Friday, July 08, 2011
How could you not love a zine called Marmalade Umlaut? And why won't blogger let me use an umlaut. Curses! Anyway, the awesome Maud of the blog Food Feud was kind enough to send me issue 17 of her food zine Marmalade Umlaut and I have to say, I enjoyed it thoroughly. For me, the best part about zines is getting a little peek into another person's world, and this zine had plenty of personal stories that I loved. I think Maud's food memory stories were my favorite! There are also several yummy looking recipes to try, bonus! Definitely hop on over to the Food Feud blog, it's full of all sorts of yummy deliciousness, thanks so much Maud!
In honor of Marmalade Umlaut, I thought I'd share a food memory of my own. Oddly enough, many of my food memories don't involve my actual family, but my second family, the Nguyens. I've known them and been super pals with Ted and Thao since I was 4 or so, and many of my earliest memories involve them. Anyway, fast forward to the teenage early vegan Kala years and one of the last time I was in California. The whole family (that is, the Nguyens, me, and my parents) wanted to get together to eat and in true Nguyen dad fashion, we ended up at a random restaurant in a strip mall in the valley. I don't remember what it was called exactly, but it had seafood and king in the name, I believe. So of course, I assumed that I would starve!
It was one of those restaurants where most of the menu wasn't in English so I felt hopeless that I could find a vegan morsel. But luckily, Nguyen dad saved me by talking to the waitress. After a few failed attempts at explaining what vegan meant, he had a brilliant idea and told her I was a strict Buddhist. Yes! You could see the little light bulb pop up over her head and she said "oh, no meat!" and she scurried off into the kitchen. She returned with a plate of yummy fried tofu and a noodly veggie soup for the little Buddhist impostor :)
Share one of your favorite food memories in the comments, I've love to read them!