When Nic Ruffy came over to DC two months ago, he showed his appreciation for my being a tour guide by presenting me with a bag of kiamoy from Aji Ichiban. Since then, I’ve had great fun introducing my friends to the startling wonders of this Chinese snack. The bag is still half-full to this day, and I’m taking it to Screen on the Green tonight. (Yes, two months later, the kiamoy is still edible. What with all the preservatives, this stuff lasts practically forever.)

(Kiamoy: Dried preserved plums coated in salt, sugar, and licorice powder. Intensely salty and sweet and sour all at once. NIBBLE ONLY. DO NOT POP IN MOUTH WHOLE. The seeds are still in the plum, and the flavor is VERY intense. Great prank food. ;)