Celebrating WontonInAMillion (and other local businesses)
Happy weekend, friends! My weekends are always great opportunities for me to sit back, reflect, and rejuvenate. There's no better way to do this than to indulge in one of my favorite meals, dim sum, and visit the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)! Yesterday (April 29th), I was so happy to celebrate Cynthia Koo's anniversary of her Etsy business, WontonInAMillion. You heard me right: a store dedicated to all things dim sum. Yum! The two-year anniversary mark was not only special because it's been twenty-four months running a successful business for Cynthia, but also because she's officially working on her business full-time now. That is just really admirable to me, and I love supporting people who dedicate themselves to their passion projects the way she has.
It was a fantastic occasion with plenty of delicious dim sum to sample, fun booths and activities, as well as admission to MOCA's current exhibits. It's a lovely little museum with more space than I expected, chock full of interesting exhibits and memorabilia. There was a great "Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy" exhibit that showcased the influence of Chinese cuisines in America. It was set up on a long table, banquet style, with abstract ceramics of various Chinese dishes alongside brief biographies and statements from famous Chinese American chefs. I geeked out when I saw Martin Yan's and Ming Tsai's bios (my dad raised me well)!
Here's a separate blog post where I share everything included. I absolutely loved my time touring MOCA as part of WontonInAMillion's birthday bash. If you couldn't tell already from the above, they have some great, evocative installations documenting the journey of Chinese immigrants and generations in America. From the formation of Chinatown enclaves, to the xenophobia that immigrants faced, and the population's participation in WWII, not only did I come away with a great dinner , but also a ton of information and a renewed sense of responsibility to my forefathers and my culture.
Plus, some goodies! Check out my separate blog post unboxing WontonInAMillion's Birthday Box!
Purchasing gifts and specialty items from small businesses is one of my favorite things to do, and if you know me well, you know that I am obsessed with Etsy shops. I love the idea that the items so lovingly packaged and delivered to my mailbox were handmade by somebody. It's so important to encourage people to do what they love, and I am more than happy to do so with my spending power.
The next time you're shopping for a gift for someone, consider buying from a local shop or small business! Not only will you be supporting someone's life and family, you'll also be gifting a one of kind item.