Got a leisurely start to the day, and decided to visit the Chico market with Donna. It was small but lively, offering up lots of tasty treats (mmmm, breakfast burrito, how I love you), fresh produce, and funky crafts. Alas, we were unable to stay long, as we needed to hit the road and reach our next destination: San Jose, to visit our friend Jeannette and her family. Armed with some snacks from the Indian stand, we hopped back into the car and headed south.
We made it to Jeannette and Henry's house in time for some catch-up conversation before heading to an authentic Cantonese dinner. Jeannette and Mark have a long history of playful antagonism each other, particularly when it comes to trying new foods, and when Mark mentioned he didn't think he'd like to try jellyfish, Jeannette jumped at the chance. Archly stating that they had a policy with Hadley, their 5-year-old, that you have to try something at least *once* before deciding you don't like it, Jeannette instructed Henry to order up some jellyfish for Mark to taste. Meanwhile she mentioned that Hadley loves jellyfish... would Mark be outdone by a preschooler? Certainly not! Not that Hadley is just any run-of-the-mill 5-year-old. First of all, his parents are brilliant, so he's won the genetic lottery. Second, Jeannette speaks Fukien and Henry speaks Cantonese (two Chinese dialects), so their favorite game to play with Hadley is "translate what Daddy just said so Mommy can understand it" or vice versa. Wow. In spite of it all, Hadley *is* a normal five-year-old kid, who just happens to love jellyfish as well as fire trucks.
Long story short, the jellyfish was actually pretty good! Somewhat reminiscent of seaweed salad in texture, and flavored with a soy mixture. I had a second helping. Never say never when it comes to trying new foods... at least once!
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