Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Rolly polly fish heads...

My tanker truck.


Normally when I shop for my groceries at the Seafood City Market -- 25 miles away -- I bring a tanker truck. Well, not really a tanker truck, that's an exaggeration, but I and my husband, buy a lot since we drive that far for our supply. We get a lot of seafood like bangus, pompano, tilapia, shrimps, catfish, and etc. Last weekend, however, we stayed away from tilapia, shrimps and catfish as most of these come from China. Although the importation of these (from China) have already been blocked by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) we'd rather not get any. It's best to be safe than eat fish loaded with whatever they found in those seafood. Click here and here for more.



"My trip is canceled?"

Now all seafood at the store were marked the country of origin; wild caught or farm raised. I never knew before that they come from countries like Vietnam, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Philippines and Taiwan. Some are US products. Mussels that I usually get come from New Zealand marked clearly on the package.



I wandered to the dry goods area to get a pack of Shiitake mushrooms (dried), and lo and behold, it's from...you know...and all brands. I'm not sure about it anymore, so I passed it. I'm not going to use any Shiitake for now.

The veggies I supposed are mostly local. If not it probably did not come from that far. There were some things I bought that were Philippine products...jars of halo-halo mix - kaong, makapuno, munggo beans, white beans and langka.

Halo-halo would be great to cool us off these hot...hot summer days.

36 comments:

tutubi said...

halo-halo stuff there? hmmm longing for a taste of home, eh?

:)

Nini said...

gleng gleng naman your drawings...

the china food import restriction would drive up the prices eventually, and along with the escalating gas prices will hurt our wallets evenmore. sighs and more sighs:-(

nini

Vicki said...

hi mari,
good evening,,,,naki silip lang sandali ki kim na pc....matulog na ako pagkatapos nito....

musta na?..us ok lang nice ang weather at init rin, bukas daw, malamig naman, siguro wala na kaming summer daritso na sa Fall-autumn.

ay naku ang sarap naman nitong mga bibilihin mo, seafoods...mahal dito sa amin, kahit dito lang galing sa France and Italy...

oo nga, dito rin prohibited na ang galing sa Vietnam, china, phils, or ewan ko saan pa galing ang mga shrimps....kasi yon sa pinakain daw nila....ay ewan...

pero meron pa rin, makita sa Asia store, pero sa grocery or supermarket dito, wla galing sa Asia, dito lang galing...

minsan nga takot ako, bumili sa Asia atore, ang laki at taba pa...pero nabasa ko at nakita sa TV, naka takot, kaya bili nalang ako ssa grocery dito, kahit na hindi na masayadong masarap, kasi frozen na at ewan ko iba ang lasa....pero safety daw, sabi naman ni bernie sa akin....

pero, minsan bili nga ako, hindi naman sila kakain, kami lang ni kim.....

thanks for sharing, reading your post, parang kasama ako sa panggrocery mo....hay sarap ikain ng seafoods.....pero kung ako lang ang kakain, hindi naman enjoy at masarap, mabuti, masarap n masaya kung may kasama tayong kumain....

sigi, have a nice day there....thanks for your comments and visit too....

sunday pa kami, alis ni bernie....pero sandali lang....
panay lang ang biking namin muna dito...tapos na daw siya sa project sa dwelling namin....
kaya enjoyment na daw.....lol

bye, and god bless.....

Vicki said...

ay oo nga, ang ganda naman ng drawing mo....i like it.....

regards..........

Vicki said...

ay oo nga i read the FDA and click and click here.......

nakatakot ano? ito rin ang news at makita mo sa TV dito, pero hindi lang china, vietnam, at ano pa yon, ASIA-galing...ewan,....


pero, hindi lang ito,..kahit na dito...kahit saan or ano, polluted na talaga, kahit na sabi pa nila....BIO...ganoon din.....paano kung walang chemicals at pestiside?......

ano na yon AIR we BREATH?....diba ganoon na rin, kahit saan tayo magtago or ano ang kakainin....

ay ewan-.....hindi na lang tayo kakain...or breath the AIR.....lol

thanks for sharing the website for us to read.....it helps a lot to know what´s happening....thank you ha?

Mari said...

tutubi,

Yes, longing for that special halo-halo at the Quinta Market in Quiapo. Hmmm...they top theirs with a spoon of leche flan. (drooling here)

Thanks for flying by my blog, it sure is appreciated.

