My colleague is getting married on Saturday and he and his fiancée are doing most everything themselves, which I heartily congratulate them for because I couldn't deal with getting married either in Morocco or the US. Anyway, we have it easy in comparison. I've mentioned earlier that we have visitors every weekend this month. Thank goodness for safeway.com and Google Calendar.
On Monday evening we went with a friend from San Francisco to dinner at Mezè, the Turkish restaurant in Adams Morgan. His special request was to sample a cuisine that isn't found in SF. What a challenge! Mezè was fine, but remarkably similar to Lebanese food. Maybe we should've asked the server for Turkish dishes that were really Turkish and not just Mediterranean.
This weekend a friend of mine who was my Peace Corps stage (training) mate is coming up from the Atlanta area for three days. I'm excited to see her. We haven't seen each other for...ten years? We're going to get massages by another stage-mate who has his own massage therapy business with his wife. Then an evening at Roger Miller Resto for Cameroonian food, just for old times' sake.
The following weekend we have two people staying with us, and then hopefully a chance to see other folks during their time in the US, including flemmarde. Exciting! Of course the logistics are complicated by Ramadan and a couple of other events like Mormon-Muslim dinner. It's all good fun.
The problem is, in Turkey they told me the same thing as in Egypt - there isn't really any food here that is OURS. So of course it tastes Lebanese. Maybe Lebanese food tastes Turkish but the Lebanese did better at internationalizing the cuisine.
I like it, it's good food, but not so much a "cuisine" and not so different from Mediterranean necessarily - I mean, Turkey is on the Mediterranean! I don't know what kinds of food they eat in the east, but we were in the west/tourist land, so...