Originally Posted by Chopstix
Well, breakfast has come and gone. Our guests were a very nice couple from San Diego (originally from Ohio and Chicago). They liked the Khao Kluk Kapi very much, the husband had second helpings of it and even scooped up most of the chopped chillis on the platter. Turns out he has a high threshold for heat and spiciness. They also had some of the western fare but jst a bit. They were very appreciative of the food. I noticed that they had only a little of the fruits though. I served them sliced ripe mangoes which they couldn't identify at first. It could have been their first time to taste it. I also had a bowl of tropical fruits like mangosteen, longan, rose apple and santol for them to pick off and just slice open. They seemed hesitant so I guess the fruits may have been too novel for them...
I would like to comment on the fruits you served. Mangoes are available all year in San Diego but the other fruits we grow because we are growers of "rare fruits". Tropical fruits are not sold at our super markets. Many people here will not eat "strange fruits" if it is not a citrus, apple, pear, peach, etc. of the northern European variety. We go to peoples markets in countries to try native fruits. You can frequently buy Asian fruits and vegetables at the Asian Markets. I love durian but have to hold my nose to eat it. I have tried to serve tropical fruits from our garden to friends without success.