Jason & I have been fighting nasty coughs for the past week and spent most of our time indoors hacking our lungs out (and feeling super grateful for jobs that allow/require us to stay at home).
The dormitory ayi (means "maid" and also "auntie" -- not sure on the correlation there) has been really sweet and excitedly shared a special treat with us on Thursday in celebration of the last day of the Chinese Spring Festival which began on Chinese New Year.
Seeing the coloring, we both assumed that these little globules were filled with red bean paste (which is pretty decent tasting). Jason popped one into his mouth and was completely surprised by what was inside instead!
What was actually inside was a sweet, black, grainy mixture that we had never tasted before. Having dissected one, I tried a whole one and it wasn't too bad, just really different than we'd expected. I described this to one of our students who thought it was sesame ... don't be too jealous ;-)
On a more fun note, Olivia (my friend Natalie's baby) turned one month old this week and is already rocking a very cute style!