Pinkie found a vendor selling speed skates at the Winter Festival yesterday and she bought a set. She brought them over today so I could admire them close up. I'm a terrible skater, so I certainly am not tempted to try them out. She also brought me a few bags of crystal corn soup mix, with instructions on the bags. It looks simple enough, but I'll ask Spike to make the soup. She also brought me an ancient specialty dessert that the crystal ponies have revived. It's called barklava, but it's not hot, it's sweet. We ate it for dessert after supper and it's something different. As far as I can tell, it's mostly layers of birch bark (the inner bark), ice flower nectar and pine nuts. It's good but very rich and chewy with a strong minty, wintergreen smell.