The Strip District, Pittsburgh PA

Before I get too deep into this post, I’d just like to point out this has nothing to do with strippers. ‘The Strip District‘ in Pittsburgh is merely a strip of road, (hence, ‘strip’) with a bunch of cute little food shops and stores.

If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, I suggest you go take a look.

Also, some of these are definitely not real food, just interesting things I came across. Some I plan to cook with and some are just funky so I bought them… Cuz I’m an impulse shopper and I love strange things.

First up is the dragon fruit. Super beautiful, interesting little fruit from Thailand. They have the texture of a kiwi and taste very sweet. It was actually quite good. They are really hard to find over here in the US, but we went in an Asian grocery and found the little bugger hiding in there.

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Next we have some squid ink pasta. Just three ingredients- Flour, eggs and squid ink. It gets its dark color from the ink. Yum!

As well as some Chinese hot peppers and Pakistani hot peppers. I love hot peppers.

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Then some yummy tea balls. These little sucker are awesome. Put em in hot water and they open up into a flower of tea and flavor. They look as beautiful as they taste. I got a few mint ones and a few butterfly flower ones. Can’t wait to enjoy some!!

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Brown rice noodles, sesame oil, a package of seaweed, the dragon fruit, a cassava, instant jellyfish and the peppers.

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The cassava. A root vegetable from South America and Africa packed with vitamin C. I won’t delve into it too much, since you’ll be seeing a post on what I make from it and I’ll tell ya more then! =)

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Jackfruit! Super huge, super cool (super expensive!) fruit from many Asian countries. I found him in the same Asian grocery we got the dragon fruit. I can’t wait to chop this (18 lb!) baby up and make things from him. Yet another blog post I will be writing…. However I will tell you that the jackfruit’s flesh is used as a vegan meat substitute. The texture is supposed to be just like chicken.

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Crappy picture, but apple juice from just one kind of apple. They had all different flavors. However, you would have had no idea of different flavors if you didn’t have a few to taste test at the same time. In that case they were noticeably different!

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Totally not healthy or real food, but a Kinder bueno, basically a Nutella kit-kat. I honestly have no idea what was in it because the whole wrapper was written in Italian! But it was nifty and yummy!

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Lastly alligator, wild boar and pheasant jerky and sticks. They were all ‘pheasantly’ delicious. (Hehe, see what I did there….)

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I love interesting food!!

I can’t wait to cook up my jackfruit and cassava and share with you!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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‘I Love’ Tuesdays

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Yup.

I love Amazon!

It is any real foodie’s dream.

Not many people  know, but you can get super deals on organic foods through Amazon! And you can get them even cheaper through Amazon subscribe and save! I’m just going to focus on regular old Amazon for today though.

Say your baking cookies, and you want some unbleached parchment paper.
to cook them on. Amazon’s got your back!

Well then you realize you ran out of coconut palm sugar
to make your cookies with! Oh no! Amazon’s got your back!

You also forgot your cookie sheet has an evil nonstick coating on it! Amazon’s got your back! You can replace it with a shiny new stainless steel cookie sheet.

Plus, if you spend $25 at once, you can almost always get free shipping.

You can also find great deals on things like organic bedding, cloth diaper covers, organic clothing and coconut oil!!

To me, it seems logical to check Amazon before anywhere else (I even did my wedding registry through them!) or when I’m looking for something hard to find. So I figured I’d share with those of you who didn’t know!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent