That is my idea of heaven! One of the ways the "developed countries" can be boring is that in their excessive zeal for hygiene they pinch off all the glories of cheap street food in all its variety and inventive preparation and serving.
I was wondering what Thai parents think about their children eating junk food, because I passed another area just as the kids got out of school, and there were dozens of vendors waiting for them.
This was an interesting thing that I hadn't seen before. It was a big vat filled with metal cylinders. I couldn't figure out what on earth the product was until the seller checked his metal tubes to see which ones were ready and stuck a stick in the middle to pull out an ice lolly (popsicle). I guess the metal concentrates the freezing temperature, so what's inside the tube freezes while the rest of the vat stays liquid.
Of course there was one place of total and absolute interest to the schoolkids, same as in many other countries.
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 18, 2009 17:19:00 GMT
Dragon fruit = food of the gods!
I don't know what Thai parents think about the junk food, but those pictures mirror something very common here. It seems most parents go pick up their kids from school. For little kids, this is @1:30 or 2 pm, so lunchtime. There are carts snugged right up to the gates of the school and the mothers come out and let kids have the sugary or other empty calorie crap.
Junk food right outside the schools for sure. And look at how big the backsides are of some of those young girls. Apparent despite the dowdy uniforms. In the decade or so I've been going to Thailand, I've noticed a big increase in the number of fat kids.
The Wiki page on dragon fruit: "There are some farms in Vietnam that produce 30 tons of fruit per hectare every year" That's impressive. Unfortunately while they appear to be able to handle brief light frosts they aren't truly hardy. Otherwise, even though they rely on nocturnal pollinators we might not have here I'd give it a go.
Although I'm quite an avid plant lover and gardener, I've got a thing about demanding plants. That thing being I seldom acquire them. I did have a nice stand of Himalayan and nepalese poppies (Meconopsis species actually), which are notoriously difficult, going for a while but the madness passed! I'm a huge fan of plants that require little or no care or maintenance.
I've never lived in a cool enough zone for the Himalayan poppies, but was always intrigued by them. I once had a large and gorgeous collection of African violets and other gesneriads which lived happily outside under a big pecan tree. When it was time to come inside for the winter, they demonstrated their hatred for the gas heaters by dying furiously. They've never wormed their way back into my heart. (guess we should be talking about this in Putting Down Roots )
Speaking of dragon fruit ..... a few years ago I spent July in Mérida. The death heat was compensated for by the abundance of dragon fruit. After handing over several for a ridiculously low sum, the vendors would toss in a few more just to get rid of them.