May 2003

Imagine this.

You scoop a whole tablespoon of the mixture onto the petite dish in front of you.

You pour soy sauce all over it.

You ask for a glass of ice water.

You pack the mixture back onto the spoon.

You take a deep breath.

You plunge the spoon into your mouth.

You try to swallow.

It doesn’t work.

You feel your tongue being scorched.

You feel your eyes starting to water.

You gulp down the ice water.

You start to choke.

You start to panic.

You try to catch your breath.

You desperately swallow what’s left of the detestful mixture.

Slowly, your vision begins to clear.

You make a mental note never to eat wasabi by the spoonful ever again.