This past weekend I lived life to the fullest and ate like a queen. I was in Maseru (the capital city of Lesotho) and ate the most delicious meal I’ve had in the past two years! I left feeling over satiated and almost sick, but I didn’t regret a single bite! My friend and I treated ourselves to an “All You Can Eat” dinner buffet at the Lesotho Sun. Now this buffet put all buffets to shame. I went in prepared for a marathon and tried my hardest to pace myself after not having eaten all day because I made a promise to myself to try everything they offered and I just nearly succeeded. I think the easiest way to convey my experience would be to list all of the delicious and decadent foods I made love to.
1st plate: crackers, 4 hard cheeses, green and black olives, deli sliced salami, deli sliced turkey, bean salad, carrot salad, Greek salad, feta cheese, tomato and cucumber salad
2nd plate: rice, chicken in alfredo cream sauce with mushrooms and peppers, pork in BBQ sauce, beef strip stir fry, fried fish, beef cutlets in gravy
3rd plate: pineapple BBQ ribs, roasted potatoes, broccoli with almonds
4th plate: rotisserie chicken (leg), leg of lamb slice, green beans with caramelized onions, butternut squash, shell pasta with mince meat sauce
5th plate: lemon cheesecake with mixed berry sauce and sponge cake crust, strawberry cheesecake with a shortbread cookie crust
I am ashamed to say that I neglected to eat the tomato bisque with homemade croutons, I did not get a steak or chicken breast prepared in front of me and by the time dessert rolled around I could only stomach a few bites of the two cheesecakes, therefore neglecting a giant chocolate brownie, fruit crumble, custard, cream puffs and two kinds of cakes. Despite the physical limitation of my stomach, I’m not only impressed but also proud of accomplishing such a culinary feat!
In all seriousness, I have never felt this sensation before in my life after eating. It was complete euphoria and it was as if I were quite literally drunk on food! My friend and I walked out of the hotel keeled over and struggling to move. Never in my life have I experienced such a food coma as this even after all the Thanksgiving meals I’ve had in America.
That’s one thing that being a Peace Corps Volunteer has taught me: I know how to get a proper bang for my buck, and I indeed ate WELL over the value of what I paid for. Mission accomplished.