Thursday, March 31, 2011

Entry 19 3.24.11

Entry 19, March 24th, 2011, 11:48pm

Today was crew barbeque day, and man, is that a good thing! I was expecting hot dogs on the back deck, but I forget that when the hospitality industry decides they want to take care of their employees they have all the resources of their trade at their disposal. There were, of course, hot dogs and hamburgers, but there was so much more! Entire grilled fish, two types of ribs, Indian flatbread, corn on the cob, brown rice, cajun rice, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries, mangos, melons, greens, green beans cooked with bacon, sandwhiches, pies, cheesecake . . . you get the idea. There was even a friggin' ice sculpture!

So as employees go, I feel pretty appreciated. This was helped by the fact that the orchestra had today off. My favorite parts of the barbeque, though, were the dishes that would not exist anywhere except here, where several very different cultures are all coming together. There were the small rolls, covered with sweetened whipped butter and then sprinkled heavily with sharp cheddar cheese (surprisingly good). My favorite dish was a caribbean jerk chicken curry, eaten with a wheat-based type of naan bread. Mmm. Hooray for cultural exchange!

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