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  1. You can buy live chickens every Saturday in Enumclaw at the Sales Pavilion, (360) 825-3151. Take them home and butcher yourself, not difficult, and you get good chickens of the size you like. Chicken sale start at 11:00 AM, pigs and cows after noon. This is one chance to see agriculture market in a disappearing form, the old guy Ron still runs the show. Sit down in the wood seats it's like stepping back to 1940 (or perhaps this style of community agriculture will have a revival someday--in which case it's like a window to the future). They have a Branding Iron cafe with fresh eggs, hash,
  2. There are bins of sweet Kent Valley corn for sale at Carpinitos on Central Av, and a farm stand at the farm on W Valley Hwy and 272nd (across from Smith Brothers). Probably only available for a week or so. Currently $0.40 per ear. Lots of local squash there too and a big pumpkin patch (u-pick).
  3. Hi. My friend is from Moldova (little country near Romania), and he's planning to go back there to visit his family. I was wondering what kind of American alcohol I can buy for him, say in a pint bottle, that his friends back home might like to taste. I am not much of a drinker so I don't know what to choose, but something that says Kentucky or Tennessee on the label would be nice. There is a local liquor store that has a lot of choices (the store in Seattle near Safeco Field on 4th has a big selection and I am going to be near there tomorrow). Thanks in advance for any ideas.
  4. Contact your local DHL office and ask them how much it cost to ship 35-40 lbs from Singapore to your address in USA. At least then you will have an idea of the cost. If you want to proceed, contact the manufacturer and tell them you will have DHL come get 1 case--assuming you know the manufacturer name, these days you can look up their phone number and call them. They might agree to ship you a case, and pay with your credit card, or they can give you the name of a merchant in Singapore that will do it for you. Just double-box everything. Box size will be about 15" square, if you need a bo
  5. Hello. I spent a great deal of time with a walk-behind tiller and turned over an area about 50' x 20' but it's not productive because the grass on top is only going under a relatively small depth, and just that took about 6 hours but it was done fairly well. Since I have at least 30,000 more sq ft pasture that need to be tilled up I have to find someone locally who will come bring equipment to deep-till it with those big circular rings, so the top layer is turned 12" under. The soil is just perfect for growing, no question about that. Lots of sun too. If someone can recommend a service th
  6. Hello. We have about 4 acres of level, flat pasture in Issaquah. The soil here is good, but we have not used it for gardening (except a tiny plot). The last few years we've had cows eating the grass, prior to that horses, so I believe the soil is well-fertilized. One acre is fenced off (cows have no access to it) and I've pondered turning that acre into a large garden. If that works, I'll likely work more of the land in coming years. A couple weeks ago I moved two honeybee boxes onto the field also, and they've been doing ok but not flying much due to the cold weather. I have a Kubota L
  7. Hello Shaun, I hope your bee endeavors have thus far been successful. Yesterday I got my first hive and can relate to your comment about how tame the bees are. So far so good. I got started after a friend of mine from Moldova (tiny country between Ukraine and Romania) told me about both how easy it is to care for bees and how much honey they produce. I'd heard of the plight of the missing honeybees, have a nice piece of land, and figured I might enjoy helping out a little bit while at the same time improving pollination of my apple trees. It seems Romanians in particular are experienced
  8. Hi, I believe the "ancient method" of making fish sauce is still fairly common in Thailand, not sure about Vietnam but probably so. My understanding of how it's made is slightly different than the quote you provided, although this could be due to some regional variation or change in modern process. First of all, to make the finest quality fish sauce only anchovy fish are used, not shrimp. Perhaps some people made fish sauce using shrimp along with other fish--not sure about that. But I've visited a fish sauce manufacturer in Rayong, Gulf of Thailand, who does things using the ancient method
  9. Hi, Thanks for asking. ImportFood.com prepared this sidewalk guide for people like you. The small food shops in this area have a higher regard for quality and overall cleanliness. Many have been in the same place cooking the same thing for 3 or 4 generations. Please see the guide at link below and print the map, it's in English and Thai, any taxi can take you right there. You will not be disappointed. http://importfood.com/saochingcha_guide.html In another week or so the guide will have an expanded section dealing with the Sukhumvit Thong Lor area as well, another spot for outstanding sid
  10. Hi Chefky, Sounds like fun. If you don't find a chef to cook at your place in front of you, the guy at link below does special catering of all sorts. His kids might be able to help explain the food and serve it properly but I don't think the old guy speaks English. It's not farang food at all--this is as local Thai as it gets. There is a map on how to find it, Udom Pochana, worth a trip just to eat the food around there--loads of great places to eat in the vicinity. http://importfood.com/thai_vendors/street_...dompochana.html
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    red rice

    I did not see the episode but it might have been "red cargo rice". There are a few varieties of rice grown in Thailand that create colored water broth. There is a nice variety called Sinin which is my favorite but it's not exported to US due to the limited crop and extended paperwork required to import specialty rice into this country. You have to buy it when you go there. You can likely Google sinin rice and learn about it, I think it's the superior variety of all unpolished rice varieties because of the sweet velvety taste, and the color is more lavender than red. Aside from sinin rice,
  12. This place opened up a few months ago in a location where the last two restaurants promptly failed. After noticing a steadily rising number of cars parked there, checked it out recently with my wife and kids. They cater to Chinese clientele and I believe the food is authentic. There are signs in Chinese at the entry and everyone inside was speaking Chinese so this might be "the real thing" in terms of preparation. Most of their tables are round with the lazy susan in the middle, and every table was taken when we were there, so they must be doing something right. It is Hong-Kong style food
  13. Hi Peter, Hope you enjoy eating the street food there. Thanks for your note. I am not sure about the Golden Pig statue but this year is the Pee Moo Thong (Year of the Golden Pig). From what I heard, the Year of the Pig comes along every 12 years but the year of the Golden Pig is only 2x in 60 years. Perhaps it's something to do with that but I'm not sure.
  14. Hi, Bangkok is so big and there are loads of places to find great food of all sorts. Hard to give much specific advice because I don't live there any longer, but some places I enjoy going back to are: Landmark Hotel. Thai owned and operated hotel with classic elegance and Thai style, 3 star hotel I think (?) with great food in their Thai restaurant! Not outrageously-priced either. I know they have a cooking class as well, never tried it but I read about it, and looks good. Love the Landmark. Seems like a lot of high-end food is Chinese or a mix of Thai/Chinese. We used to find a lot of g
  15. My wife and I went to Porcella late last summer and we loved the food and the way you can see the kitchen. Excellent dessert and coffee too. This location offers a bit of romance too. You can walk down the sidewalk afterward, toward the lake, and across the street is a very good middle eastern supermarket. It starts with a Z, don't recall the name. After that we drove just a 1/2 mile or so to the little waterfront park which was still open after dark. There is nice parking and you can walk down to sit on the park benches at water's edge. Our favorite restaurant in Bellevue is Calcutta Gr
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