green2Go Restaurant, Bar & Bakery

green2GO a unique organic restaurant, marketplace and bar that's changing the world with beautiful, delicious, sustainable food in Brea, CA

green2Go is a unique organic restaurant, marketplace and bar in Brea California that features healthy, clean, delicious and beautifully prepared food from local sources. green2Go's model of sustainability creates a farm to fork experience unlike any other restaurant or market in America or the world. Stop by today to see what clean, healthy, beautiful food tastes like.

Year of the Rabbit

Since ancient times, Chinese New Year is a time for reflection on how people have behaved during the past year and about what they believed in most.

Celebrations start tonight (NY's eve) and will go through February 15th ~ for the Xin-Mao year.  Most Rabbit years are quiet, positive and inspiring ~ a refreshing change after the fast-moving and quite dramatic Year of the Tiger. Family, diplomacy and personal development will be highlighted in 2011.

In preparing for the new year, people clean their homes thoroughly ~ cleaning out the 'dirt' from the past year. And then at midnight (tonight), it is usual to open your doors and windows to let the old year out and the new year in!  

Chinese New Year is steeped in tradition, many of which are associated with food.  Almost every dish prepared for this celebration has a symbolic meaning or name that sounds like the Chinese characters for fortune, happiness, longevity and prosperity ~ 

Tangerines and oranges are offered representing gold and wealth; 

Platters of 5 different foods are often offered representing the 5 blessings of the new year: longevity, riches, peace, wisdom and virtue. Great care is taken to serve an even number of dishes to bestow "double happiness" on the family.

To ensure completeness and to avoid misfortune, most New Year dishes are prepared with uncut or whole ingredients ~ serving a whole chicken during the Chinese New Year season symbolizes family togetherness; uncut noodles represent long life.

The word for fish, "Yu," sounds like the words for both wish and abundance. As a result, on New Year's Eve it is customary to serve a fish at the end of the evening meal, symbolizing a wish for abundance in the coming year. For added symbolism, the fish is served whole, with head and tail attached, symbolizing a good beginning and ending for the coming year.

Custom dictates that most families begin the first day of Chinese New Year with a vegetarian meal to counteract the effects of the excessive feasting on New Year's Eve. The meat-free meal is also considered fortuitous for attracting good karma by refraining from eating anything that has been killed.

Farewell to the Year of the Tiger.

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green2Go
2435A E. Imperial Hwy. 
Brea, CA 92821
Store: (714) 482-2130

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