Mari said...

nini,

Gosh, thanks. Just a rough sketch using markers...so easy to handle - not messy.

You are right. They have local tilapia from Louisiana and/or Texas and the price!!!! $2.49/lb. Maybe, I should turn my spa into a tilapia farm. LOL

We'll have to be extra careful on what to buy and eat nowadays.

Thanks so much for your comment.

Mari said...

vicki,
Mainit na naman dito. Saglit lang lumamig ng kunti, at eto luto na naman kami. He he he

Naku, pati pala galing sa Vietnam at Phil. ay bawal diyan. Ay sus, wala ng makakain na walang chemical. Mahal pa ang local kay sa imported ngayon. It used to be the other way around.

Something good will come out of this. These countries, esp. China, who's the biggest exported of seafood, will try their best to follow the FDA's guidelines so they will regain their lost market. Babait na sila...di na sila mandadaya?

Buti naman at bakasyon si Bernie ng makapag-relax siya na kasama ang mga anak ninyo ngayon at school vacation pa rin sila.

Salamat sa bisita mo. Take care.

Mari said...

vicki,
PS. Yes, you're right. The air we breathe is polluted; the water we drink; and the food we eat. Ano na nga? Kasalanan din natin yan. Some of us doesn't care as long as we make money. Di ba?

Thanks again for coming.

theladybehind said...

Hi Mari,

Ang ganda talaga ng drawing mo. Gusto ko talga siya.

Saka nalang ako magbabasa ng mga write-ups mo kasi masakit na likod ko. I need to rest na. Maghapong nakaupo kasi ako sa harap ng PC ko.

Thank's a lot.

Vicki said...

hi Mari,

thanks sa reply mo sa comments ko....

ay sumaglit-napadaan, kasi i want to say to you my happiness, our happiness,....

good news, sascha passed the actual exam...thanks God....now, he can drive already.....wowwwww

meron na akong driver,,,,,lol

really, bernie n I and of course Sascha we´re so very happy....and Kim too..

sigi, thnaks again, have a nice day there, kahit loto naman kayo....
kami nandito, malapit na ma-frozen...

baliktad tayo ano?...sigi bye....

Ebb Tide said...

Love to eat seafood, especially the pink and reddish shrimps. Love your white shrimp drawing. Buhay na buhay.

Mari said...

the lady,
Welcome to my blog. I'm glad you liked my drawings...kahit na pulpul na artist lang ako. LOL

Thanks for coming...I'll see you later.

Mari said...

vicki,
Hooray, congratulation to Sascha!!!! Finally, he's got his driver's license. Magpa-party ka siguro, ngayon at masaya na kayong lahat...parang nabunutan ng tinik.

Baligtad pala tayo, mainit pa rin dito at malamig na diyan.

Congratulations to the whole family, pala.

Sige, keep warm.

Mari said...

ebb,
I love seafood too. I used to buy a lot of shrimps as they were so cheap...kaya pala!!!! Ngayon di na ako bumili.

"Love your white shrimp drawing. Buhay na buhay." Pumapalag pa! LOL Coming from you, a true artist, that is so flattering.

Thanks for your nice comment.

Anonymous said...

naku, parang wala ng safe kainin 'no? ... oh well. bili na lang muna ng domestic shell/fish. luv your drawings, may personality sila! lol

~nancy~

Mari said...

nancy,
Surprise, napasyal ka. Oo nga wala ng safe na kainin. Sabi nga ng kaibigan ko yun din daw dried fruits na galing China ay masama daw. "Don't eat those," sabi niya. Yun bang champoy sa atin.

Thanks for your visit, and comment.

Pepe said...

Good weekend Mari....! I like the idea of a tanker truck going to the market ha-ha....! =D

razzy said...

ganda ng mga drawings...:)
ang sarap ng mga seafoods, favorite ko ito, (sana nga lang nakakakain ako ngayon). PEro ang dami ng mga kung anu-ano sa food ngayon, katakot talaga kumain..

pati nga mga candies from china dito, pinupull-out, may kung anung kemikal daw, whatever.. baka nga bukas bukas, pati air nga prohibited kase polluted na masyado...heheheheh di ba vicki..

nona said...

oh uh....I don't eat meat (pork and beef), now...pati ang fish and other seafood is unsafe? oh uh...and another oh uh...
tsk tsk...my next proj will be in China anong safe kainin doon? :(
Anyway,thanks sa info Mari

nona said...

ups, pahabol....I would like to comment in your drawings....they're good. very good *wink*

Mari said...

pepe,
You like my truck? LOL

Happy a nice weekend.

