Monday, April 11, 2011

For the love of Dim sum

When I lived in Boston there were dozens of great restaurants in Chinatown which specialized in dim sum.  I absolutely adored heading into Chinatown on a weekend for a brunch of fabulous tidbits and tastes of foods both known and unknown.  I remember that where ever we dined, none of the staff spoke English so as the carts rolled by we pointed to whatever looked good or interesting and just gave it a try.  Over the years I probably tried everything that the restaurants, which we frequented, had to offer and I learned my favorites and also the dishes I preferred to avoid. 

Dim sum isn’t something that you can really do alone because one or maybe possibly two small plates and you’re done without really having that nice sampling of dishes.  Dining with a group is the best way to experience dim sum as you can try so many more dishes.  Once a couple of years ago we went out for dim sum here in Atlanta with another local family to a place which they frequented often and raved about.  Now I’m not an expert but I have enjoyed dim sum at probably over 50 restaurants on three different continents and I have to say the dim sum they raved about was the absolute worst dim sum I had ever experienced in my life.  After that experience I just didn’t think about it or search it out. 

Well two weekends ago we brought my car in for service and decided that we would go out for brunch.  We don’t often eat breakfast or brunch out so we just couldn’t think of a place to go and knew we were close to The Cheesecake Factory so we headed over there.  While driving though I realized how close we were to Buford Hwy and dim sum just popped into my mind.  Well as luck would have it The Cheesecake Factory wasn’t yet open and so I suggested dim sum to Eammon who said sure, why not because he’s generally good for most foods.  Unfortunately though I didn’t know off hand of a place and I was certainly NOT heading back to the place were we had once eaten.  Out came the iPhone and after a quick restaurant search and read of reviews we found a place and were on our way.  Oh sweet joy it was as good as I remember the restaurants in Boston being…only a LOT cleaner and with some of the wait staff speaking English.  The waitresses fawned over Maisie and I enjoyed all the variety and tasty treats that I had missed for so many years. 

Truth be told I enjoyed it so much that when Eammon returned last Friday from Houston I suggested that Saturday we do dim sum again.  Two Saturdays in a row and life is good! 

IMG_6276Between our two visits we enjoyed quite a few dishes in addition to these, everything was so delicious.

IMG_6283After dim sum Eammon wanted a coffee so we headed down the road to Milano bakery where Eammon sipped on a fabulous mocha and I enjoyed a Thai bubble tea, yummy! 

I’ve probably had my fill of dim sum and treats like bubble tea for a while but the food and drink were all delicious and comforting bringing back many fond memories.

IMG_6328We truly enjoyed gorgeous weather over spring break and by Sunday K & A had returned from their trip and it was warm enough outside for the children to get in their bathing suits and play with the hose.   Here Eammon is getting ready to shower them with water. 

PC050007I noticed that Maisie’s swim suit was starting to look a tiny bit faded and I looked back through the blog to find the picture above which is first picture I have of her wearing this swim suit.  It was December 2008 and we were in Aruba.   Good thing I really loved the suit when I bought it because I’ve seen a lot of it through the years and it’s gotten plenty of wear.  Maisie seems so small in this picture from 2008 but I guess that the suit was a bit big on her at the time.

Today we are back on schedule with school, homework and gymnastics keeping little Miss Maisie busy for the day.  This morning she was really looking forward to seeing her friends and teammates again so I’ll bet that she’s having a wonderful day.


Today is day eleven in my quest to blog each and every day this month as I’m participating in M3’s Spring Fling! 30 posts in 30 days.  If you have questions, anything that you’d like to know or would like me to blog about, please either leave it in the comments or shoot me an email.  Thank you for following along with Moments with Maisie and we love all the comments.


  1. I LOVE dim sum! Michael and I used to go for dim sum on a regular basis, but it's probably been a good eighteen months or more since our last dim sum experience.

  2. Oh dear, now you've got me craving dim sum! We've had good luck at the International District here in Seattle. The restaurants often look worn and no one really speaks English, but the food is very good.

    I have to admit, I'm jealous of your sunshine and warm weather. It's pouring rain here AGAIN and it's turning my mood as gray as the sky. Bah.

  3. I love dim sum, unfortunately, there are no good dim sum restaurants here. But we certainly get our fix when we travel to New York :-)

  4. Looks delicious. It is wonderful to get back to a regular schedule. Love the pics with the hose and glad that it will be cooling off just a little bit this week.

  5. I'm going to have to try that place! Yum! You know how much Bri loves dumplings. :D

  6. Is it kosher to ask which dim sum place to steer clear of? I've been begging my sister ever since her study abroad in China to be my field guide at a dim sum place in Atlanta (I live in northwest Georgia), but we don't have a clue where to start.

  7. Becky, if you want some really wonderful dim sum I'd suggest that you try our Canton House Chinese on Buford Hwy. I hope that you and your sister enjoy.

  8. I'll have to check that out - thanks :)


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