I always go out of my way to have not-American food on July 4 each year. I used to do it to be ironic, but eventually it occured to me that it was pretty much the ideal melting pot celebration. Besides, what food can America claim as its own? Nothing worth celebrating, that’s for damn sure. So I went with bánh bò, sushi and a green tea smoothie yesterday. Not all at once, though because seriously, major vomit noises.
“Green tea smoothie” is a pretty weird idea for a drink, now that I stop to think about it. It’s like… a blended ice drink, but barely sweetened, and with a strong roasted aftertaste. I think it’s the combination of “icy smooth texture” and “earthy burnt flavor” that makes it so strange — like having gazpacho for the first time and not realizing it’s served cold, it takes a minute for your brain to reconcile the fact that your tongue is experiencing a hitherto unimagined gastronomic sensation.
Retronauts update: Episode 27 will go up sometime tomorrow. There is, in fact, a very good reason for this. But I’ll let you hear the episode for yourself to learn why. And yes, you’ll find out what happened to Ray.
E3 terror: Apparently I will be interviewing Shigeru Miyamoto in some capacity, so I’m open to suggestions for questions. Advance warning: I will absolutely ban anyone who tells me to ask when he’s translating Mother 3.