Tuesday, September 28, 2010


We traveled down to Hammamet today.  It's like the Las Vegas of Tunisia.  Maybe the Atlantic City, since it's on the beach.  It's where all the Tunisians go for vacation.  It has some casinos and a medina that is actually a mall made to look like an old medina.  It's pretty kitschy but it was lovely.  I just realized that the picture doesn't make it look lovely, what with all those sad gray clouds.  But those cleared up in a jiff and it was nothing but sunshine and gelato after that.

The other day I was drving around town and I saw a restaurant named Cool Buger and it made me instantly crave a really good cheeseburger.  You just can't find American food here.  I mean, you can,

(Yeah, that says Tex Mex)  but it's not going to be close.

We ordered cheeseburgers for lunch, mostly to see what they were like.  They are cheeseburger-ish in that they have meat and cheese on a bun but it's nothing like the real thing.  (Dear Whoever Picks Me Up from the Airport, Please know the location of the nearest In n Out for my welcome home feast.  Hugs, Rachel)

Also, that "Fast Food" on the napkin is a relative term.  It took about 30 minutes to get our food.  This is typical. 

I did have a very authentic Tunisia dish along with my cheeseburger

It's called brik and it's tuna and an egg wrapped in filo dough.  It was ... not bad.  I mean, I don't think I would go out of my way to eat it again but it wasn't awful.  Our waiter spoke some English but Bronwyn had to still figure out a way to explain to him that we wanted the egg fully cooked.  She said that sometimes it will be like it's fresh from the shell.  Ew.  When our waiter found out we were Americans he said that he really wants to go to California so I told him that's where I was from.  A few minutes later Hotel California was playing over the radio and he came out singing it.  Cute.

Speaking of cute

We saw a whole lot of this

But I kid.  Here's what's really cute.

Me and Sam

And here's Henry trying to figure out how to scale the wall to get to the ships

We took a horse and buggy ride down by the beach.  It was a very Seinfeldian moment for me.



The Katzbox said...

The boys are cute..and lucky little guys.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around Tunisian TexMex...

It frightens to wonder what the original filo dough was originally designed for...what it hid, to be exact...

And I think that the word "California" evokes very graphic, romantic, fun images for many people around the world. I love it that he played the Eagles song. How adorable.

Keep 'em coming!

Amanda said...

I miss you. Have Bronwyn take more pictures of you. For me and your mom!

Katie said...

As long as you didn't fee him Beef-A-Reeno, I think you're fine to ride.

Rach said...

You are living such a glamorous life right now. I'd like to send in a request to Project Runway for them to all design fabulous outfits to wear while dining at the Embassy and touring the country side.

Valerie said...

There are so many adorable things about this post, but, ugh, that cheeseburger looks dismal.

I'm about to go eat a bag of cheetos in your honor.