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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CHINESE NEW YEAR - Where to Celebrate it in Costa Rica - Feb. 5, 2011

Gung Hei Fat Choi!  
(A Chinese New Year’s Greeting that means, ”We wish you lots of prosperity”)  

This years Chinese New Year  -  the Year of the RABBIT  -  starts on February 3rd and is celebrated for 2 whole weeks (Feb. 3-18, ‘11)!  

(fyi - Chinese New Year starts on the 2nd New Moon after the Winter Solstice and ends with the Lantern Festival on the following Full Moon)


THE PARTY of the YEAR for Chinese New Year is at 
in San Jose, Costa Rica!!


Though Chinese New Years start on February 3rd - Tin Jo will be celebrating it on Saturday February 5th.  It will be a party filled with colors, aromas, movement and of course, tons of sumptous delicious food.  

WHAT’S INCLUDES:  4 Buffet stations,  non-alcoholic drinks and dessert 
ACTIVITIES:  Lion Dance with 2 lions to bless our wishes, chase evil Spirits our of our lives and bring all that is good in  •   Your Name in Chinese Caligraphy  •   Your Fortune    •    Origami   •   Ceramics  •   Mini QiGong Classes  •   Feng Sui  •   Tai Chi and Cooking Demonstrations

BRING:  Come dressed in RED and bring your INTENTIONS for the year (in your heart) and we'll write them down for the WISH TREE!!!

PRICE:  20,000-c - adults    ¢10,000-c - kids (12 and under)  

WHEN:  Saturday, February 5, 2011 -  12:30-3pm 

LOCATION:  San Jose-Downtown - Calle 11 and Ave. 6 and 8.

RSVP:  Seating limited to 150.  
HOW:  At Tin Jo, Depositing into their bank account, or making an internet transfer.   Call Susy at 2-221-7605 for details.  (tell Maria Vicki told you about it!)

Tacos Dorados
Empanaditas Vegetarianas / Vegetarian PotStickers
Wantan de Pollo / Chicken Wontons
Costillas de Cerdo con 5 especies / Baby Rack Ribs
Sopa de Wantan / Wonton Soup
Sopa Agri picante / ? Spicy Soup
Ensalada de fideos de larga vida / ? __ Salad
Pescado de la Abundancia con Salsa Agridulce / Fish???
Pollo Kung Pao / Chicken Kung Pao
Lomito Salteado con Brocoli  /  Beef & Broccoli
Bok Choi salteados con hongos shiitake  /  Bok Choi sauteed in Shiitake Mushrooms
Arroz Frito Tin Jo  /  Fried Rice

Tang Yuans  /  ??
Baos de Frijol Dulce  /  ??
Mandarinas  /  ??
Surtido de dulces de año nuevo  /  Assorted Sweets??

Marty shared a glimpse of some of their past Chinese New Year festivities:
Lion Dance -  http://YouTube.com/watch?v=53BGT3WPB1I  (produced by Allure Films)
Chinese Culture Fair -  http://YouTube.com/watch?v=G-8EWgf2ES4

We hope that you, your family and your friends can join us to celebrate and welcome this year filled with calm. 



RABBITS were born in these dates:
Feb. 19, 1939 – Feb 7, 1940 
Feb. 6, 1951 – Jan. 26, 1952
Jan. 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964
 Feb. 11, 1975 – Jan. 30, 1976 
 Jan. 29, 1987 – Feb. 16, 1988 
Feb. 16, 1999 – Feb. 4, 2000  

DESCRIPTION OF A RABBIT:  http://ChineseZodiac.com/rabbit.php


(2-221-7605 / 2-257-3622 /  http://TinJo.com/new/?lang=en [English] / hola@TinJo.com

