I am gearing up for my second trip to the Middle East. Last time I went to Afghanistan but this time I get to see the lovely country of Iraq.
My main complaint while I was gone last time was the food. In fact, my wifes last words to me before I took off were "dont get yourself killed trying to get good food!" The KBR chow halls were horrible and was a constant rotation of leftovers that werent good the first time around. The UN chow halls (real plates and silverware!) were unbelievable but were few and far between. The LNs in my office could bring in local food which was great but I hated hitting them up three times a week to bring me food since food delivery was not their main job. A couple of restaurants in town would deliver...a phillipino place was passable but nothing special. My only real saving grace was meeting an afghan who grew up in the states but owned a Lebanese restaurant in town. The flafel (sp?) and hummus almost made me cry.
So my question is....who has some tips for me to maintain a decent level of eating while I am gone? What items did you have sent from home (that traveled well!) to satisfy your cravings? Any good ideas to help choke down KBR food? Or, do you have any good stories about eating in a third world country that uncle sam sent you to?