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PEOPLE, you guys, sometimes they are just AWESOME.

Like when the quiet girl with the headscarf brings in a carafe of what she rather vaguely calls Arabic coffee and cups for sharing
and it's almost more fresh cardamom than coffee and there are these flowery notes too that you can't identify and it's like the best thing ever
and you go "wow this is amazing do you know if any restaurants around town serve coffee like this"
and she goes "no it's my family recipe, here, have some more, I'm going to bring it to class every Wednesday"

and she looks familiar, so you tell her about your autism spectrum disorder and prosopagnosia, because you try to be upfront about that especially when talking with people of color so that they won't have to feel like it's a race thing when you get confused (ah, intersectionality problems)

and she tells you it's okay and she loves the fact that you're a walking dictionary and you both get to talking about how everyone has different brains and it's okay

and it turns out that you were in a class together a couple years ago
the one where you were the designated loud heckler, and everyone either loved or hated it and still remembers you (she loved it)

and you find out that you're the same age and having the same career trajectory doubts and questions even though all the life reasons for why it's a problem are different ones
and it just helps so much right now.


Date: 2013-01-10 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thx for the reminder that I need to hit up the
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Thx for the reminder that I need to hit up the <a href=""Savory Spice Shop</a> in Sellwood for more whole cardamom, as my bottle's mysteriously gone missing. Hmm... ;-P

Date: 2013-01-10 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fred Meyer also sells whole cardomom seeds, which means you don't need to extract the seeds from the pods, but they keep their flavor as well as they do in the pods. Btw, I love the icon.

Date: 2013-01-10 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's awesome! And cardamom DOES make everything better, omg.

Date: 2013-01-10 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*wants Arabic coffee now*

Though it's possible I'm wanting the other bits of this story as much. Hm.


Date: 2013-01-10 01:42 pm (UTC)
ivy: (forest heart close)
From: [personal profile] ivy
I love little connections like that! Hooray for cardamom and awesome people.

Date: 2013-01-10 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This makes me happy! :)

Date: 2013-01-10 08:45 pm (UTC)
arethinn: glowing green spiral (Default)
From: [personal profile] arethinn
nom nom nom

Date: 2013-01-11 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hooray for good connections!

Date: 2013-01-11 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
rose water [can sub orange blossom water] are those floral notes, just a tiny bit.
we make coffee similar to this for special occasions...have a lovely turkish extra-powder-fine grinder and turkish coffee pot to make it in [supposed to let the powdered coffee or espresso beans mixed with powdered fresh cardamom (lots !) in water come to a boil, just, then turn down heat, then put back up to a boil, 3 times, then its ready...some folks add honey, we occasionally do [when we were taught the saying he used was this coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love], and then float a few drops of rose water [or orange blossom water if its all you have] in each tiny cup.
it's amazing and incredibly potent. i even eat the grounds ;)

Date: 2013-01-16 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay for cardamom and communication!


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