One of the reasons we love being here in China is the food. Becky, the NH woman who with her husband, Ryan, are in their second year of teaching here said one reason they chose this part of China is because the food isn’t spicy. But we can get a variety of choices including nice and spicy Sichuān. I did worry after reading Tim Clissold’s memoir Mr. China that relates his often mystifying experiences of doing business in China in the 1990s. Clissold describes his business deal agreements made at lavish banquets where the normally tasty and healthy Chinese food is replaced by the exotic such as fish lip stew, husband and wife–lungs soaked in chilies, rabbit ears, and the very special treat — deer’s whip (deer penis). The food is eaten while each person tries to out toast the others resulting in very drunk participants. I wasn’t looking forward to such events. Then at the beginning of the semester here, the ZAFU English Department invited the other foreign language teachers, Barry, and me out for a lavish banquet. Oh, no!! But I liked the many tofu and vegetable dishes including circle-shaped fried potatoes with happy faces cut into them. Other things as a vegetarian I didn’t eat were the regular Chinese chicken, pork, fish, and beef dishes. There were exotic choices too: duck tongues, pig ears, frog soup, and eels!! Barry said the eel was particularly good. We could drink beer if we chose, but the wonderful Lin’an tea was available, and pressure to eat and drink was not a part of the ZAFU English Department event, which I really enjoyed. I willingly go to any Chinese banquet.