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Aspen Saturday Market

Pad Thai, photo by Yin Xiong

Pad Thai, photo by Yin Xiong

Honey from Basalt, souvenir for myself

Honey from Basalt, souvenir for myself

For me, the Aspen Saturday Market is one of the most important components of my life in Aspen. Time flies: today was already the last chance for me to go to the market this summer. As the result, I bought a bottle of Basalt Honey as a souvenir for myself, and had two entrées from the Thai Food stand: Pad Thai and Thai Basil Chicken. 

 

The stand, called Thai 2 Go, is where I get my lunch every Saturday. My routine is Green Curry Chicken accompanied by Thai Iced Tea, the amount of which leaves space for me to get desserts afterwards. The tea is very tasty when the ice cubes balance down the sweetness properly; however, the cup I got today was too sweet and still warm at the bottom. I had to position my straw close to the ice in order to get the right taste. I did not get Green Curry today. I decided to get the Pad Thai because the photo my friend took from last week was so captivating... But it was not enough for my empty stomach, so I ordered Thai Basil Chicken right after I finished the Pad Thai. The Pad Thai was too sweet for me, while the Thai Basil Chicken was really spicy - in a good way. I also finally discovered a sauce that they had been putting on the side of the counter for many years that I had never tried before: a super spicy pepper sauce. It was a surprise for me, because I LOVE spicy foods, and this one was especially delicious. I mixed it with the rice and I almost finished it on its own. It may be the same sauce they use to cook the Thai Basil Chicken, but compared to the sauce, the chicken seemed too mild.

 

Other must-try items in the market include the honey I got, the kettle corn, the mini donuts and so on. (I also got a painting here last year. I should post it up next time!)

freshly-fried donuts

freshly-fried donuts

Aspen Kettle Corn

Aspen Kettle Corn

Thai Food Stand

Thai Food Stand

Students busking in the market

Students busking in the market