By Lindsay

Does Valentine’s Day seem far away?  Got an itch to celebrate something sooner than the 14th?  Well then, check out Spice Market on February 3rd for their Chinese New Year Celebration!

year of the rabbit

Spice Market is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration to commemorate this important Chinese + Southeast Asian holiday for guests with symbolic food and drinks.  On Thursday, February 3, the restaurant will offer Chinese New Year-inspired cocktails, a special Bento Box to mark the occassion + fortune cookie prizes to complete the exciting meal.

spice market (w midtown)

At the bar, Tsing Tao beer will be available for $5 per bottle and there will be three different types of complimentary dumplings prepared by Chef Shaun Suter + served all evening long.  Two special cocktails will also be offered: the Strawberry Firecracker ($8), which contains fresh strawberries, basil, Thai chili, vodka and Cointreau and is garnished with Pop Rocks for a festive twist since firecrackers are an important part of the holiday celebration, and a Mandarin Orange Martini ($7).

In addition to Spice Market’s regular a la carte menu, a special Bento Box will be offered to guests for $30 that evening.  The Bento Box includes: coconut sticky rice; butternut squash soup; fragrant mushroom egg rolls with galangal emulsion; spicy Shanghai noodles with chilled silken tofu, garlic and herbs; duck curry or wok-fried grouper with Napa cabbage, water chestnuts and cucumber; and tangerine sorbet.  These items have symbolic meaning in Chinese culture:

Springs rolls symbolize wealth because their shape is similar to gold bars.

Noodles represent a long life; an old superstition says that it’s bad luck to cut them.

On New Year’s Eve, it is customary to serve a fish at the end of an evening meal, symbolizing a wish for abundance in the coming year.

RIP buddy

Tangerines and oranges are passed out freely during Chinese New Year as the words for tangerine and orange sound like luck and wealth, respectively.

For a sweet finale to the CNY celebration, each guest will receive a red fortune cookie (this is a unique twist on the traditional red envelopes that are usually given out for Chinese New Year to symbolize good luck).  The fortune cookies will contain discounts for Spice Market such as free appetizers or dessert, 25% off your entire check, 50% off wine or buy-one-get-one entrees.  Offers are only valid on a return visit.

Honestly, Spice Market hasn’t been on my radar for a while, but I’m definitely going to check this out!  It sounds like a blast – and I’m prepared to celebrate any holiday on the calendar!

i take my holidays v. seriously.

In fact, Slick + I decided to have dinner at Spice Market tonight (um…yum!) w/ another couple + see The King’s Speech afterwards.  Looks like I’ll be satisfying my Chinese food cravings twice in two weeks!  Don’t mind if I do… 

CNY 2011 (what, what, what!)

Happy (almost) Chinese New Year!

xx, L

Spice Market
W Atlanta Midtown
188 14th Street NE
Atlanta, GA  30309

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