I'm all in! Raring at the bit to get started. Heading down to Largo in a few minutes (40 minute drive!) to the only large Asian store in our area. Stocking up!!!!
Hi Lori!! I forgot to say something earlier, but looks like we both live in the Tampa Bay region. I used to live less then a 1/4 mile from the Tarpon Springs addy, in the Trinity area. But now we moved out to the boonies but still in Pasco, right on the border of Wesley Chapel. Let me know how good the Asian market was for finding ingredients?
Oh My Gosh!!! I spent an hour in there, just looking! Don't know if you're familiar with Ranch 99 Market? We had those on the West Coast. It's a huge Asian supermarket, with a fresh fish counter, a bakery, hot food bar, Asian produce. It's in Pinellas Park, so quite a drive (40 minutes from the intersection of 19 & Tarpon Ave/Keystone). There's also one in Tampa. The name of the place is MD Oriental Market. It has pretty much everything.
I have a new friend in the neighborhood, who was born in China but grew up in Vietnam. She took me to a farmers market in Largo, that is simply amazing. Every imaginable Asian fruit, vegetable, plant. Mustang Flea Market, I think was the name. Definitely worth the trip, but helps to have someone who speaks the languages. And she does! We're heading down on Saturday, once I choose my recipes. You're welcome to join us if you want to make the long drive and walk around in the heat!