No, Mom and Sandy, Alison is not pregnant.
But on Monday, we realized we had been in China for over 9 months, meaning we technically had a China baby, and decided to celebrate by getting all dressed up
and going on a date to the highest rated restaurant in Beijing, Capital M, considered one of the best in the world. Overlooking a gorgeously lit up Tiananmen Square (with the Forbidden City in the background), we had delicious Australian wine, our favorite appetizer (scallops in a deconstructed mint and pea sauce!), and then, the true reason we went there, their famous dessert platter. From left to right (bottom front): nasty tart thing (only bad thing we had all night), delicious egg-white and cream creation that was melt-in-your-mouth goodness, passion fruit creme brulee, chocolate raspberry tart, and something that looked like a sopapilla but was EVEN BETTER (it had like a light sweet cream in it). (Back) homemade coconut sherbert, buttery icecream (sounds weird but oooooh so good), and then this homemade berry marzipan (Alison's favorite of the bottom tier, I think). On the top was their signature dessert, a pavlova, which we had never heard before but now won't be able to live without. Basically, it's a tower of lightly flavored meringue, topped with tropical fruit, covered in passonfruit sauce.
We took breaks between each dessert and asked each other hard hitting questions--favorite part of being here (not related to travel or living together), what we are most looking forward to most about moving back, etc. So fun to relax and enjoy each other's company.