Sunday, July 01, 2007

Saturday

Yesterday, Sunshine's entire language department held class at the National Mall during the forty-first annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival,* partially dedicated to Mekong River cultures this year. Since she was meeting everyone a little bit later than her normal class schedule I decided to get up a little bit early and join them. Finally, yesterday morning, I met Sunshine's teachers. I also met a few of the students heading to Hanoi. Her southern dialect classmate, there's only the one now, I'd met already. The festival was great. At the tent dedicated to Thai silversmiths, there were dozens of delicate necklaces and bracelets, featuring polished jade in swirly silver floral settings. At the woodcarving tent, there was an insane ottoman-sized elephant carving with seamless looking, but nevertheless articulated, ears and tail. Intricate pathways deep in its wooden anatomy allowed it to occasionally pee into a hole in its base. Across the way, at the puppet tent, colorfully detailed two-dimensional warriors and animals, articulated by wooden posts, were available for people to handle between professional demonstrations. These were fashioned from stretched hide, and decorated with sequins and fabric and intricate cuts allowing backlighting to pinpoint here and there in the surface of otherwise dully translucent skins. At the weaving tent, beside displays of ochre, cochineal, cobalt and other raw materials used to dye silk, a woman operated a loom slowly enough for me to see what she was doing, but prestigiously enough for me to still be confused as to how she was doing it, even after ten minutes of standing a foot from her blurry hands. There was plenty more: traditional gong music and singing and lion dancing on stilts. I ate something new to me, too: coconut sticky rice with mango. Best food I’ve ever bought in a tent. [Cavin]

Then, a 4 sided conversation ensued...

To which Blogger Ellie added:

I am very suprised that you have never had Coconut sticky rice with Mango. They serve it at Bangkok Thai. I love it.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007 1:56:00 AM  
To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

You shouldn't be surprised, its not the type of thing I am usually drawn to. I don't love things that are predominantly sweet, and I usually favor rice as a decentralized thing. It’s like all those great Biryani dishes at the Indian restaurant. Or Teriyaki fried stuff at the ole' Japanese steakhouse. Why order an entree made out of a side order? At the Thai restaurant I am so interested in the coconut soups and green and red curries (and the salted sweet and sour whole fishes) that I never at all noticed there was a sweet rice-based thing I might like. Where's Bangkok Thai by the way? I've maybe never been there.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007 4:15:00 AM  
To which Blogger sunshine added:

Didn't we eat there with Richard and Christopher once? I liked it

Thursday, July 05, 2007 10:09:00 AM  
To which Blogger Ellie added:

We've eaten there together. It is on Holden. Across the street from Arigato.

Friday, July 06, 2007 3:05:00 AM  

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