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Topic: OT: Thai food and travel. WAS: Koratie WP and DP (53 lines)
1) From: Ken B
Hi Lynne,
If you ever get the chance to visit Thailand, do so.  It is a beautiful 
country with many friendly, charming people, and as you said, great 
food!  I get a lot of supplies from here: http://importfood.com/current072108.htmland they have the online videos 
of street vendors and the like.  Their recipes are pretty authentic, so 
it is a good place to bookmark for when you wish to make something 
different.  (I also get supplies at the local Asian market that is an 18 
mile one way drive)  For fresh products like Thai chilis, galangal, 
Kaffir lime leaves and holy basil, you might wish to find an Asian 
market if there is one near you.  Dried is most definitely NOT the same.
The fruits there are very good, and very inexpensive (well, most of 
them).  It amazes me that when they are in season, you can get fruit for 
less than 15 CENTS a pound! (~20-25 baht a kilo) The little tree ripened 
bananas are around 25 cents a pound, as opposed to $1.99 lb here.  Fruit 
is a big part of the diet there, and almost all of it is fresh. Some of 
it can be a bit expensive if it is fairly rare, but that is expensive in 
Thai terms, not in ours. Here we would consider most of it 'normal' for 
fruit.
Their coffee, on the other hand, is some of the worse I have ever 
tasted.  Even their 'upscale' shops do not have a clue as to what good 
coffee is.  This year, I take my own! :-)  There are other things that 
are not so good, like poverty, pollution and the like.  But the people 
have a wonderful attitude, and most offer a warm, genuine smile to a 
stranger, so it is one of my favorite places.
As for the durian, I literally cannot get past the smell of it. If my 
wife offers me some cut up, I remember the smell and cannot eat it.  She 
makes fun of me for it, but she is very much the same way when it comes 
to cheese. The first time I gave her a nice cave aged blue cheese, it is 
the only time I have ever seen her spit. :-)  I laughed at that.  She 
still makes faces at me when I enjoy the cheese, fruit and bread I like 
for lunch, and pretty much refuses to try any different cheeses, even if 
I tell her they do not taste anything like the blue.  She might try brie 
one day, but I will not hold my breath.
Anyway, feel free to drop me a note off list if you plan to travel and 
would like some general advice on places to go and see in Thailand.  I 
go back in less than 70 dyas, and am looking forward to it!
Best Regards,
Ken B
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