# 1 Swedish delight!
Swedish dinner with our lovely friends. The first course comprised of pickled herring and eel served with Aquavit, but not until you sing a traditional Swedish song!
Second course was traditional Swedish meatballs!
#2 Amazing traditional Afghan cuisine at the home of our favorite family in Kabul.
Highlights include my favorite Afghan dish, Shola, a slow-cooked rice dish which I refer to as "Afghan risotto", Mantu - small pockets of dough filled with meat topped with yogurt, grilled pumpkin, naan, mixed salad, daal, and a green-colored Pilau called Emerald Pilau, colored with spinach and topped with nuts.
The evening was completed with traditional Afgan music.
#3 Chocolate Fondue at the local Lebanese restaurant
After all, who would not expect chocolate fondue at a Lebanese place, in Kabul? Decadent.
#4 - Raclette at the L'Atmosphere French Restaurant
A plate of cold cuts, chopped peppers, pickles, and a boiled potato - all topped with perfectly melted gooey cheese, what's not to love!
Grilling the perfect meat for our chocolate chili.
We made our 'award winning' (as in the dish that won 'Popular Choice' at the 2009 US Embassy chili cook-off) for my colleagues the other night. The whole process started off with much more attention to grilling the meat perfectly, than previously attempted - it was definitely worth it.