This morning, I had a crown fitting. Let me re-phrase that: I went to the dentist (who is a very nice man, BTW) and had my back molar blasted away and fitted with the temporary crown. It did not hurt, of course – until the numbness wore off. Ow! And my tongue was injured! – Double Ow! I’m sure that the big bowl of acidic gazpacho that I had for lunch helped to cauterize the wounds…
After the dentist, I decided to go to an Asian market. My original intent was to see if they have the Shirataki Noodles that I paid $1.50 for at Whole Foods. I did find some, but they looked a bit like baby eel. In an internet ADD moment, I found this quote from the Living La Vida Lo Carb blog: “The natural looks kind of disgusting. It’s clear with brown dots. However they taste exactly the same.” I’ll consider it next time!
I ended up spending over an hour and $40 there, anyway. I entered the market and was greeted by an unpleasant smell – as if the garbage had been left in the store! I should have known that it was durian season! After I got past produce, I did what I usually do in a new market. I methodically go down the aisles. I picked up an avocado, a green bell pepper, and won ton wrappers (to try this recipe for guava empanadas).
The rest of the time was spent on the sundries aisle, purchasing joss paper – they had SO many gorgeous sets! Okay, I had already heard a great story from my friend Laura about one of her artist friends purchasing the joss paper in Houston’s Chinatown for art. The women in the shop were horrified. I just found this post that explains a bit of this – apparently, I must be sensitive. I don’t know if that is possible ;-)!
I did buy two packages of Vietnamese sponge cake molds and what I assume are rice cake molds. I couldn’t resist. The former look like a little like this, but come in a wide variety of shapes and imprints. The latter are made of clear plastic or acrylic. and are a little larger. What am I going to do with them? I don’t know. I also purchase a flat tin with 21 circular indentations – I will use them for drying my day of the dead skulls. I bought some candles in yellow and red, a Mexican Naipes deck, a Loteria de Mi Tierra game.
Then I came home and took a nap.