couscous fest 2003 went off with no major problems. we made it through six rounds (toasted pinenut, mediterranean curry, plain w/ veggies and sauce, toasted pinenut [the sequel], pilaf, and cinnamon apple for desert). every round was fabulous except the cinnamon apple one, which was waaaay too dry and bland. no one made it through every single round. elyse and dusty were going pretty strong until the fourth one, and then they buckled. we had to take a break for digestion. it was so great to see a roomful of punks leaning back on ratty old couches, clutching their full bellies and saying, "man, i can't eat anymore".