Trip to the Asian Market, yummy snacks and some scary sites…..

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A rainy day in town seemed like a good time for a trip to the local Asian market. This market had recently relocated to a larger building and I was curious as to what had changed. The market really does feel like you have stepped out of the US into a food store in another country. There were TONS of foods to choose from including fruits and vegetables I have never heard of, snacks and candies with ingredients I could not read, and a huge variety of teas, dried and prepackaged. There were foods from Japan, India, Vietnam and other Asian countries. Several things were surprising, such as the huge cardboard box of live crawfish and a giant tank of catfish. The crawfish looked like a mass of crawling heads and legs! Unfortunately, there were dead catfish and crawfish mixed in with the live ones. Of course my must-be-very-careful-about-food-mommy-self would not ever buy the fish, but it was interesting to see them anyway. We did opt to try some “safe” prepacked with a date on them-type of snacks! We tried and loved the green tea mocchi! It was a very different texture than we are accustomed to, but tasty. We also got a bag of potato snacks, which looked like little french fries. They were tasty, similar to potato chips. I managed to get some interesting pictures of some of the items they had for sale. It was an afternoon well spent. Do you have any favorite Asian or ethnic markets by you? I would love to hear about them.

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