This is a tentative meetup event. It even sounds nutty to me, but if there is sufficient interest I will schedule the event.
This meetup will be an experiment in culinary adventurism where we will sample unusual foods from Asia that are not typically found in restaurants. Participants will meet in at the clubhouse of my condo complex (located in the Pinehurst - Lake City area) on a Saturday mid-afternoon; each person will bring $10.00.. We will carpool to Ranch 99 which is an Asian supermarket located in Lynnwood. This supermarket caters primarily to a Vietnamese clientele but also sells foods representing other Asian cultures. At Ranch 99 we will split into small groups to explore the store and to prepare a shopping list of foods that the group would like to sample. Some of these might be semi-unusual and "safe" food items such as chestnuts and pickled radishes. Other selections might be more daring or more unusual such as eel meat, cockle shells, or the overly smelly durian fruit. We will regroup in the store's restaurant to compare notes and prepare the final shopping list. Nothing on the list shall require a lengthy preparation time or require unusual implements. Moreover, the food items will not be selected with the idea of grossing out the other participants. To ensure that this does not happen the person who recommended a particular food item will be required to eat the first serving, and if the group is still unsure about the food, he or she will be required to eat a second helping. The food will be prepared in club house kitchen.
As we partake of this meal we will watch one or two episodes of "Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods" which has been broadcast on the Travel Channel for the past five years. If you have never seen this show, it features unusual (to us Westerners) foods from around the world such as scorpion on a skewer in China, palm tree grubs from the Philippines, sheep's head from Morocco, guinea pigs from Ecuador, muskrats from Louisiana...
The rationale for this meetup is that there are many interesting looking foods at Ranch 99. However, I am not willing to spend $10 or so for a standard size package of a food that might, to my dismay. cause me to gag or worse. By pooling our money together we can purchase a number of foods that will provide sample size servings. We hope to find some really interesting foods as well as some that that will never be popular outside the culture that consumes them.
Let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to post comments.
Total travel/culture freak. Roller Derby. Opera. Mexican mud wrestling. Poetry Slams. I'm IN.
Into all things fun and outgoing...OK, and cultured too! :)
New to Seattle. Hope to make friends.
I am originally from NYC and love cultural activities and events.
New to Seattle. Interested in exploring and connecting with others.
Hello fellow scavengers.
I am looking forward to expanding my cultural horizons.
I love good food!
I am fun and energetic looking to meet some new great people and learn different culture.
I'm up for adventures near and far.
Single woman living in Kirkland
Let's get weird...with food
I love theatre and art so this group is right up my alley.
Hi! I look forward to attending cultural events with this group!
Would you like to carpool from eastside?
I'm cultured. Like yogurt.
Looking for some fun, cultural events to do in the city.
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