When cultures collide

In an Italian yogurt store in Little Tokyo, Celeste peered over the topping counter.

Celeste: Excuse me. What is THAT?

Yogurt Guy: That’s red beans.

Celeste made a face.

Me: Sweetened red beans. It’s a Japanese dessert.

Celeste: Well, I don’t want no frijoles (Spanish for beans) in MY yogurt.

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