Setting a Place for Adventure

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By definition, an adventure is “an exciting or dangerous experience, an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.” But I prefer the less foreboding interpretation: “an exciting or remarkable experience.”

With that in mind, I will tell you that one of my recent exploits involved many of the things one might expect to find on an adventure: exotic foods, beautiful scenery, interesting conversation, and a joyful sense of having been someplace new and exciting with good companions.

The place? Western Massachusetts. The adventure? A get-together with my friends Judith and Frank for dim sum…and then some!

(You might remember Judith and Frank from previous culinary adventures: Conversations and Confections, Ode to Artichokes and Friendship. Judith is a blogger, too, at Touch2Touch and A View from the Woods. )

When they heard I’d never had dim sum, they were quick to insist it be included on the iterinary, so off to Oriental Flavor in Amherst we went!

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Plate after steaming plate arrived at our table — crystal shrimp dumplings, crispy shrimp balls, pork shu mai, steamed tofu crepes — while we enjoyed a lively conversation about languages, food styles, trying new things and chicken feet.

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Thankfully, it was time for dessert! And we happily devoured two delicate egg tarts, and a pair of delicious omochi sticky rice balls filled with lotus paste and fried with seasame seeds.

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A ride through beautiful late-spring farmlands on a phenomenal Kodachrome day found us at Flayvors of Cook Farm in Hadley for three scoops of farm fresh ice cream. Chocolate Almond Chip! Black Raspberry Chip! Hadley Grass! What’s Hadley Grass ice cream? A sweet, pale-green concoction made from local, profusely-growing asparagus.

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Then it was back to Judith and Frank’s for continued conversations about good books and good writing, good food and good friends.

In her book You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote: “And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. You can do that only if you have curiosity, an unquenchable spirit of adventure.”

It was with both curiosity and a spirit of adventure that we ended our day by attempting our first-ever group selfie—here, for your enjoyment!

(To read more about our day, please see Judith’s post “To Touch the Heart.”)

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12 thoughts on “Setting a Place for Adventure

  1. I love culinary adventures and will certainly have that when I to to Ethiopia two weeks from tomorrow. I have eaten some Ethiopian food and love it so far, but sure there will be other things when I get there.

  2. I love the presentation of foods, the colours and textures, the shapes and richness they represent although I confess to being a bit of a coward when it comes to trying new ones!

    1. The plethora of food colors and textures and tastes is fascinating, isn’t it? My dad used to encourage me to try new things all the time – just one bite. : )

  3. Your post made me think of the many times that I have contemplated walking into the kitchen of a dim sum restaurant and proposing political asylum.
    (Frank, courtesy of JB)

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