What did you eat this year that you will never forget?  What went into your mouth and touched your soul?

Elise Marie Collins

Snails and hearts.

I had the opportunity to visit Vietnam with a friend and stay with several of her family members as we traveled.  They were gracious hosts who were quick to offer me the best.

At dinnertime, this meant that the delicacies found their way to my bowl.

There was only one heart at each meal.  And it was always mine.

The host would offer it with such joy that there was no turning it down.   I never developed a taste for the leathery meat and iron flavor, but I could see that accepting it was accepting them.