The lady who works in our copy center gave me some raw bamboo to eat as a gift today. I am honored, but how in the world does one go about eating this thing?! Well, I had my Chinese friend who works at the campus Starbucks give me some lessons. I learned that you don't actually swallow it, oops! She explained that I peel back the outer layer with my teeth, chew on the "meat" and suck the yummy juice out...then of course spit it out on the ground (true Chinese-style). Now I am like a real Chinese. I have officially mastered the art of bamboo chewing / spitting. It's delicious and super juicy!
P.S. Double oops! As I was writing this my other Chinese friend just informed me it's not bamboo, it's actually raw sugar cane. I'm learning so much in business school!