It’s time to start licking my chops in anticipation of the next Ethnic Food Fair on Sunday, May 26. And based on my prior experience at the last four, I’ve also realized that I’d better make good use of the next 10 days to plan my approach.
You see, with 32 different cultures all serving several different popular dishes, beverages, and desserts, I tend to stuff myself too soon and then miss out on something I wish I had saved room for had I known it was being served. (And for the record, dogs can sometimes be selective about what they eat).
Thankfully, the good folks at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages have posted a complete menu for this year’s food fest. (I advise against clicking the “menu” link on an empty stomach—consider yourself warned).
OK, since you’ve probably clicked the link anyway, you’ll quickly notice that not only will some cultures be serving your all-time favorite dishes, or ones you’ve always been curious about trying, but certain “houses” are, shall we say, “going all out.”
Take the House of Lebanon for example. I mean, are you kidding me? Lamb shwarma, chicken shwarma, kafte, taboli, mosaka, and cheese pie? That’s an entire fair’s worth of food in itself!
And don’t get me started on India (basmati rice, nan bread, chicken curry, vegetable curry, samosas, chai latte, and mango smoothies) or Puerto Rico (rice and beans, empanadas, alcapurrias, pasteles, and rellenos de papa). I almost don’t even care what some of these dishes’ are that I don’t recognize by name because they just sound good.
So, here’s my plan so far: I arrive at 10am, right when the Ethnic Food Fair opens, and quickly make my way to the above mentioned food stations. Then throughout the rest of the day, I pace myself on the food-scrap collecting by watching a full day of music, dance, and other cultural performances on the main stage, which run until 5pm.
Fortunately, I still have over a week to work out the rest of my feeding itinerary for the day, which this year will begin by skipping breakfast … OK, maybe just a few kibbles before I leave the house in the morning.