Kitchen PSA: Cast Iron Care

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We deviate slightly from this blog’s travel mission to deliver an essential message for home: Cast-iron pans are cheap, sturdy, non-stick, and incredibly easy to care for. I have to say it, because people seem to have the wrong idea about cast iron–that it’s somehow a finicky, fragile thing that needs special care. And this …

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Addis Ababa Food Tour with Addis Eats

These guys are in the restaurant, in view of everyone. They're also sort of hammy, and loved having their picture taken.

Did I mention they eat Ethiopian food in Ethiopia? I mean, of all the crazy things! This only struck me as remarkable, I suppose, because the Ethiopian restaurants I’ve been to all have very much the same aesthetic and presentation and menu. So I assumed they were presenting a semifictional version of Ethiopia, the way …

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Addis Ababa, Roughly

Crossing the bridge by the ex-railway station.

When Peter and I got on the plane to Addis Ababa, we were giddy about every little thing. They were playing Ethiopian music! And the safety cards were in Ethiopian letters! We truly had no idea what to expect when we arrived. We certainly didn’t expect to arrive in what was, to my eyes, Cairo …

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The Sugar King of Rwanda

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Before we leave Rwanda, and while we’re still on the subject of material culture, let me just mention how nice it is that you can get intensely gingery tea with milk pretty much anywhere there. For instance, at the edge of a national park: Please note Heineken umbrella, and waiter in Heineken shirt. On the …

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