August 15, 2002

Identify Things Before Eating Them

Memo to self: It is best, when snacking on the salad ingredients, to identify that what you think is an almond mixed in with the olives actually is an almond--rather, than, say, a whole garlic clove--before eating it.

Posted by DeLong at August 15, 2002 05:52 PM | TrackBack

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Thinking of which, try a Chinese olive some time. If there's a more repulsive snack food in the world, I've not met it.

Posted by: on August 15, 2002 06:51 PM

Try Japanese salted plums. They're called umeboshi and they'll pucker every hole you have.

Or even better, try Chinese jellyfish salad. Mmmm...

Posted by: Kieran Lyons on August 15, 2002 08:48 PM

Wimp. The whole garlic cloves are good. It's those wrinkled up hard peppers that you need to be wary of.

Posted by: J. Michael Neal on August 15, 2002 08:54 PM

You're all pansies! Garlic cloves are great, pickled hot peppers are perfect, and umeboshi are just plain tasty. I haven't tried the Chinese olives yet...*marks 'to-do' list*

On the other hand, I haven't met anyone else who subsitutes hot vinegar and salt for hard liquor so maybe I'm the one who is odd.

Nah...

Posted by: Nameis on August 16, 2002 01:03 AM

I won't doubt that those things are good, but when you're about to crunch on an almond you don't a mouthful of garlic.

Kinda like when I was working out and took a swig of a friends water and got a mouthful of Vodka, it's not that it was bad, just not what I was expecting.

Posted by: Joshua Ferguson on August 16, 2002 04:10 AM

AT least you won't have to worry about vampires . . .

Posted by: rea on August 16, 2002 04:48 AM

I think there might be something wrong with Trackback; I am 100% sure I saw a link to this somewhere else.

Posted by: Daniel Davies on August 16, 2002 05:20 AM

A friend, who's 3yr old was trying to feed him raisins, thought to ask her (before actually eating one)where she got them. Her reply...."the rabbit made them".

Posted by: slimperu on August 16, 2002 07:57 AM

reminds me of one of my favorite moments on M*A*S*H (remember it? the show that you used to be able to watch over and over for laughs -- now it's Seinfeld?)

anyway, it's frank burns' birthday and he commandeers hapless pvt. igor's tapioca because it's frank's favorite and the private says "i wouldn't do that sir" but frank does anyway and digs in, munching, "mmm, raisins," and the private says, "no sir, flies."

Posted by: dan truly on August 16, 2002 08:33 AM

If you put a tablespoonful of white horseradish on the plate next to your gefilte fish, be careful.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs on August 16, 2002 08:46 AM

I guess the surprise factor of getting garlic instead of an almond would be a shock, but I concur in the virtues of pickled garlic. And it even is alleged to dispel mosquitoes, although that did not work this past summer in interior Alaska. I consumed garlic in mass quantities, and still got devoured.

Posted by: John Cunningham on August 16, 2002 09:27 AM

I guess the surprise factor of getting garlic instead of an almond would be a shock, but I concur in the virtues of pickled garlic. And it even is alleged to dispel mosquitoes, although that did not work this past summer in interior Alaska. I consumed garlic in mass quantities, and still got devoured.

Posted by: John Cunningham on August 16, 2002 09:28 AM

I guess the surprise factor of getting garlic instead of an almond would be a shock, but I concur in the virtues of pickled garlic. And it even is alleged to dispel mosquitoes, although that did not work this past summer in interior Alaska. I consumed garlic in mass quantities, and still got devoured.

Posted by: John Cunningham on August 16, 2002 09:28 AM

At least you didn't mistake wasabi for guacamole, which I've seen newbies to California do!

Posted by: Curt on August 16, 2002 04:16 PM
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