I've been into hot and spicy food for a dozen years or so, and have been a subscriber to the Chileheads Internet Mailing list for more than half that time. From this list was developed a series of gatherings where list members in certain areas converge on a location known as a "Hotluck" Where folks bring and prepare good hot stuff. One of these Hotlucks that I attended up in Warren, NJ about a year and a half ago was filmed by the TV Food Network where it was featured on a special called "Eat the Heat." This same lady is hosting another one in a couple of weeks.
I also maintain a website section devoted to chiles and spicy food at: =Mark's Hotlinks
I've tried growing chiles, but my yard is too shaded, but I have some great produce markets and a wonderful hotsauce and spicy food shop in Red Bank.
Recently I've become really enamored of Thai food, and am constantly frustrated that Monmouth County has little to offer here. Coincidentally I am currently organizing the 4th eGullet NJ Dinner
At Mie Thai in Woodbridge, NJ this Sunday. Feel free to sign up!
Well I better wrap this novel up, 15 or so posts till I get to upgrade to my true avatar!