It wasn't really a test, but lychees on the first date were certainly a good sign.
The first day that I met Mrs. HowChow, we paddled around Centennial Lake, and I brought a snack of trail mix and lychees. They're an Asian fruit with a tough skin loose over a firm, sweet flesh inside. They're moist and light-flavored. The consistency of a skinless grape, but with a tropical, slightly-tart taste and a dark seed inside.
That summer, they were my recent find at the H Mart in Falls Church, and I brought a bag for the blind date all the way in Howard County. I brought what I liked, and I figured it was good to know early if a woman doesn't like new experiences. On a broiling hot day, my date ate them up, talking and snacking as we sat beached in a little shade.
Lychees are back in season, and because of that date, I buy them at the H Mart in Catonsville. Worth every extra minute to drive east on Rte 40 for lychees and all the other great adventures that the H Mart offers.
800 N. Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228