Picking up a special food item for a friend or relative is a time-honoured Thai tradition when one makes a trip out of town. It's not uncommon for a friend to make a request for a particular food that is available at the destination. The one doing the buying figures that the one making the request must appreciate the fine points of the desired food item and may have a particular shop in mind, and the buyer in turn may be interested in learning where the best place to buy a particular item is.
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Sometimes the person making the trip may be primarily interested in buying a food item for himself, but may also want to pick up some for a friend or relative whom he knows will appreciate it.
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