Thursday, April 7, 2011


Tuesday, April 5 – When we played Frisbee golf at the park on Saturday, we noticed some long pine needles under some trees on the course. So Marsha needing needles for her pine baskets, we returned to the park today to gather some. They weren't as long as she would have liked, but at 7-8” she gathered a bag full and may use them.


We also stopped at the Hong Kong Mall in the Chinese/Vietnamese section of Houston. Hong Kong City Mall is one of the largest Asian indoor malls in the U.S.



This was like an Oriental Sam's Club. Most of the items were packaged in Chinese so we couldn't read many of the labels. But we could read some and what was in the packages surprised us.

Lobster crackers and squid crackers?

The Bamboo trees were beautiful

The place did smell like a fishing harbor. There was every time of live fish you can image…for purchase of course.




At the checkout we saw the strangest fruit called Jackfruit for $1.99/lb. It is a Thai food. Enormous and prickly on the outside. Once a jackfruit is cracked open, what you will find inside are pods or "bulbs". The fleshy part (the "bulb") can be eaten as is, or cut up and cooked. When unripe (green), it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat. In fact, canned jackfruit (in brine) is sometimes referred to as "vegetable meat". We weren’t in an adventurous mood.


It was a neat experience. Unfortunately, the deli isn't open of Tuesdays, so we may visit again to see what's available. We did buy some soup, some shrimp flavored chips, a cream roll and a small tart. We ate the roll and tart in the car for a snack.....yummmm.

The entire mall contained only Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc. type of shops. We only knew what they were selling once we got into the mall.



There was a deep blue pond in front of the mall.


Right down the road is a memorial to the South Viet Nam servicemen.



Spring has sprung all over Houston. The flowers are out in full force. Marsha loves this time of year.





Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Were those Bleeding Hearts. I love them. The only actual plants I had at the stix and bricks were three bleeding hearts.

    That mall is really interesting. I wouldn't have been adventurous at all. Just not my thing. But it was fun to see what they were selling.

  2. What are those pretty white and red flowers - third photo from the bottom? Oh how I miss my gardens and hope to be able to do a bit of it during our volunteer stint this summer. The market looked quite interesting. I used to visit one down the road from where I worked and would sometimes make some interesting purchases ~ the smell tho, often got the best of me!
    Great post, as usual!
    Take care you two...

  3. I love the spring flowers! They seem to be popping up all over. I bet the bluebonnets are all over Texas now too!
    Did you pick out a fish and take it home?

  4. That Jackfruit was one of the things they had to eat on Chef vs The City on Food Network. Tastes absolutely horrible.

    I had bleeding hearts in stix and brix. Hardy plants, I mowed them over every fall and they always came back up.

  5. Are you sure those crackers are for people. The first one looked like cat food. :)


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