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How to Open a Fresh Coconut!

6 Apr

020A few months ago, I found myself hanging out in my living room with some friends, passing around a fresh coconut with three straws.

As I drank the sweet juice, a balmy early spring breeze meandering through my screen door, all I could think was “Ahhhhh.”

I felt like I was on a tropical island, just having come inside after a day at the beach.

That evening was actually what inspired me to share this blog, the idea that food can transport you to another time and place.

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Aihua International Market, Part 2

26 Mar

443What’s that? You were so intrigued after reading my last post, that you want to know more about Aihua International Market?

Well, it’s your lucky day! I’m totally smitten with this treasure, too, so I went back for another round of food hunting! If you haven’t stopped in to check the market out yet, maybe this post will give you that final little push.

Ever tried guayaba, also known as guava? These little gems are native to Mexico and Central and South America, but are now cultivated in the tropics throughout the world.

My uncle loves them for their overwhelming scent as they ripen on the tree. I love them for their sharp, sweet-and-sour bite that leaves you wanting more.

The are also low in calories and full of nutrients. A single guava has four times more Vitamin C than an orange,  so feel free to indulge guilt-free!

(See above photo of the guavas taunting the oranges with their much smaller size AND higher Vitamin C content. I never said they were nice…just tasty.)

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Aihua International Market

20 Mar

471If you haven’t been in to explore Evansville’s largest international grocery, it’s time for a little trip to Aihua International Market on North Green River Road.

The owner, Aihua Sun, opened her first small store in 2003.

After bursting at the seams for several years, the business moved across the street into a much larger facility in 2010.

The store carries food from all over the world including Russia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as from a variety of Asian cuisines. The aisles are even labeled for your convenience.

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Perfect Plantains!

20 Feb

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Plantains are an easy, delicious treat. You might be wondering “What is the difference between plantains and bananas?” Bananas can be eaten raw while plantains are starchier and served cooked. My friend Tigui from Mali recently showed me how to fry plantains.

At first I got a little worried because her plantains were very green on the outside and mine were black and yellow (more black than anything). So I did a little research and was relieved to find that plantains can be friend at any stage of ripeness. Just like bananas, the more yellow/black they are, the sweeter they taste.

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