Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Our first trip of many to a Chinese Grocery store

A great way to start learning about a culture is to learn about their food. I have six different recipe books from the library, and as I peruse through them, I see many ingredients I don't recognize. We have two asian groceries in our area, and as a Saturday morning outing, we headed out to both. We bought some dumplings, candies, glutinous rice flour for the Nian Gao we'll be making in a few weeks, lai see, and wonton wrappers (wonton recipe coming soon). Mostly, we had fun looking at the various products and ingredients.

Dried Fungus

Various types of noodles

Dried Bamboo Leaves

Pea & Elle, checking out the dishes and wares

Hubby in his favorite section of any store - the condiment aisle

Dried Anchovies

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