Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Of Vilnius: In which are discussed the Potato Bombs

This was the dinner your correspondent ate in Lithuania. They are "Zeppelins," which are meatballs wrapped in mashed potatoes and boiled, then slathered with butter sauce. It is a traditional food that people apparently eat on purpose.

The Baltic cuisine news did not improve over the weekend. The next morning we stopped at a blintz stand we had spotted the day before. The Lovely Katherine, paying no mind to the time of day (actually, many honest people were eating lunch by then), had a chocolate and banana blintz (or blynai in Lithuanian, I know but can't tell that it's different from a crêpe). I asked about the savory options and decided for the "spicy pork" filled option. Which looked delicious as the piled a little mountain of ground pork and beans on the pancake. Then they added an equal part of ketchup. Then they added an equal part of mayonnaise.

As if this wasn't bad enough, on our way out of town, we spotted a restaurant promising doner kebab and burritos. We decided we had to roll the dice and try Lithuanian burritos. It wasn't all bad, other than that it was drenched in thousand island dressing and cooked in a panini grill thing. The rule, as always in the Baltics, is to imagine the food you want and then to imagine it with a pound of sour cream or mayo on top of it and decide if you still want it. This counts for salad.

There are a lot of very cool things about the Baltics, but when bidding on our next tour, your correspondents have pledged to take cuisine into account more seriously. How do you say "Zeppelin" in Thai?


Anonymous said...

ROTFLOL at your descriptions.


Kelsey said...

Haha! Ah, international food...

Matt said...

Indeed. I'm sure the Korean options are better, but the M*A*S*H-style metal tray presentation could use some work.

Kelsey said...

Yeah, the metal trays and cups always make the food feel even more like prison food. I should at least be happy that I don't have to wait in line for it - we teachers thankfully just walk to the front of the line. A little un-egalitarian, but this is Korea - I don't think that the word "egalitarian" is in their vocabulary.

By the way, I found your blog through a list of foreign service blogs. My boyfriend is a former FS-brat, I'm an expat, and I'm considering applying to the FS myself in a year or two, depending on how well I re-adapt to a non-traveling life.