Can someone please tell me where the past three months have gone? Tomorrow night I’m catching a red-eye back to Toronto, and my soul can’t comprehend that three months have passed since I farewelled my Canadian housemate with lunch at Fresh. And yet, when I pause to consider everything I’ve done, everyone I’ve seen, the countless leaps of exultation that my heart has taken these past eleven weeks, I also can’t believe that the memories squish into such a small amount of time.
Back when I lived in Orange County in the early 90s, my family occasionally ate at Marie Callender’s as a treat. Here’s the first thing I remember about Marie Callender’s: Davy Crockett activity books for kids. Here’s the second thing I remember: Davy Crockett’s hat.
Here’s what I should remember about Marie Callender’s: pie. More specifically, the Razzleberry Pie, which has a glorious blend of rich fruity berrylicious filling and crumbly flavourful crust. The Banana Cream Pie (top of the post) was less my style. But look at the pretty!
I finally found out what funnel cake is while exploring a Cinco de Mayo street festival in Costa Mesa. My hosts and I didn’t actually buy any, because we’d just had a raw vegan lunch at 118 Degrees, but look at the pretty!
Less pretty but arguably more delicious were these Trader Joe’s Italian Sausage-less Sausages. Salty, spiced, fennel seed-y (I think), and wonderfully satiating, I was able to trick one of my hosts into thinking she was eaten real meat-based sausage with these. Vegan psych!
I found this local Californian La Monarca Candy Amaranto Brittle Candy (somewhat incongruously) at a Japanese market. I’m a fiend for all things nutty, brittle-esque, and crunchy, so this crispy and deep-near-burnt-caramelly-heavenly-I-want-more concoction of amaranth, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sugar, and vanilla made me happy indeed.
Anyone who has been to Japan (or a Japanese market) knows that Japanese bakeries tend to be jam-packed with soft, ethereally-fluffy, and creatively-flavoured-or-filled breads and buns. In California, I swooned for this green tea lightly-sweet cake-pastry-bread roll…
And why not end with sauerkraut? Spicy raw Madras Curry and Cauliflower Sauerkraut Salad by wildbrine, that is? Seems as good a place as any for me to stop typing random successions of words about a random succession of snacks.