bad decisions at the grocery

i have not had a real american hot dog in two years. what i wouldn't give for an honest to goodness chili cheese dog with onions. yum. i feel faint just thinking about it. now, what i have eaten - once - are thai hot dogs. each individually shrink wrapped (shrunk wrapped?) and it's near impossible to get that wrapping off. and once you do, you discover what your eating is probably more closely related to the vienna sausage (you know, the ones in the can) than a true blue hot dog. not yummy. and guess what i found at the grocery the other day??

yep, oscar mayer hot dogs (okay, turkey dogs, whatever.) imported from the good ol' u s of a. i found it difficult to contain myself. then i started scanning the labels for the price. and found it. 320 baht!! that's like 9 dollars and 95 cents in american money. which is why i didn't get them, because that would have been fiscally crazy. i just couldn't bring myself to pay 10 dollars for hot dogs. especially when i'd had a bad food experience while we were in the states last summer. i'd made a list of all the foods i wanted. had to have. could not survive without if i didn't eat them at least once before returning to thailand. and in every single case, they just weren't as good as i'd remembered.

but #2, who happened to be shopping with me, did come across something she just had to have. she said they'd had them on the mission trip and they were yuh-uh-uh-uh-meee. they were reasonable (so reasonable i had her get two different flavors) and i was curious. (curiousity killed the cat, remember?)

yep, those are potato chips. the kind that should be salty, not sweet. and they are not at all yuh-uh-uh-uh-meee. they aren't even yuh. they're gross. so gross that we each had one, put the lid on and put them on top of the pantry. where they will sit for a mighty long time. i couldn't even get our house help to take them home. maybe they have these in america now, i don't know. if they do, and you haven't tried them consider this your warning. and don't.

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Mom24 said...

No, haven't seen those here. They sound pretty gross.

Sorry about the bad experiences last summer, that's a bummer. :)

You were probably better off passing on the hot dogs. I'm willing to bet they also would have been a disappointment.

pilgrimssojourn said...

Yuck, those chips look nasty. Don't they sell real hotdogs at 7-11 or StarMart anymore? I always had to get my fix...

My Mercurial Nature said...

Those chips looks absolutely disgusting...ICK ICK ICK!

leaking crazy said...

@mom24 - the food thing was a bummer, but good for setting expectations.

@pilgrim - nasty is right. i've been so distracted at the 7-11 by the black bean buns and bbq pork ones that i have stayed clear of that area of the store!

@mercurial - i have a few i could send if you wanna confirm. but your early judgment is correct!

Sherilyn said...

uh... no, we do not have these in states - not in CO or TX. ick!

Megan said...

I remember seeing the shrimp potato chips or something like that when we were in Bangkok last spring and that that sounded so yucky! Where do they come up with the combinations!?!

leaking crazy said...

@sherilyn, i'll send some your way. then you can say you had some.

@megan, my kids love the weird flavors like chili squid and nori seaweed. i think yucky. they think yummy!

Snap said...

I'm still reading your blog...sorry, not in chronological order. I have a few questions to ask:

Do you have a kitchen in your house...not a Thai kitchen, but a real one?

Have you posted any info about the cost of living?


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