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Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving & see you next week!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

Eating Mexican Food in Poland

Location: Poland
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 800 • f 8 • 1/100 sec

Yum, doesn’t this picture make you hungry? Or are you just admiring the culinary artwork?

Our group was lucky (or brave) enough to have dinner at a Mexican restaurant when we were in Poland. We were sitting at a long table outside so we could enjoy the weather. It was quite the experience! Along with the decorated food, we had a few good laughs as well. Two of our guys ordered fajitas. Apparently, these are not very common in Poland, because they were served along with written instructions on how to prepare them! That wasn’t all. They also came with bibs! Our server, who knew a little English, explained this by telling us “Fajitas are dirty.” 🙂

Earlier in the trip, we started a running gag at every restaurant we went to. We picked one member of our group, Kelli, and told every restaurant, every day, that it was her birthday. We just wanted to see what would happen! 😉 At this restaurant, most of the servers were dressed in skimpy outfits resembling Spanish dancers from the “Wild Wild West” era. All of a sudden, we heard what sounded like gun shots. A man came running out of the building dressed in all black, with a face mask and cape, and firing a cap gun into the air. Scaring the waitresses, he ran over to Kelli and dropped a cake slice with a candle at her place. Then he took off running again, back into the restaurant. Once we overcame our shock, we laughed pretty hard at that one!

I guess this is what the Polish think Mexico (and likely Texas as well) is really like! LOL

How do your international friends see other cultures, even ours?

Adventures in Food… and Other Things

Location: Thailand
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 1600 • f 4.5 • 1/25 sec

Q: Where can you go to find fresh veggies, raw meat, freshly-picked flowers, or ready-made desserts all in one place?
A: Thailand’s open markets!

I got to see one while visiting some friends, and it was quite the shopping experience! Nearly a hundred booths were filled with various items for purchase. The lady in the picture was selling vegetables, and she was eager to bargain if you were willing to buy more. Down the row, another lady sold bouquets or single orchids (a popular flower in Thailand). They were very cheap in comparison to US prices, so my friend didn’t think twice about grabbing a bunch to decorate her table at home. Yet another vendor sold  ready-made food and desserts, so I opted for a banana treat wrapped in leaves. Yum! Others sold jewelry and school supplies. So random. 🙂

While we walked around, I happened to look into a room off to the side and saw several people chopping meat. The room was filled with all varieties of meat products hanging on the walls or lying on the tables. They did not have refrigeration for anything here, as they expected to sell it all that day. I opted instead to sample some of the native fruits off another cart. One was pink and spikey. Hmm… don’t let the appearance fool you, it was very good! My nose told me that someone was also selling durian, and Asian fruit that smells like rotting garbage, but tastes very sweet. To keep away flies, the merchants rigged up an ingenious contraption: plastic streamers attached to slowly rotating fans, which swatted the flies away every time they came near. Now why didn’t I think of that!?

If you went to an Asian open market, what type of things would you look for? Be adventurous!