During my eight years in Taiwan, I learned to adore Chinese food in all its permutations. One sweet snack I loved in particular would start showing up in the local pastry shops as Chinese New Year rolled around.
Budget travelers fear not. In a country where a brand new 2012 Toyota Camry costs $146,000, and million-dollar Ferraris and Lamborghinis are driven on the roads daily, there are plenty of alternatives that won't send your checking account into cardiac arrest.
Restaurants and bars in Washington, D.C. are turning up the heat with special menus for the season. Some celebrate the inauguration, some celebrate the New Year (Chinese and otherwise), and some simply celebrate the quiet bounties of winter.