The Phantom Spell of Mayo

In life there are few things that one can reasonably expect to not be too surprised about. Condiments come to mind. Paprika is paprika, right? And while I am sure Hunts and Heinz ketchup have their adherents, its doubtful substituting one for the other is nothing more than a mild annoyance. So it was a pretty big surprise when I found myself inexplicably drawn to Japanese mayonnaise.