I had no idea what to expect when I studied abroad in Japan my junior year of college. Because I'm the type of person who wants to be prepared for any occasion, I packed everything I could possibly need from high heels to hiking boots; making me instantly known among the host family community as "the American girl with all of the luggage."
Now, 20 years later, I'm once again living up to that title as we arrive at JFK airport with five giant bags weighing a total of 250 pounds. However, this time I've traded my shoes and sundries for celery salt, Steen's cane syrup, benne seeds, stone ground grits and rice. Yes, I am that person; the one bringing rice from the United States to Hong Kong.
This just isn't any rice, it's Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice. And just like the benne seeds and yellow course ground grits, it is a staple in the Birds & Bubbles kitchen.