Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Hey baby, how 'bout a date?

Ramadan marches on, and traditionally, the first meal you have when the sun finally sets is dates and milk. Dates, fruit of a type of palm tree (which is probably the biblical tree of life) and the staple food of many Arab tribes since the dawn of civilization, look and taste like giant golden raisins with a big seed in the middle: wrinkly, slightly sweet, and chewy. It's a tasty snack, and I'm sorry I only bought four of them at the market.

I ate them for lunch straight up, but I wish I had saved one to eat the popular way: replacing the pit with a lump of butter. Butter, as we all know, makes everything taste better.

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