Kade kneels next to a stream formed by the San Francisco Glacier, about two hours outside Santiago, Chile.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Steady Stream

One thing I really enjoy is drinking a fresh young coconut, and then scooping out and eating the delicate meat.  They're so refreshing!  Thailand seems to have coconuts year-round.  In touristy areas, you can get them for about a $1 US or a tad more.  They also are served in restaurants, and you can get one in place of tea or Coke or fruit juice, just placed on the table next to your plate, top peeled back, straw inserted.

A young coconut is the sweetest, but even they have to be opened about the right time and be from a batch of ones that you know are really sweet.  I don't think you can really go wrong, but if you want the very best, you might need a person with a talent for knowing.  Kinda like finding the right watermelon to eat today. Can be a bit tricky, right?  Luckily for me, Kade's dad knows his fruits. And if he does only one thing right for his son-in-law, it's keeping a steady stream of coconuts and other fruits in the house.  He brought in this bag of ten young coconuts. The bag looks small in the image, but believe me, you would need a second fridge to put them in.  And the price?  Buy in bulk and at a local market, you can get them for 25 baht each, which is about 80 cents US.  These were really sweet! The last week we were there I was binging.  It was two or three coconuts a night.  They were that good! Kade's brother would whack them open with a large kitchen knife.  In addition to coconuts, we had the freshest papayas, mangoes, and pineapples. They were out on the table or on top of the fridge until they were fully ripe.  As I told a friend in a text a while back, when you strip it all down, when you're traveling a lot, something as simple as tasting a unique fruit can make you as happy as anything.

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