Course Dinner in Toronto

This evening we had a dinner for the students in my course here in Toronto.

We decided to go to one of my favorite restaurants.

Dragon Pearl, Asian Buffet, Chinese Food, Toronto CanadaThe Dragon Pearl is considered one of the best Asian food buffets in Canada.

You can visit my Dragon Pearl post to see some of the decor of this restaurant. This evening I will focus on the food and a Chinese show.

Salad Course, Asian Buffet, Dragon Pearl, TorontoI will not share pictures of all of the courses, but will share a few. I started with a bowl of soup and then visited the salad bar.

Dragon Pearl Toronto, Sushi, California Roll, WasabiI then had a plate of grilled food followed by the sushi course shown above. I enjoyed the sushi, especially with the nice spicy tang of the wasabi paste. There were many sushi choices and I tried to take a little of each. The buffet at Dragon Pearl is so extensive so it is impossible to try everything in one visit.

Peking Duck, bean sauce, pancake, cucumber, scallionNext up were some Chinese dishes. Some chicken, shrimp, beef and different vegetables and also the dish above.

This is the classic way to eat Peking Duck. I like the crisp skin of the duck. You take a pancake and spread some bean sauce on it. Then add some cucumber and scallion strips and a piece of Peking Duck. Then roll up the pancake and enjoy the delicious taste.

After a nice bowl of ice cream it was time for a traditional Chinese show.

They have a short show on Thursday evenings at the restaurant. It only lasted for 10-15 minutes, but was very interesting.

Bian Lian, Face Changing Dance, Opera, masks, Chinese Opera

The one man show was of the Chinese dramatic art called bian lian.

Bian lian is also known as face changing. The performer danced around the small stage and would periodically change the mask that he was wearing.

Bian Lian, Face Changing Dance, Opera, masks, Chinese OperaThe mask change was barely noticeable as it was done quickly with a small motion or maybe even just a head movement. I lost track of how many times the mask changed, but these pictures show a few of them.

Bian Lian, Face Changing Dance, Opera, masks, Chinese OperaThe masks depict different characters from Chinese opera. The dance of the performer would change to match the character of the mask he was currently wearing.

Bian lian is rarely seen outside China, so I am  glad that we picked the right time for our course dinner.

Bian Lian, Face Changing Dance, Opera, masks, Chinese OperaI was even able to pose for a picture with the bian lian performer.

I had a wonderful evening out with my students and am looking forward to a nice weekend after the course ends tomorrow.


Toronto Sunset II

Last August while I was here in Toronto I shared some sunset pictures in my post Toronto Sunset.

This evening I will share a similar set of pictures.

Cloudy Sky, Thunderstorms, Toronto, CanadaAs I left the office after class today the sky was dark and ominous. The wind was picking up and it felt like it was going to rain. However, the rain never materialized.

I knew that a sky like this would possibly lead to a nice sunset so I kept my eye on the sky this evening after I returned from dinner.

Toronto Sunset, North York, Sunset, Red Sky, Skyline sunsetThe sun started to drop below the upper clouds and the lower cloud layers started to glow.

Toronto Sunset, Reflection, Westin Prince, HotelThis is an interesting picture to me. My room is on the northeast corner of the hotel so the window facing east was reflecting the sunset into the room. This picture is taken through the window to the east and the sunset is just a reflection.

Here you can see that the sun has dropped below the clouds and is slipping below the skyline.

Toronto Canada sunset, Colorful Sky, Skyline SunsetHere the clouds are reflecting the sun after it has dropped below the horizon. I really like the color in the clouds.

Nice Sunset, Toronto, Canada, SkylineHere is one last look at the beautiful sunset. The color was so intense and I really like the silhouettes of the skyline.

I compared these pictures to the ones from last August and it is interesting to see how much further north the sun was tonight.

Which is your favorite picture?