Can you feel it? Love is in the air! It’s Tu B’av!
At shabbat dinner tonight, my parents (who just celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this week) shared the story of how my mother won my father’s heart by bringing him home-made latkes every week – schlepping them on the subway from East Flatbush, Brooklyn to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, then a few hours’ bus ride to his Army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
After my mom & dad shared their story, my wife recalled how when we were first dating, a mysterious delivery person showed up at her door when she was home sick from work. She kept trying to send him away, since she hadn’t ordered anything, but thankfully he was very persistant, and finally she let him in. He handed her the package that I had ordered and had sent via courier to her apartment in Brooklyn: her favorite bubble tea from Saints Alp [sic] Teahouse in Chinatown, which she had laughingly watched me struggle to keep down on one of our first dates. It not only cheered her up; it was a foundational moment in our relationship.
So, nu, what’s the foodiest thing you’ve ever done for love?