Spontaneous Shopping for Squid
The laundry saga continues - four load dried on the line, and one aborted attempt to launder at the closest laundromat. My cheapskate side flared up when I got a load of the $3.50 for a wash price and $3.75 for 45 minutes in the dryer. That's almost $8 a load, and since I'm going to be shelling out some bucks to repair the stupid dryer in my house, I just shied away from the shiny, noisy machines and ran back home to my clothesline.
Actually, my parents had picked up the kids this morning for a little trip to the local redwoods. With about four gloriously child-free hours to do things, my husband and I did some, um, things, and then we decided to check out the laundromat. After I had my moment of sticker shock and hasty retreat, I decided that my day wouldn't be complete without a trip to the local Asia Mart.
My husband is half-Korean, and grew up eating things like dried cuttlefish and hot and spicy seaweed as snacks, so I knew he'd be down for it. We pulled into the parking lot and grabbed a basket.
Man, we had so much fun! We prodded packages and sniffed things. We pretended to read labels and marveled at the Pocky selection. We debated which type of mochi was the best. We browsed through aisle after aisle of Really Weird Looking Foodstuffs. I almost bought some cute little rice bowls about 5 different times. I did buy some really cute chopsticks. And some fried tofu. And some candies. Crispy anchovies coated in sesame seeds? Dried squid jerky? Kimchi? Yes. All of that and more.
Finally check out, we toddled to the car toting our box full of snacks, we had ourselves a laugh over our bounty. We came home and cooked a big pot of sticky rice and had ourselves a little party.
I was in one corner savoring my passionfruit tea and mochi balls, while my husband was in the other corner, chewing sheets of seaweed and crunching on anchovies.
Yeah, our breath smells awesome.