Just two years ago, the word rolling off many people’s tongues in the world – and the Seattle area – was about a shortage of rice.
Prices jumped. It was taking longer for shipments to arrive. Restaurant owners were out searching for the staple, which is popular for Asian food.
Restaurant customers were asking price questions. Some members of the public stockpiled bags when they could.
I don’t follow the rice market that closely – except for when I’m literally in a market. So, I was happy to see bags and bags of rice sitting on top of one another the other day at Uwajimaya, the Asian market which has a large store in Seattle’s International District.
The question, of course, is why did I start thinking about rice recently?