NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- On the Chinese calendar, 2010 marks the year of the tiger. In honor of year 4708, which officially starts Feb. 14, restaurants across the U.S. will offer lavish feasts with bold flavors symbolizing good luck and prosperity.Food takes on new meaning during this time. Noodles symbolize longevity, while sweet rice dumplings represent family unity. Serving fish with the head and tail intact is thought to bring a good beginning and end to the year. It's a time when traditional dishes make their way onto menus, allowing adventurous eaters an opportunity to sample cuisine that's otherwise unavailable.
|The 16.5-foot tiger at the Palazzo in Las Vegas.|