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  1. Want to cut down on the accidents? Then stop playing games with road blocks and get out on the road and make moving violation stops. Stop the speeders. Stop the illegal lane changes and illegal turns. Stop the '3&4 lanes' of tuk-tuks and motorbikes on two-lane roads. Get out there where the accidents are happening and stop them BEFORE they happen. If motorbike riders don't have a helmet, take away the bike. Don't let them ride away. Unfortunately (have you noticed... most of the replies in this thread begin with 'unfortunately...') this won't be done. It's far more lucrative to have 4-5 road blocks around the moat, manned by 10-15 police, rather than have them out on the roads making stops. It's also far safer for them.
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    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar -Renaissance!

    Back left-side food court in Kalare, back left-side corner vendor called 'Istanbul' ( I think it used to be called ' Constantinople ' in the past...) This was just plain lamb chunks on a skewer, but very tasty.
  3. We had occasion to visit the Night Bazaar on Changklan Rd for the first time an quite a while, squiring a young visitor from Japan. I was surprised to find it packed shoulder to shoulder with tourists. Kalare, Annusarn Market, as well as the street itself was packed with tourists anxiously handing over money for memories of their visit. The number of food courts seems to have tripled or quadrupled since my last exploration of this area, with three new (to me) venues where food vendors sold their goods. At 7:30 it was difficult to find an available table at any of them. I had to wait in line with 10-12 people ahead of me for my dinner of grilled lamb and a donnar kebab plate. Good taste and more than good value for the money. While we as 'locals' found nothing new being sold, our young tourist friend was in tourist shopping heaven, buying the obligatory circus pants, wooden frogs, and beaded bracelets to bring back as gifts for the folks back home. I know that the stats say that tourism is down, but perhaps they are only counting the courted Chinese bus tours. Very few Chinese to be seen, but a jam-packed busy tourist night market without them. O'Mally's only had two people inside, and the place with live music just beyond it had 4 customers, but the night markets vendors catering to the tourist crowd all were smiling!
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    Rimping 'used' to sell Yorkshire tea and Yorkshire Gold back in the day. Actually, Rimping carried Taylors, Jacksons, and even several nice Darjeelings, but dropped them all about 15 years ago. These days, if you want quality teas from a supermarket, a few can be found in Villa Market or Gourmet Market in Bangkok. Right now Rimping is pushing a boutique 'Tea Book' for big bucks for small, mediocre tea.
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    Plastic bags, you've been warned.

    Softwood trees are a renewable crop. Just like any other crop grown by farmers. There is no shortage of soybeans, corn, or wheat. There is no shortage of pulpwood trees. Plus... paper is completely recyclable.
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    Even if you fill them with your own loose leaf teas?
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    You can buy PG Tips here in Chiang Mai. Rimping has several varieties. Tops often has at least one variety of PG Tips.
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    That would be 'Bettys.' The Taylor brothers opened "Tea Kiosks" in the Yorkshire towns of Harrogate and Ilkley, and in 1962, local tea room competitor 'Betty's' took over 'Taylor's', renamed it 'Taylors of Harrogate' and formed Bettys and Taylors Group, which still to this day, is owned by the family of Fredrick Belmont (who was Swiss,) who founded 'Betty's Tea Rooms'.
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    No need to imagine. Amazon sells Yorkshire tea for £5.25 for 250g. Double that for a bit more than a pound of tea, and at today's currency conversion rates, it's $13.35 for a pound of Yorkshire tea. Taylors of Harrogate introduced 'Yorkshire' tea in 1886, and it's currently the UK's second most popular tea, just behind PG Tips (which isn't bad, but I think Yorkshire tea is better!)
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    As I said before, with high quality teas, double use will show no difference in taste at all. In fact, with some teas, one throws away the first infusion and only drinks the second and third. A Pu'er tea will normally get 'washed' once if not twice before drinking. However, with some commercially bagged tea, it should be thrown away BEFORE using... if tea is to be appreciated.
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    High quality Black teas should be brewed with fresh water that has just boiled, and not allowed to cool before adding to the tea. However, anything above 97° will make a good cup of tea. Generally speaking, letting the boiled water cool for a minute or two before adding will still make a great cup of tea. Oolong teas a best brewed with boiled water that has cooled to between 80°-85°c Green Tea gives its best flavor with boiled water that has cooled to between 75°-80°c It made my eyes bleed to read this... LOL!
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    That is the 'usual' ratio for black teas, although some teas are of a different 'size,' so some care needs be taken. Some teas are sold almost as 'granules' and so need a 'scant' teaspoon of tea, while others are large withered leaves and may require a tablespoon per person... plus one for the pot! Sorry, the currency makes no difference. It's the ratio that is important. With high quality teas, double use will show no difference in taste at all. In fact, with some teas, one throws away the first infusion and only drinks the second and third. A Pu'er tea will normally get 'washed' once if not twice before drinking, and ordinary green teas made by the pot will see the pot refilled three or four times, if not more.
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    The tea that is used for tea bags IS at the lowest level of tea, called 'fannings.' This is why real tea connoisseurs always request loose-leaf tea. The depth of flavor is severely lacking. If you were to buy Twinings 'English Breakfast' tea as loose-leaf, and buy it as already bagged, and tasted the two side by side, you'd never want to buy their tea bags again. This is true of 90% of the branded teas. That said, there ARE a couple of companies that do not use Fannings in their tea bags; 'Jackson of Picadilly,' 'Taylors of Harrogate,' and 'Yorkshire' being the three most well known. For convenience sake, may people will buy loose-leaf tea, and bag their own, using packages of empty tea bags bought in Japanese and Chinese markets. Here in Chiang Mai, you can purchase empty tea bags at any of the 'Daiso' stores (Nim City, Airport Plaza, Central Festival, etc.) While not a good as a large infuser (some say the small bags inhibit free flow of water around the leaves which is why fannings are used in commercial bagged tea,) they are certainly convenient! With all due respect, tea bags first hit the scene around the turn of the 20th century. Here is more than you ever wanted to know about tea bags.... A tea importer named Thomas Sullivan created the first ones out of silk, to use as samples to give to his customers. Patents for tea bags began showing up in 1903. William Hermanson invented heat-sealed paper tea bags and sold his patent to the Salada Tea Company in 1930. In 1944, the typical shape of the tea bag was revised from the 'sack' style of bag to the currently common rectangular style of tea bag. In 1952, Lipton Tea company patented the so-called "flo-thru" bag, which has four sides instead of two and which was intended for those who were brewing in mugs rather than small teacups. One final note... For those who really appreciate fine tea, the English Breakfast tea sold a 'Viang Joom On' tea shop on Charoenrat Rd. has some of the best I've tasted. They have quite a large variety of teas, especially 'flavored teas which I don't care for, but their straight teas, although quite expensive, are worth the price!
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    Tea vs. Coffee

    But... the cost of production, per pound, is the real kicker.. Coffee averages $1.33 USD per pound to produce. Tea averages $1.27 USD to produce. The retail pricing on both has little to do with the cost of production. In fact, one connoisseur paid $28,000 USD for just 20g of Da Hong Pao tea. Perhaps the world is still trying to recoup losses from the 'Boston Tea Party,' in which 46 tons of tea were dumped into Boston Harbor.