I Will Try Anything Once


It’s the famous Thai green salad, with crab. I’ve seen them make this on the beach and only locals eat it. At first I thought they were scorpions, large black insects thrown in and smashed up with the rest of the mix in those large mortar type wooden bowls that they use just to make this dish.

Fast forward I’m at my favorite local eatery in Jomtien Beach: Ran Nong Som. For just 50 baht, you can get the famous green papaya salad. It’s so hot and spicy it’s incendiary. Typically made with young unripe papaya, nice,  crunchy and shredded. Bean sprouts, shredded carrot, tomato, a few Chinese long beans, crushed peanuts, dried shrimp, fish sauce, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and tons of garlic. Raw garlic. I have learned to order it no spicy please, nit noy garlic (a little bit).

At Ran’s, they also have a version with salted pickled fish or crab. How exciting, I must try it. Well, it is crab, little tiny meatless crab, and not soft shell. Its hard as a rock, tooth crushing hard.

I’m not surprised to see the local Thai people eat this. After all, these are people who will put just about anything in their mouths. They open beer bottles with their teeth, and have some dishes that have like tree stumps and you know bamboo shoots and stuff like that. This hard shell crab must be good for the hair and the nails, I’ll try anything once.


the truth about true cod

Yummmmm! I’m attempting the stew.

brainfood blog

The codfish. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious than gold. Indeed, the codfish has played a fascinating and crucial role in world history.” ~ Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. By, Mark Kurlansky

Truth: We love true cod. a.k.a Pacific cod. sometimes even called grey cod due to its coloring.

Even More So True: True cod is actually a very important fish to the US as we know it. Some call it, “the fish that changed America.”

Today we bring you fresh, Alaskan true cod. What is most interesting about this species is its history…
True Story: the AK true…

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Chad James XXX

This is reposted from Chad James’ blog, I took the picture of Chad in the ski mask at one of the SF Jacks “photo nights” back in the early 90’s:

Jim James and Chad James

“Photographer and Subject”On Sunday 24MAR13 I went to an Art Opening celebrating 30 years of the SF Jacks. The SF Jacks Art show will be showing until 31MAR13.This Artsy Photo in the Exhibit was photographed in the Mid 1990’s exact date and photos to follow. The Photo in the exhibit was taken on a SF Jacks Day of Photography of the Participants.





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Robert Jeffrey Dj’s Tonight at Bearracuda Last Rickshaw Stop

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