Many feel it’s the BEST ASIAN food in Costa Rica (their prices look higher than the others but it's because they include the 23% in taxes)!  Tin Jo is BY FAR the NICEST and MOST DIVERSE of ALL the Asian restaurants in Costa Rica!!!  They have a HUGE menú has selections from all lands in Asia!!!  It ranges from CURRY's - ranging from INDIAN (Palak Paneer, Murg Masala, Vegetarian Curry, Masala Fish - 5,000-6,400-c).  To THAI (Shrimp and Pineapple Curry, Eggplant Curry and Vegetarian, Chicken Curry in Coconut Milk, Fish Curry in Coconut Milk and Masaman Beef Curry - 4,900-8,400-c).  JAPANESE (Teriyaki’s – Chicken, Tuna, Tenderloin Beef, Tamarind and Lemon Grass Chicken, Salmon - 5,600-8,500-c and SUSHI (Vegetarian, Salmon Roll, California, Crunchy, Tempura, Spicy Tuna - 3,500-5,900-c). VIETNAMESE (Vietnamese Steamed Chicken, Steamed Fish - 5,600-6,000-c).  FILIPINA/INDONESIA (Filipino Adobo Pork, Shanghai Shao Hsing Pork with Anise, Seafood Sambal, Spicy Ma Po Tofu - 5,100-7,500-c).  THAI (Pad Krapao’s – Chicken, Beef or Shrimp, Pad Thai - 5,800-6,900-c).   CHINESE CLASSICS (STIR-FRY'S - Tin Jo Special [a combo of meats, seafood and veges in a basket of crunchy taro root and yuca], Beef Slices with broccoli, with asparagus and ginger, Sichuan Kung Pao [prawns, chicken or tofu], Mixed Vege Tofu, Stir-fried Bok Choy - 4,600-7,500-c.  Sizzling Rices - Land Treasures [chicken, pork and beef], Sea Treasures [shrimp, fish and squid], Vegetarian Treasures with Tofu - 6,000-8,500-c, Sweet and Sour Pork and Festive Sweet and Sour Deep-fried Fish - 6,000-6,200-c. NOODLES - Chop Sueys, Chow Mein, Pad Thai - 4,400-5,500-c, FRIED RICES - Fried Cantonese, Fried Rice with Shrimp or Vegetarian Fried Rice - 4,400-5,900-c.  They have LARGE VEGETARIAN menu - http://TinJo.com/new/wp-content/PDFs/vegetariano.pdf  They also have the usual APPETIZERS - SOUPS - Miso, Hot and Sour, Won Ton, Tom Kha Gai, Tom Yam Tale - 2,000-5,600,  SALADS - Smoked Tofu, Maya Salad (avocado, papaya, cucumber and red pepper in a ginger/cilantro dressing!!), Green Mango. Tuna or Salmon Tartar, Crunchy Tofu, Egg Rolls, Salmon Summer Rolls, Pakoras, Vegetarian Rolls, Fried or Steamed Potstickers, Fried or Steamed Wontons, Samosas, Satay, Mu Shu, Eggplant Sambal, Soy Bean Pods  -  2,000-4,500-c on average plus.  Grilled 5-Spice Pork Ribs, Salt and Pepper Prawns (7,500-c), Salt and Pepper Squid (5,500-c), PuPu Platter for 2 (a BUNCH of goodies) - 22,500-c.  KIDS MENU.  LARGE SPACE (both in the various dining rooms and they now have a space for larger events).  HOLIDAYS:  Thurs.-Fri. Samana Santa (before Easter), Dec. 24-27ish, Dec. 31 at night. OPEN for Jan. 1.  Closed to general dining on the Saturday after Chinese New Year for their BIG SPECIAL event ('11 - 20,000
NOTE:  They do NOT use MSG AT ALL!!!!  Their prices are at the higher end but they INCLUDE the 13% tax and 10% service.   
HOURS:  Daily 11:30am-3pm and 5:30-10pm.  

LOCATION:  San Jose-Downtown - Calle 11 and Ave. 6 and 8.

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