Grain

Rice: Tasty Joy and Golden Jasmine

CT Street Food-2 Horiz Grain

Cilantro: A bit past its prime

I have been informed in the comments by Ng Tom of ‘That’s how I see the world’ that this is PARSLEY! 

CT Street Food-3 Horiz Grain

Firm Tomatoes and a much fresher Cilantro

Also PARSLEY!

CT Street Food-4 Horiz Grain

And the tomatoes cost how much?

CT Street Food-5 Horiz Grain

Fresh Cilantro for only forty cents a pound…I think?

Also PARSLEY, and most likely forty cents a bunch!

How I wish I could read Chinese!  Perhaps my friend in Hong Kong will be kind enough to send a translation of these signs!

‘Playing’ with Chinatown images

Here are a few things I worked on today:

It wouldn't be Chinatown without Fortune Cookies--bagged and boxed and ready to go!

It wouldn’t be Chinatown without Fortune Cookies–bagged and boxed and ready to go!

 

And, it wouldn't be Chinatown without this detail from the little pagoda on Cermak Road...

And, it wouldn’t be Chinatown without this detail from the little pagoda on Cermak Road…

 

...and the pagoda towers atop a building on South Wentworth Avenue!

…and the pagoda towers atop a building on South Wentworth Avenue!

N.B.:  On these last two, after converting them to black and white images, I applied the Artistic Filter ‘Plastic Wrap’.  It’s the first time I found it to be usable and effective!

After yesterday’s appointment with my wonderful doctor…

…(who is very happy I am doing so well while taking the blood thinning medication!), I hopped on the Red Line “L”, and ventured to the south side of Chicago–Chinatown to be exact!

Chinatown is about two and a half miles south of the Loop.  This is the view when you get off the "L" and look back toward downtown.


Chinatown is about two and a half miles south of the Loop. This is the view when you get off the “L” at Cermak Road and look back toward downtown.

I haven’t been here in almost ten years!  In 2002, I was working about four miles west, just off of Cermak Road, for a theatrical rigging company, and would come through Chinatown every evening I could.  Things have changed a bit; the entrance to the “L” is now enclosed (thank you!) and upon exiting, there is this lovely, huge piece of glazed terra-cotta construction:

The 9 Dragons Wall erected in 2003

The Nine Dragon Wall, erected in 2003

Here are the first three dragons...

Here are the first three dragons…

...and here are the rest.  The 9 Dragons Wall looks to be about twenty-five feet long and about twelve feet high!  Gorgeous craftsmanship, isn't it?

…and here are the rest. The Nine Dragon Wall looks to be about twenty-five feet long and about twelve feet (or more) high! Gorgeous craftsmanship, isn’t it?

This plaque on a pedestal in front of the wall explains everything; thankfully, and English translation is provided!

This plaque on a pedestal in front of the wall explains everything; thankfully, an English translation is provided!

This is just a tease!  I’ll be posting more of Chinatown over the next week, as I took over 85 shots in just under an hour (the other half hour I spent shopping in a great little store–you’ll be seeing that, too)!