Yesterday after our consulate appointment we ate at a very traditional Chinese restaurant. We were by far the youngest customers and the staff didn't understand a word of what we were saying. Thank goodness the menu had pictures! We ordered water for Charli and they brought out a glass of steaming hot water. This isn't the first time this has happened in China. But this time we couldn't get across to the servers that we wanted bottled water for the baby. Finally the precious waitress lost her patience with the dumb Americans. She poured the hot water into a bowl, blew on it, and gave it to Charli with a spoon. Charli must have done this before because she slurped up the entire glass. Our meal was delicious. We had beef and noodles, pork dumplings, and scallion pancake. We avoided the whole fried birds and pigs feet the other guests were enjoying.
On to something more familiar: The Guangzhou Starbucks is my favorite Starbucks of all time. Charli enjoyed more steaming water this time over ice.