Cool Weather, Saturday Groceries

Sat 18 December 2010

We're officially in the cold season now. It's gotten down into the teens at night - between 16C/60F - 18C/64F . Last night I closed the window for the first time. I've thought about the sweater under my bed, but am not yet motivated to find it. I'm told this is typical for the annual typical two-week cold patch around this time of year.

It's a good time to ride a bicycle. I made a scouting trip to the Siem Reap Film Society location. Tomorrow's matinee is Ratatouille. Turns out to be an easy ride down a main street.

After finding the place, I stopped at the market next door. There are usually several vendors offering the same produce. It's all cheap and fresh. For wont of any other criteria, I usually pick whichever vendor talks to me, or the stall with the first kid to say "Hellooooo!" and wave.

Today's egg-seller had both. Eggs are piled in big baskets, duck eggs separated from chicken eggs. I like duck eggs, but don't know enough yet to say "this isn't that 21-day kind of egg with the baby duck inside, right? " I stick to chicken eggs.

The vendor hands you a basket or bowl to hold your selections. They're carefully loaded into a small plastic bag, and it's up to you to keep them in one piece afterward. I wasn't prepared for that the first time. The second time I went to the supermarket. I paid a little extra to get eggs in a plastic carton. It's not very rugged, but I bring it with me to the market. The seller and her son were amused. Cost of 6 eggs: 75 cents. Entertainment value: priceless.

Category: Day to Day

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