I went to the ferry building farmer's market with Mie and Tesla yesterday, and had a great time. It certainly was a success, I bought parsnips, levain bread, pea shoots, shortbread squares, jam, cheese, and had chilaquiles and a pumpkin seed tamale with a pineapple cucumber agua fresca for lunch! I woke up thinking about it this morning, and realized it wasn't just the fabulous sunny t-shirt weather, or that I found many of the things that I had been hoping to find, or that everything we ate tasted so good. Well actually that last part definitely was part of it. I realized in thinking about it, that so much of what made everything so enjoyable was that as we went along, Mie and I shared just about everything we ate. This may seem like a small thing to you, but I realized this morning how much that means to me.
One of the things I loved about C soon after getting together with him, was that he was willing to split dishes with me while out for brunch. I have long had the conundrum of when out for brunch of being torn between savory and sweet and having a lot of difficulty with having to choose one. There was never an option in my mind, especially in college, of ordering more than one thing, both for cost and portion purposes, and here was a solution! But it also was about sharing the experience.
Food to me has always been more enjoyed when with others, much much more than alone, so much so that I will often irritate my friends by irritating them by insisting they try something I have, regardless if they want to or not. When I woke up this morning thinking about it, I just realized that with Mie, it's not just that we often like the same things, or are equally excited about trying new things, or are equally excited at the prospect of discovering something good, it's that all of that happened without even thinking or talking about it, it is just part of the flow, the experience. When we needed lunch we each automatically suggested what to share, and when she needed something sweet I suggested that we try the bakery stand I like, and we bought something we both were interested in. I loved the rhubarb gallette we ate, but not just because it's one of my favorite fruit desserts, and not just because I didn't have to commit to the whole thing to get some, but because as we ambled along the market, passing it back and forth it was so much more than just the pastry. Thank you sis.
And those shortbread squares? The ones with the caramel and dark chocolate covering? They are, as XT would say, my new Kryptonite. I thought I was in trouble with the chocolate ice cream bonbons from TJ's, but these things, a whole new land of trouble. And I bought a five pack. I am so screwed.