And that is a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing!
I never had chestnuts before I was 30.. so I bought a dozen, failed to vent them, roasted them, couldn't wait to try one, so I popped one in my mouth, bit down, and it exploded..
Had my mouth burnt for days, skin coming off the roof of my mouth.. and boy did I get a taste of roasted chestnuts.. all you have to do is mention it and that taste comes back.. I think it's part of my DNA now.