Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
July 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Peking offers good meals at modest prices By JONATHAN SHARP PEKING The floors are often the furnishings but the at- mosphere is good and for a cheap night out there is nothing to beat a meal the broad in one of Peking's many restaurants For the such out- ings offer an opportunity to rub shoulders with ordinary Chinese people in a relatively uncontnved setting Eating in a Peking restaurant involves the initial decision of whether to accept being1 shepherded into one of the special cubicles or rooms reserved for foreigners These private exten sions of the cocoon at- mosphere of the diplomatic compounds in the are where foreigners are expected to eat Indeed some restauiants insist that anywhere else would be convenient But an increasing number of establishments are learning that many foreigners do not went to be segregated from their Chinese fellow-diners They prefer to be with broad masses the term is a standard translation of a Chinese phrase meaning almost anybody who is not a senior official It sometimes requires a debate before the foreigner is allowed to eat in the public section One problem is that restaurants in China are often full so the management can argue that there is no room in the public section If the foreigner insists on a public seat he often the em- barrassing experience of see- ing Chinese in the middle of their meal being ejected from their table to make way for him LAY ON BEST The foreigner is made to feel different in other ways Some restaurants will produce starched table cloths and napkins and even silver while his Chinese neighbors make do with wooden chopsticks and a plain wooden table It is all part of the ritual of treating every foreigner as a guest of China At first sight many Chinese restaurants do not look in- viting They are run- down so it dirty Closer inspection shows that the high standards of hygiene in China apply in the restaurants as well Flies or cockroaches are a rarity Whatever problems the foreigner faces in efforts to be treated like an ordinary mor- his reward almost always comes in the excellent and varied food he can order Like all commercial restaurants in China are but the high traditional standards of cuisine in pre-Communist China have been maintained In Peking there are restaurants offering almost every regional cuisine in from peppery Szechuan food and Mongolian cook-it- yourself hotpot to bland Can- tonese fare Prices vary At the top of the scale at places renewed for the quality a banquet of eight or nine can cost 20 yuan just under a head about one-third the monthly wage of the average Chinese worker New York's East Side i teems with bargains Fewer Americans coming to Canada this year Passport Photos Candid Waddings Picture Framing Photo SuppliM A. 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CROSS STUDIO 321-0111 710 3rd S. 321-0222 OTTAWA Fewer Americans are coming to Can- ada this year but they are spending more a tourist official said Thursday A spokesman for the Cana- dian government travel bureau said the number of American visitors for the first quarter of this year was down four per cent But he said spending by these Americans was up 13 7 per cent over the same period a year ago He was commenting on Statistics Canada figures released Thursday Totem pole Frank and Joe both of Van- couver are busy carving a totem pole on Canada Island at Expo 74 in Spokane The 25 foot western red cedar log is being carved in the style of the Clayoquot Indians The pole will be presented to the city of Spokane during Canada Week at Expo in Aug- ust NEW YORK The pushcarts are about gone and the Rodriguezes are beginning to replace the Shapiros as but New York's Lower East Side still teems with bargain hunters On a recent the busiest day of the pants and dresses hung from store signs along Orchard Street and shoppers haggled with shopkeepers in Spanish and English Thousands of people pour in from the suburbs of Long Connecticut and New Jersey and from all over the city looking for bargains Pucci-designed robes for less than an uptown department a Sony television for less than at an uptown discount a piece of Samsonite luggage for less than at an uptown store Haggling over prices isn't as widespread as it used to but it s still a lively part of the scene vilt ir fun mayn leben9 do you want from my life9 a storekeeper said mournfully in Yiddish to a customer fingering a dress Tsu fil' said the customer and stalked off Yonah Shimrrrels on nearby Houston Street dispensed cheese potato and blueberry knishes by the hundreds On a nearby corner a Puerto Rican vendor was pouring sticky syrup over shaved ice for 25 cents a cup Rice and beans were on the menu at Castilo de Jagua on Essex while a nearby pizza stand did a brisk business And at Bernstein s also on Essex lines formed as shoppers waited to partake of corned beef and even kosher Chinese food Many of the shops have been in the same families for a half century and more Although they frequently look shabby and some of their owners have become wealthy Their businesses extend around the country and the world The last vestige of the truly small shopkeeper is the Essex Street an enclosed barnlike structure where the heirs of the pushcart era dispense their goods from small stalls renting for as little as a week New York City officials cleared the surrounding streets of pushcarts in the 1930s and built the market so the pushcart vendors could continue in business While kosher butchers still are there and an stall dispenses whitefish and other fare nearby another butcher advertises Especial Cube Steak And across a dimly lit corridor separating stalls is Santa Lucia Articulas Religiosos One of the oldest stalls is Julius the Candy with counters laden with peppermints lemon drops and numerous other sweets THE PASSPORT FACTORY 5 min Service on Passport. Citizinship. I.D. and Visa PHOTOS Upttairt E 303-5th SO. 328-9344 VACATION IN SUNNY MEXICO Departing Vancouver j B c Oct. 15 Fun That s what The Yacht to Mexico is all about Shes a ship with everything to make a great vaca tion A pool Sun and sport decks Movies Shows Restaurants Bars Nightclubs Includes stopovers in San Puerto Vallarta Manzanillo Acapulco and Mazatlan Return trip from San Francisco to Vancouver by Air included For further information and reservations contact AMA WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 608-5th Ave. 328-7921 Ample Free Parking at rear of building GOVERNMENT INSPECTED CANADA GRADE BEEF CHUCK Full cut. bladi or round bom Ib. PRICES EFFECTIVE TO SATURDAY CLOSING JULY 1974 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES CANADA NO. 1 GRADE CALIFORNIA GROWN Sweet and Juicy. UANAUA NU. I tlllftUC Ufl PLUMS LOBLAWS CHOICE PEELED TOMATOES 28fl.oz.tin KRAFT PARKAY SOFT MARGARINE Twin pack. Mb. net wt. pkg. LOBLAWS IN TOMATO SAUCE SPAGHETTI 14fl.oz.tin 'SOUPS ON' CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP 2 oz. net wt. foil pkg. 39 59 0 0 0 C GOVERNMENT INSPECTED 'ALBERTA GROWN' FRESH FRYERS Ib. GOVERNMENT INSPECTED CANADA GRADE 'A' BEEF PRIME RIB ROAST o 47 The King of Roasts. Ib. GOVERNMENT INSPECTED CANADA GRADE A BEEF Boneless Bar-B-Q. Spit Ready. Ib. uuvcnnmcm morcucu UANAUA UHAUC BEEF ROAST GOVERNMENT INSPECTED SWEET SMOKED SUGAR CURED SIDE BACON By the Piece only or end cuts. Ib. CANADA APPROVED SEA FOOD ALASKA BLACK COD Thick. Meaty Pieces Smoked. Ib. 1 1 85 99 49 C 0 FROZEN FOOD FEATURES VALUABLE COUPON SHORES CALIFORNIA ORANGE JUICE WITH THIS COUPON YOU MAY PURCHASE ONE 1-lb. wt. PACKAGE OF PALM 6II.OZ tin BANQUET-flEEF-TURKEY-SALISBURY STEAK Canada Firtt Grade BUTTER SAVE For Only FROZEN DINNERS This coupon effective till Saturday closing July 27th Redeemable only at L-Mart 11 oz. nit wt. pkg. POSTS ALPHA BITS 15 oz. nil wt. pkg. KRAFT CANADIAN PROCESS CHEESE 2 Ib nit pkg. Singlis.