Why do we always point fingers at technology, certain music genres, violent video games, clothing styles, sexuality...? Why can we not stop and really analyse the interpersonal relationships we have with our children?
Table top games have become a serious thing at our house over the last few years. Table top games are a staple in Unschooling homes.
You do not know what the future will be like. You do not know what our children will need to know. You do not know how radically different the worlds of education and business will be in ten years or twenty years. The best that you can do is raise children who love to learn, know how to find the answers to their questions, and who are happy.
Apparently, food is a focus around here at the moment. A little over a week ago we were inspired to try out Nugget in a Biscuit and recently we were inspired to go on a spur of the moment Asian snack food run. The closest Asian grocery store to us that is open late is Oriental Market. We were inspired by some Smosh videos where Ian (and some times Anthony and Mari) try weird and random foods from all over the world. Each food gets tried and rated — uniquely rated I might add
We gathered up various snack foods and decided to have a very, um, scientific taste test of our very own. The following is our results from our experiment (lovingly collected and annotated by William).
Hello Kitty Marukawa Marble Gum (japan)
Elijah: 15,000,000/10 [orange flavor]
William: 8.25/10 [lemon flavor]
Mum: 9/10 [green grape]
notes: super delicious fruit smelling. really sweet. doesn’t stick to teeth makes your tongue numb(!?!)
Top Gum (Pokemon Hanging Model) (japan)
Elijah: pokemon rules/10 [oshawott]
William: it tastes like my childhood/10 [tepig]
Mum: 4.5/10 [snivy]
notes: Topp baseball card gum. but not entirely dried out and stale. oddly enough still brittle as all hell
Pei Tien Energy 99 Sticks (pumpkin flavor) (taiwan)
Elijah: not sure/???
notes: tastes a bit like spoiled oil to me
New York 101 Grain Rolls (taiwan)
notes: saltier than the Pei Tien, tastes less like oil
Ginbis Dream Animals Butter Flavored Biscuits (japan)
notes: cutest most educational box ever. E: “they taste how butter smells!” solid fucking butter. Best. Cracker. Ever.
Khong Guan Assorted Biscuits (singapore)
Elijah: 10/10 (K.G.B. creamy chocolate) 9.5/10 (‘jesus oreo’) 10/10(K.G.B. Delicious biscuit)
William: 9/10 (nice) 8.75/10 (vanilla lunch) 10/10 (puff) 5/10 (K)
Mum: 7/10 (puff) meh./10 (K)
notes: Hallal. super chocolate smell from the box. conveniently each cookie is labeled in the cookie mold. Best tea time cookie assortment ever.
Hello Panda Milk Cream Biscuits (singapore)
notes: I like that they aren’t very sweet. I won’t get a stomach ache from them. but they don’t have much flavor
Kasugai Fruits Mix Gummy Candy Mix (japan)
Elijah: 10/10 (apple) 10/10 (muscat)
William: 8/10 (muscat) 7/10 (grape)
Mum: 4/10 (grape) 9/10 (muscat)
notes: muscat is very delicious.
YamaMotoYama Teriyaki Nori (japan kinda; USA via Japan)
William: Best Snack Food Ever Made/Ever
notes: who doesn’t like roasted and spicy nori?
Kuang Chuan Frozen Green Tea (taiwan)
notes: not actually frozen. its just cold. fun translation issues there. (Note from M: after watching the ad, I believe frozen is the correct word.)
Vitasoy Mango Juice Drink Box (japan)
notes: it’s alright for a sugary box drink.
We had fun and got to eat lots of stuff! Huzzah! Have you done something similar? Have you been inspired to go raid your local Asian or ethnic grocery store? Leave me a link to your blog post or YouTube video after you have a food tasting party of your own. If you are reading this and you happen to live in or very near to Oklahoma City, OK, I suggest you visit my favourite ethnic grocery store of all time: Super Cao Nguyen (every time you refresh the link you get new pictures!) and read this blog post about them!