Year of the Tiger, Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day share the Spotlight in 2010

Want to make this Valentine's Day 2010 a loud and noisy one, starting with the first stages, pop the champagne or the Prosecco and light up a few firecrackers.

Why?

Well, February 14, 2010 is not only the day when Lovers Rock, it also happens to be the Chinese New Year.

2010 is the Year of the Tiger as I was reminded by IDEEMAG, a French foodie site.

For those with low to nonexistent cooking skills they suggest Mix & Wok by Amoy, the taco kit treatment applied to Chinese food, not my cup of tea.

There are mo' better options like this Hunan Hot-and-Spicy Shrimp recipe (Leite's Culinaria, January 2010) from Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's book Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking (Chronicle Books, 2009). She's shown in action below.

A nice German Riesling would be a great pairing.

This year, let's have a Chinese flavored Valentine's Day.

Bonne Annee du Tigre!

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