By Spencer Ackerman
As far as snacking is concerned, I have two simple criteria. Salt is preferable to sugar. My roommates and girlfriend will attest to my need to keep the cupboard filled with popcorn and my convenience-store hunt for the right pretzel. And heat is preferable in most circumstances. It might look as if I’m sharing my wasabi peas with you, but in fact I’m going to eat most of them.
Today I found something better than wasabi peas. The Washington Independent‘s blog editor, Matt DeLong, brought a sandwich baggie of thai lime & chili-dusted cashews from Trader Joe’s to the office and offered me a handful. I don’t really shop at Trader Joe’s — Foggy Bottom is far; prices are high — but this is worth it. What could make the savory, salty joys of a cashew even better? Adding not only heat but a cleansing citrus acid. This is very close to a perfect snack.