I think we were just talking about the evening’s UFC match and NPY said to me, “You’ll like this,” as he settled on a television programme after some channel surfing. I saw some Asian faces and thought it was a back-story piece on one of the upcoming fighters and got perplexed as it did not follow the usual fanfare. You see, we had tuned into the middle of the fifth episode of season three of Food Network’s Family Restaurant, the wedding episode set in Beijing titled “Love’s Companion is Sacrifice”. I turned away from the show to not spoil the “plot” while investigating how this show aired in January 2009 and escaped my attention (quite easily, actually).
Chinese Restaurants, Family Restaurant, what have you. I don’t watch the Food Network, nor end up on Global which re-broadcasts Family Restaurant. The first two seasons of Family Restaurant featured a Greek family restaurant and in early 2009 I was probably not yet following some Asian-Canadian/American blogs that would have notified me. I’ll just be rectifying the situation and getting caught up somehow to the five episodes that have re-broadcast so far, although I can’t find episodes at my usual sources, it being really Canadian and all.
The Quons now run The Lingnan, a Chinese restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta with 64 years of history. The Quon family has run the establishment for nearly 63 and oversaw the move to its present location. Thinking for a moment, that is really quite a legacy to be proud of for the current manager, Miles Quon, who is the third generation to run the restaurant.
The Quon’s Family Restaurant season is a mere 10 half-hour episodes long and based on the five minutes we watched in shock and horror of the Beijing episode (the wedding was so gaudy) and reading the restaurant website and looking at the photo gallery (every square inch of wall covered with gold and red “Imperial Palace” decor), I can already get an idea of the family–overbearing mother with no idea how loud she is and the product of her upbringing, a doofus sounding son. I hope to stand corrected.
With my family’s 20-year foray into own their own business also in a smaller Canadian city thus having to cling to serving dishes covered in flourescent red sweet and sauce, I simply have to watch this whole season and hopefully report back sooner rather than later.