Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lee Lee's Market

Tucson has the most amazing Oriental Market called Lee Lee's that is just a few miles from my house.  I actually had occasion to visit the market twice this week....

Once with my friend Andrea ....

and the following day with friends Lynda and Robin.  I realize that two days in an Oriental market may sound excessive but the friends had never seen it before and I think it is an experience not to be missed.

They all three agreed with me.

First of all, it is huge.  

and mind-boggling--soy sauce anyone?

The isles are laid out by country, each displaying an  array of very different and exotic foods.  Who knew there were so many types of noodles, rice and teas.

I was not sure what these balls were.

But lots of interesting fruits....

and vegetables.

and .....

Robin had to check out the little altars.  

All the Buddhas were happy. 
It was a fun way to spend a couple of afternoons, but I am not sure how to prepare the Masman Curry Paste or the Ngu Vi Hu'o'ng that fell into my grocery cart.  The instructions on the back of the packages are a little hard to decipher.

This week I received an email from Jeanne Wolff about Music and I thought you readers might like to know how he is doing....
"We are getting along with Music and he is getting along with us. He is back in the living room next to his friend Foot right now because the cage situation got crowded in the bird room but they will go back in there with the next cleaning. Someone had to be in isolation for a week which meant an extra cage but she has recovered from her hurt foot and moved back to her original home now so space has been freed up.
Music seems to really want to either play with Foot or fight with him, one can never tell, but they seem to be happy sitting next to each other. He is still eating homemade cereal with gusto and likes chard. Today they have a couple of olive branches to chew on and he wants to chew on the leaves but does not like the little branch in his cage. He does like it when Foot gets on his cage and walks around on it but they do not appear to play with each other. Music is such a good name for him because he sings so well."
 Sigh Me is doing just great.  She is eating enough to gain weight and seems to be feeling much better.  We've taken a few mini trips in the RV and that really makes her happy.  It would make me happy if we could take a few longer trips.

There are still no potential buyers or lookers for the house.  According to the real estate agent, the market in Tucson is down right now.  So I am beginning to think I will be in the house for a long time.  Well, I can always explore the Mexican Market, the Greek Market and there's a new Safeway in town.

Stay tuned...I'll post again next Sunday.


  1. Thanks again for the updates Toni.....neat items in the store....interesting


  2. Those red pointy things are banana blossoms, and the big fruit is jackfruit.
    Glad Sigh Me is so much better and that your little birdie has a good home now.
    We've been through the real estate grind & know how it is. I hope you get what you need soon on that.

  3. Thanks for the info. However, how do you cook banana blossoms or jackfruit? I did bring home a small yellow mellon-like fruit that I ate for breakfast this morning. It tasted like a sweet cucumber and was very good. I am always surprised at how many fruits & vegetables we never see or eat.

  4. Thanks for the tip! After the 17th Street market closed, we haven't had anywhere interesting to shop. We will check it out.
    Sorry the house is not moving. It's just beyond aggravating.