Lunch at Sun Wah yesterday we took a subtle cue from the waiter and ordered a plate of snow pea shoots (dou miao) with garlic. These bright little greens held the purest expression of sweet pea essence in their tender crunchy leaves. Noticing our appreciation the waiter told us it was their first appearance of the season. Maybe the balmy 50 degree weather was partly to blame, or maybe it was the couple at the next table in tank tops and flip flops, but for this first time this year it hit me: spring is here–or at least it is in Mexico, where these came from.