Sunday, November 5, 2006

Continuing to nibble my way through the animal kingdom

Team dinner in Nairobi was at the Safari Park hotel's Nyama Choma Lounge. "Nyama Choma" is Swahili for "roast meat," and there was plenty of it. They started off with a soup (which I skipped) and a rather salty salad, then progressed from familiar to exotic meats - sausage (I skipped it), chicken, beef, pork, goat, spare ribs, more chicken, crocodile, camel. And cheesecake for dessert. I was a little disappointed that they never brought over any lamb, since it was on the list, or ostrich, since they hinted that they had some.

In America, most people use goats for milk and grass/rubbish disposal, but in the Caribbean and Africa they're commonly eaten. Goat tastes somewhat like lamb, not bad, really.

Crocodile wasn't very appealing. It doesn't have much flavor, and is pretty chewy. I only ate a little bit.

Camel is pretty chewy, but flavor-wise, it's not really that far from donkey, so although some of my teammates had a hard time with it, I enjoyed it.

There was a show, too, with dancers and acrobats and all that.

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