It's interesting, the way different spicy foods affect you.
Wasabi is sharp, like having a knife stuck in your head. A lot of 'spicy' foods have a warm, burning feeling. Hot peppers (and everything made from them and their derivatives, esp. the oil from them) do the whole burning thing.
Is anything else sharp like wasabi? I can't think of it if there is. It's almost like an ice cream headache, actually. (And it's not going away, damnit.)
I enjoy spicy foods sometimes, but I never understood why some people seem to live for that hot stuff. My brother, for instance, and my father, are both really into eating hot stuff. They live and die for it. My brother, especially, was mildly psychotic about it when he was younger. I remember him being brought to tears by something he was eating once. After a minute or two of wincing and drinking juice and the like, he wiped off his face a bit, and then dove right back in.
Does anyone else think that's just... a bit... weird...?
The thing is, I've known a lot of people who seem to derive great pleasure from the epicureal equivalent of drinking a bottle of lighter fluid and swallowing a lit match. Can someone explain this concept to me? I don't get it, I really don't.
Saw T today, he came back to visit. He's the senior sys admin that left a few weeks ago, the reason they hired me. He's a nice guy. Bought us all keychains from his time in Thailand. (He also went to China and Taiwan, lucky bastard.) We chatted for a moment before I left to get my lunch.
Lunch was, if you hadn't guessed, sushi. Specifically inari sushi, because I'm just not into raw fish. I could eat it, I suppose, but I have no desire to eat it. I do rather enjoy inari, though. For those of you not familiar with it, it's a packet of fried dofu (bean curd, also known as tofu), stuffed with rice, and marinated (pre-stuffing) in a sweet sauce at least partially based off soy. It's a bit hard to describe, but I really love 'em. I think I could eat it every day and not have too much of it. It also makes a wonderful counterpoint - to the soy/wasabi that you dip it in. Very, very nice. The problem is that, like all sushi, it's expensive. 80 cents a piece, which means that my lunch today was a good $5.60 plus soda and tax and everything ($7.01 total). That's a lot of money to pay for rice and bean curd, even if it is damn good. Of course, to get 7 pieces of any other type of sushi would cost 8 or 10 bucks plus the soda at most places, so I can't complain that much. Daikichi is pretty cool, though, it's really cheap compared to most sushi places, and it's still decent (not great) quality. It's basically a fast-food sushi place, if that makes any sense. Kinda nifty. Too pricey to eat there every day.