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A celebration keyed to the Asian year took place not long ago at a restaurant on Powell Blvd

RITA A. LEONARD - Costumed Year of the Dog dancers performed at the Rose VL 2 Deli on February 24, with the owners of the Vietnamese restaurant looking on: Christina Luu &William Vuong, at center. The "Rose VL Deli" (also known as "Ha VL 2") at 6424 S.E. Powell Boulevard threw a post-Lunar New Year (Year of the Dog) celebration recently. Colorfully costumed "dogs", and the White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance Band, provided culturally-authentic outdoor entertainment – ending in a cloud of colorful confetti.

The celebration focused on authentically-costumed dancing "dogs" over 7-feet-tall, accompanied by colorful dance band drummers in the parking lot facing Powell Boulevard, and attracted the interest of passers-by to the lively presentation. Some went inside to check out the restaurant's menu.

The restaurant makes its own flavored teas, coffees, and ice cream in-house, and offers daily soup specials. A special touch involves black and white rice served in the shape of a star. Last year, the restaurant received a James Beard Foundation award for "Best Chef Northwest".

Owners Christina Luu & William Vuong tell THE BEE they have been open for nearly three years at this location, although their son's restaurant – "Rose VL 1", on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, has been open for 15 years.

The Powell site offers authentic Vietnamese dishes with indoor and outdoor dining Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They added that they offer take-out and deliveries (phone 503/206-4344), and can accommodate customers' food allergies.

And they expect to offer a similar celebration next year too.

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