Of course there was a Lion Dance going on during the more annoying time ever. Leave it to poor planning and gloomy outside weather to make everyone uncomfortable for about 20 mins as a completely non-asian troupe performed a traditional dance to the best of their abilities. You gotta give them a gold star for effort. The Lion Costume is always a great inspiration with the vivid colors, the comical shapes of the eyes and mouth and the ingenuity to fit so many people and coordinate them together.
Back to the food, check out the trip in the lower left corner, that creamy palette with the sprigs of green onion and you can see a little of the spiky looking bits reminds me of a sea urchin. The knobby looking spare rib to the lower right reminds me of bobble stitches in knitting.
Typically after Dim Sum it is followed by an extended food coma on the couch where I brainstorm and sometimes sketch ideas. Perfect mind and belly feed to get the creative juices flowing.
If you are wondering where in the world this is, it is simply Sunflower on North Sawmill Road. They even have the wonderful cart service that I love! In Chicago my favorite Dim Sum restaurant is Phoenix in China town close to the new section.