Mari said...

razzy,
Pati na pala diyan nakarating na. Ngayon kendi naman...meron pang mga toothpaste daw na galing China na nandito na masama din. China will lose a lot of business for all these. It is, however, one way for them, and other countries to deliver untainted products.

Thanks for your comment.

Mari said...

nona,
Magbaon ka kaya ng mga de lata at yung mga instant noodles. Pero nakakasawa din kung araw-araw yun ang kainin mo. Ang hirap niyan para sa iyo. Well, you'll find something.

Salamat sa pahabol. ;-)

kneeko said...

hmmm seafoods din ako... akala ko kung anong tanker na dala nyo eh hehehe...

ganda ng drawings mo...

Mari said...

Masarap nga seafood, kneeko, pero ingat lalo na ang mga galing China.

Thanks for your visit.

tina said...

grabe. im also aware about eating chinese stuffs. my mom warned me months before the issue about chinese products boomed and was known by everybody...

pero.. now.. im very careful. musta na ateeE?? miss you! *HUGS*

Mari said...

tina,
Good for you, you were forewarned. A lot of people still don't know about these tainted Chinese products.

Miss you too. Take care.

ev said...

What a great work of art Mari! you are so talented!My hat's off to that.

I love your drawings..hmmm..bakit sa lahat ng talent yan ang wala talaga ako!?kahit dahon i swear, hirap akong mag sketch!waahhhh!

Its normal that when you're far from your homeland esp. Phils. you would really miss products that are purely ours lang.

Mari said...

ev,
Gee, thanks.

Baka naman meron kang talent na wala ako...tulad ng pag-kanta. I can't carry a tune. LOL...wala talaga, disintunado ako.

Yeah, I miss some of our food - fruits, seafood and veggies.

Thanks for dropping by.

sasha said...

Malayo pala kayo sa supermarket. Katuwa naman may sketches pang kasama ang post mo.

Katakot ang China ano? Baket ba kasi kung anu-ano nilalagay nila? Hay... Better stay away from products coming from that country na nga muna.

Sorry nahuli na ako dito sa post mo at di naglibot ng ilang araw kasi. Nagbasa ako nang nagbasa while sick hehe

Have a nice day, Mari!

Mari said...

sashy,
Yeah, products from China are scary, and we'd all better stay away from them for now. Kung maayos na nila ang produkto nila saka na lang babalik tayo.

I hope you're feeling much much better.

Thanks for your visit. Muah!

Pepe said...

Good day Mari....! Tinatamad kaya blog muna ako he-he....!

Mari said...

pepe,
Good. Break the monotony. Kelangan ding mag-post ako ng update. LOL Wala pa hanggang ngayon.

Thanks for the visit.

Vicki said...

ay oo nga, thank you very much for your congrats to sascha...

tama ka, when i knew naka pasa siya, ay ang tuwa ko, thanks...
sabi ko thanks pasa na siya, kasi masakit yon bayad...hehhehehe

hindi sa hindi siya nakapasa.....lol

bitaw, jokes only.....

party, yon lang kain lang kami ng spaghete with bolognese sauce, favo nilang 3...

ay naku, anak palaging umalis, sama sa friends nya, sabi ko lang...ingat ka.....probe ka pa...
at sabi pa ng tatay nya, pls,. no alcohol and drive safely...

hay, mga bata...........pero i trust him, he is not too agressive or europian character, may pagka Pinoy pa rin.....and thanks to God.....

sigi, ang taas naman akong magcomments, hope hindi ka ma-bored....

thanks again, ha?

Mari said...

vicki,
Mabait si Sascha, kasi nag-thank you pa sa mga nag-congrats sa kanya sa blog mo. Siyempre nga magulang ka kaya mag-alaala ka rin...ganoon din si Bernie. But he looks like a sensible young man.

Hindi naman ako ma-bore sa comments mo...gusto ko pa nga mayroong nagko-comment. He he he.

Salamat.