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Where we buy our toiletries [Jul. 4th, 2006|05:28 am]
susan smitten
doc_cathode wanted to see where we buy our toiletries and food. The truth is, I buy most of our toiletries in England, Thailand, Singapore, and New York. But when we buy toiletries in Dubai, we buy them at Carrefour. Are you familiar with this French hypermart? It's like Wal-Mart but all the products are different.


[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-04 01:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, it is irrational to distrust food from Wal Mart -- they're based in the meat producing/butchering regions, and were originally locally sourced, so there's no reason to suspect their meat. I WOULD strongly suspect "kmart" meat.

You have places like Hot N' Now (ugh...vile).

One of the things I really like about Carrefour is the selection of big burlap bags full of bulk nuts, indian spices (20 different kinds of "curry powder", etc.). Although, aside from buying a kilo of pistachios sometimes to go along with my cases of diet coke, I've never actually *cooked* from Carrefour, so I've never bought spices.

I don't think I've cooked food in ... 3-4 years? And actually maybe 4-5 years (spring of 2003). I think maybe some "rice a roni" or something in summer 2003 when I was optimizing for cheapness, and .

(Microwaved foods don't count; I've made plenty of popcorn, nachos, ramen, ...)

Last time I actually used a stove to boil water was probably at a party 2-3 years ago, too.

I should do a thai cooking class or something to make up for this. But now I must go to the free cafeteria for 4th of july food.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-07-04 07:28 pm (UTC)
I read, "Hot N'How," hahaha!

And what the hell, man!! Do you ever eat home-cooked meals?! Are you okay?

Don likes a book called "Everything Thai," from the "Everything" series.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-04 08:31 pm (UTC)
Cafeteria food, or restaurants/room service. Or maybe sometimes other people cooking when I travel/parties/etc. It's mainly that I lack kitchen here, which I want to correct.

I poked at some meat on a grill about 6 months ago, but there was a cook there actually grilling/marinating/etc.

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[User Picture]From: antivert
2006-07-04 09:07 pm (UTC)
The best thing for people completely lacking kitchens are those Japanese electric rice cookers like this. There are many things you can make in them! Just off the top of my head, I'd say: risotto, saffron rice, fried eggs, pasta, banana bread, bacon, rice pudding (although they're a little too fast-cooking for this, it's still pretty good) and really anything that needs a hot plate at a non-specific highish or lowish temperature. You can also just throw a bunch of stuff in with rice and it cooks it all up. Curry powder, raisins, butter, cashews, and vegetable boullion is one of my favorite rice cooker things to make.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-05 04:22 am (UTC)
It's kind of dofficult to get things from civilization to here without risk of spoilage, but a rice cooker is definitely on the list. I have a little dorm fridge thing, and a "hot pot", and a microwave, already.
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[User Picture]From: bonjovigrrrl
2006-07-04 10:33 pm (UTC)
The day my KMart starts selling meat is the day I most definitely STOP shopping there! LOL

My cooking usually consists of the crock pot and sometimes this nifty air cooker I inherited from my grandmother. I'm a lousy cook anyway, but at least I can mange those simple things/appliances.
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