Our roll-aboards and we are off the plane at MIA and out in time to catch a cab and join Tom, Ellyn, and Haley for a fantastic New Year's Eve dinner at Mr. Chu's Taiwan Kitchen.
Tom had done a lot of research in anticipation of dinner - the reviews are actually mixed - but we have a great time and enjoy some excellent food, including, among other dishes, both Peking Duck and seconds (okay - and thirds) of Taiwanese soup dumplings, a new taste to us that Haley learned about during a recent college trip to Taiwan.
The restaurant itself isn't that busy and Mr. and Mrs. Chu spend some time with us. Luckily for us, they also take pity when no cabs are available at 10:30 p.m. New Year's Eve (what a surprise) to drive us back to our hotel. A young employee stuffs the five of us into her SUV and drives us back, only going astray once.
We thank her and arrive at our room just in time to watch some Midnight fireworks on the flat Miami horizon before calling it a night.
Happy New Year to All!