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For our annual Dim Sum/Bouquets to Art outing, we festoon ourselves with flowers, feathers and floral-patterned finery. Here, I'm enjoying a mango custard at Ton Kiang.

For our annual Dim Sum/Bouquets to Art outing, we festoon ourselves with flowers, feathers and floral-patterned finery. Here, I’m enjoying a mango custard at Ton Kiang.

Welcome back, my friends!

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know how much I *looove* Dim Sum.

Thanks to our large Chinese-American contingent here in the Bay Area. you’ll find at least one restaurant featuring these tasty “little treasures” just about anywhere.

One of my top choices (and one of San Francisco’s highest-rated), Ton Kiang, is the starting point of a day-long get-together that my friends and I enjoy every Spring. (Some of us, in fact, have carried on the tradition for over three decades!)

As our plates of Dim Sum mount up on the "lazy Susan," Erica tries some of the crispy fried squid.

As our little plates of Dim Sum mount up on the “lazy Susan,” Erica (whom you met last month at our Pisces Parties) tries some of the crispy fried squid.

Since we come into the city from all directions, and as far away as Santa Cruz, we meet up at Ton Kiang, right after it opens, and feast on dim sum until we can’t eat another bite.

In some Dim Sum houses, the servers wheel carts out from the kitchen, stacked with the latest from the chefs’ fryers, kettles and woks.

There were seven of us this year, and the Dim Sum just kept coming...

Seven of us met up at Ton Kiang, and the Dim Sum just kept coming. Stuffed mushrooms. Steamed dumplings with all kinds of fillings. Lotus leaves, pork buns, shrimp-stuffed crab claws…

At Ton Kiang, instead, they carry trays laden with silver-domed plates and bamboo steamers. Either way, you just point to what you’d like, and ask for anything you don’t see.

After our gorge-a-thon, we head to the de Young Museum, in the heart of nearby Golden Gate Park, for the “Bouquets to Art” exhibit.

A hugely popular, week-long collaboration between the museum and the Bay Area’s top floral designers, “Bouquets” brings gorgeous displays made from flowers, live plants, and other materials right into the de Young’s main galleries.

One of my favorite Bouquet/Art matchups. When you start with an abstract painting, it's hard to say where a direct rendering leaves off and an abstract one begins...

One of my favorite Bouquet/Art match ups this year. When you start with an abstract painting, and render it in 3D, it can be hard to say where “literal” leaves off and “interpreted” begins…

This by itself would be extraordinary. But there’s a twist: Every floral showpiece is designed to pair with one of the museum’s artworks.

Some of the displays are quite representational and literal, mimicking their target pieces very closely.

Others interpret the paintings and sculptures more abstractly.

And some even pick up where the artworks leave off…

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Until next time, my friends,
Cheers and happy tastings,
Rosina

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Cheers once again,
Rosina

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