Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chinese School Field Trip to Seven Seas

Chinese culture centers and Chinese language schools in MoCo know us from our efforts at educating the community about Chinese culture. That's why Dragon World Chinese School principal Hsiu-Lan Wu brought her students to Seven Seas for lunch and a conversation with Edward and Corinna about the healthy traditions of Chinese cuisine.

The students, American-born Chinese youth aged between 12 and 17, heard about the benefits of a five-color diet. Many asked intelligent, thoughtful questions. We had a wonderful time hosting them!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dish of the Month - Jellyfish Salad

Ever been stung by a jellyfish? Now it's payback time, as we serve jellyfish salad appetizers. Ours includes thinly shredded scallions tossed with sesame oil, salt, a dash of sugar and a little soy sauce. Not only is it sweet revenge, but a delicious starter when you're in the mood to be adventurous.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Upcoming Events at Seven Seas

Mid-Autumn Festival - September 22, 2010
The Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival is the Chinese version of Thanksgiving. There are different folk tales of how this holiday came to be celebrated, and if anyone is interested in the stories, they can be found on 'trusty' ol' Wikipedia.
We will be coming up with specials for the day of the festival, so keep a lookout for them on this blog.

Rockville Restaurant Week 2010
Seven Seas is participating in Rockville Restaurant Week 2010 this year! We are offering pre-fixe, $8/lunches and $15/dinners from October 4 - October 10.

Check out the menus:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Multicolored Diet Is A Healthy Diet

Seven Seas' co-owner Corinna Shen has been on a mission to champion healthy eating habits for many years now. In 2008, she wrote a special column for the Epoch Times on finding balance through a five color diet. She first explains the benefits of a colorful diet from a traditional Chinese viewpoint, then relates it to modern, Western nutrition guidelines.

The traditional Chinese viewpoint:
In Chinese culture, food and medicine are closely related. The practice of traditional Chinese medicine places great emphasis on achieving balance in one's body for the regeneration of the body's systems and organs. This balance is referred to as yin and yang. An important aspect in attaining a balanced yin and yang is a well-rounded nutrition with at least five varieties of colors.

While the principles of yin and yang are relatively unfamiliar to the Western world, the Chinese have been practicing it since the 3rd century. Over 3000 years ago, the Yellow Emperor wrote in his classic book on internal medicine, Huangdineijing, that if people wanted to obtain health and longevity, they should eat food with "five colors, five tastes and five fragrances."