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Great things in store for 2011

The recycled rice bag products we are offering have been met with great enthusiasm.

The bags are made by the Daughters of Cambodia, a group that rescues girls (and boys) from the sex business in Phnom Penh.  All the proceeds will go back to the Daughters of Cambodia.

The items will be on sale at two upcoming events:

A reception at Chapter One: the modern local.  A restaurant scheduled to open next month at 227 N. Broadway in Santa Ana's Artist Village area. Jeff  Hall and his partners will sell Kampot pepper and Chef Oge Dalken will incorporate it in some of his recipes. (

Then Chef Haley Nguyen will conduct a cooking demonstration featuring Kampot pepper at her Xanh Bistro, 16161 Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley.  Haley teaches Culinary Arts at Cypress and Saddleback colleges in addition to running a great restaurant with very innovative dishes.

Details to both events should be coming soon.  Stay tuned.




A Horrible Tragedy

Monday, November 22, 2010

Our hearts go out to the hundreds of people who were injured and killed in this weekend's horrible tragedy. What started as a celebration of the Water Festival in Phnom Penh left more than 300 dead and hundreds injured. We are deeply sorry for their loss.


Last Day in Phnom Penh

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Well, it's the last day in Phnom Penh before heading home.

Wasn't able to make connections with Esther at Khmer Life as planned.  Hopefully, we'll be able to do our business through emails.

I went to the Russian Market this morning to finish some last minute shopping, returned to the hotel to pack up so I'm ready to leave for the airport at 9:00 am tomorrow.

The hotel (California 2) has worked out really well. The guys who run it are friendly and helpful. The tacos are really, pretty good. The huevos rancheros are good, even though you have to pay extra…they're not included in the free breakfast. There's plenty of cable TV showing old, bad movies. The same tuk tuk drivers are out front all the time so you get to know them.

All in all, a great trip…very productive…have many of the pieces in place to get this business going.


Another Incredible Day!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I had a very enjoyable lunch at Malis with Starling Farm owners, Mark and Anna. They've had an interesting journey starting the farm, creating innovative growing techniques and receiving Kampot Pepper authentication. They are going to be a great partner.

After lunch, I picked up the new packaging from Daughters of Cambodia and it looks great. Ruth gave me a tour of the day center which was an eye-opening experience. They gave me brochures, a copy of the DVD and photos which we can use for promotion. They also sent me off with various items from the shop to sell on consignment.

Another incredible day. I feel like the pieces are in place to make this a great success.



Alone in Phnom Penh

Days 1-2

Well, the adventure began with a bang. I arrived in Phnom Penh (without Cris this time) and had a very productive and encouraging meeting with the folks at Daughters of Cambodia. I will be returning to pick up samples of the packaging this afternoon. Their ideas were amazing, things we never thought of, like using only naturally dyed fabric, right down to the drawstring. I can't wait to see what they come up with. 

I've booked the bus trip to Kep and leave first thing in the morning. Meet with the pepper folks there (in nearby Kampot, actually) and get all the product details ironed out...shipping...availability...etc.

Off to have fish and chips for lunch...and maybe a Beer Lao.