When the Weary Search for Food


Today’s Perfect Moment is a celebration of food and conversation in a great setting. When I write those words, I am convinced that all of you reading this are probably nodding your heads in agreement.  You know what I am talking about.  You get it.

The fact that the whole thing came together spontaneously without the help of YELP or Siri or something else is especially gratifying.

So let me set the scene. Weary ESL teachers, struggling to complete their paperwork while debating the use and misuse of prepositions, finally escape the classroom and the building. They veer quickly left upon exiting, avoiding students who might be lingering, wanting to ask one more question.

It’s Friday night.

With no thoughts but home, and sleep, we headed towards the subway station. The problem was that hunger was stronger than the will to make it to the subway platform.  Hunger needed to be heeded, consequences be damned.

Back on the street, with a bit of renewed energy, we chose a direction and walked. We had a plan B, but hoped that we might find something else before that.  Renewed vigour or not, we were not in the mood to walk that far.

As luck would have it, Vietnamese food was discovered rather quickly.


The place had a good feel to it. It had pockets of noise and commotion, but the din fell once we were at the table.  It might have been Toronto, but for some of those moments, it could have been anywhere else.  It could have been….somewhere else.

Conversation flowed easily, topics blurred into one another, attention was rapt, silence was fleeting, and tea warmed our stomachs.

Today’s Perfect Moment achieved.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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