it is surprisingly hard to find pictures of alison brie eating appropriately

What are Alison Brie’s favorite hamentaschen?

Right now might seem like a bizarre time to ask about hamentaschen, which are traditionally consumed on Purim, a Jewish holiday that will be celebrated precisely five (solar) months hence.

Until, that is, you consider the fact that Jews around the world just finished celebrating (word?) Yom Kippurim, “A Day Like Purim”, and what better way to do that than by talking about food?

And now that you’ve had your fill of Yom Kippurim Torah, let’s get back to the question you didn’t know you wanted the answer to until you saw this headline. The question first occurred to me when I spotted Ms. Brie tweet the following to her followers (of whom, for the record, I am not yet one):

Yes, you’re reading that date right — Brie celebrated pi day with a pastry designed to celebrate trigonometry. (Purim 2014 wouldn’t start for another day.)

Back to the question. No, “brie” is not an acceptable guess – nor an acceptable filling for the triangular treat (though I could be persuaded otherwise).

Luckily, I was able to concoct a better answer. It all comes down to paying attention to context. And to do that, you need to view the above tweet on its own page. To save you the trouble, here’s a screenshot:

Alison Brie hamentaschen in context

What’s that in the background? In case you don’t instantly recognize the flower, Brie has the answer:

While California poppy seeds are not technically edible — nor is the California poppy strictly a poppy — “poppy” should always be the answer to a question about favorite hamentaschen, so I’m going to take it and run.

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