Daily Archives: August 26, 2011

Iftar & The Kuwait 8

I am slowly coming to realize that there is a universal obsession with food. It’s not just a Wisconsin thing. There’s the freshman 15, the post-wedding pounds, and now the Kuwait 8. The food here is absolutely amazing and plentiful. On every corner there is fresh baklava or hummus, and in every household there are platters upon platters of delectable treats. It’s really too good to turn down (thus my new obsession with daily yoga and bicycling)!

Last night we were treated to an iftar dinner by our school (AISK). Apparently someone in administration has wasta, because this place was rolling in dough.

As I previously said, ‘Iftar’ is the break in which Muslims break the fast during Ramadan. By the way, to help contextualize this, Ramadan is the Islamic equivalent of Christmas in terms of importance and celebration. It is during Ramadan that they believe the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. Iftar normally begins with eating dates and drinking water. In this photo, you can see the dates in the center of our table (Sean absolutely loves them!). The couple on the left are friends we’ve made from Newfoundland, and the couple on the far side of the table are from Oregon 🙂

The meal consisted of an ENORMOUS buffet which consisted of multiple salads, dips, sauces, smoked fish, spanakopita-esque tapas, (What fusion! I love it!) soups, breads, cheeses, you name it. Then you went outside onto a beautiful balcony over the golf course for the meats. (Which is another long story… a golf course in Kuwait… note the POND in the picture. Shortly after taking this photo I wondered if the water evaporates out of it every day…)

Needless to say, the food was amazing. The dinner was hosted by a Kuwaiti family that has close ties to the school (see the definition of wasta above). And then there was dessert…

We were stuffed. What a wonderful time! Tonight I am going to the bicycle souk to find myself a slick set of wheels! Wish me luck!

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