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View From Your Table

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

The reader writes:

Greetings from Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to the one of the longest unbroken beachlines in the world. I’m here on vacation with my family and we’re having a late lunch at the Mermaid Beach Resort. It’s an eco-resort with a decidedly artsy/crunchy feel, much more integrated into the environment than many of the ritzier, sanitized resorts. The dish is a homemade seafood pasta with shrimp, lobster, and fish, all freshly caught.

So beautiful! I confess I’ve never thought of Bangladesh in this way. What a gift to have this picture.

Segovia, Spain

The reader writes:

We had dinner in front of the chimney, consisting of langostinos, crab cakes, asparagus soufflé, Spanish jamon and then baked corvina in coconut milk, with a chile cilantro sauce. All washed down with a mega magnum bottle of fine Rioja.

Wow. Viva España!

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12 Comments To "View From Your Table"

#1 Comment By Hypnos On January 1, 2018 @ 3:17 pm

Wish everyone a scrumptious New Year!

#2 Comment By Viriato On January 1, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

Happy New Year, Rod, and Merry Christmas. (As an Orthodox Christian, do you celebrate Christmas on January 7? Even if you don’t, Merry Christmas, since it is still the Christmas season).

[NFR: Most non-Russian Orthodox Christians observe the Nativity on December 25. It’s called “New Calendar”. The Russian Church still uses the Julian calendar, or “Old Calendar”. When we had our mission parish in St. Francisville, it was a Russian parish, and therefore on the Julian calendar. Our current parish is one of the Orthodox Church in America, which is NC. Thanks for your kind wishes. — RD]

#3 Comment By The Mighty Favog On January 2, 2018 @ 4:21 am

Meanwhile in Cox’s Bazar . . .


#4 Comment By Jack B. Nimble On January 2, 2018 @ 6:17 am

Sadly, Cox’s Bazar is also the site of an ongoing deadly diphtheria outbreak among displaced Rohingya Muslims living in refugee camps [http://www.who.int/csr/don/13-december-2017-diphtheria-bangladesh/en/] . Most of the dead so far are children.

To belabor the obvious, if you plan to travel to any tropical location, you should always be vaxxed to the max.

The UN is trying to get multivalent vaccine [diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, flu, and hepB] to those refugees most at risk.

#5 Comment By mrscracker On January 2, 2018 @ 10:25 am

I don’t know much about food in Bangladesh, but they eat noodles or spaghetti? I had no idea.
We had collards, ham, & blackeyed peas for luck yesterday. Split pea soup today made with the leftover ham. It will be be appreciated in this Artic weather: 9 degree F. wind chill. Brr.
I saw a neighbor had turned a sprinkler on his Satsuma tree last night to try & insulate it. There were giant icicles this morning.

#6 Comment By Giuseppe Scalas On January 2, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

Is corvina a fish?

#7 Comment By theOtherWill On January 2, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

I miss VFYT.

#8 Comment By Pogonip On January 2, 2018 @ 10:26 pm

What’s the recipe for the Spanish crab cakes?

#9 Comment By Matthew On January 3, 2018 @ 3:08 pm

Isn’t Cox’s Bazaar right near where the genocide is taking place. I thought the Royinga fleeing Burma were all trying to make it to Cox’s Bazaar for safety. I would not have assumed it would be like this now.

#10 Comment By Adh-Dhariyat On January 4, 2018 @ 10:45 am

If anyone’s still watching this thread – Cox’s Bazar and southern Bangladesh are both tourist destinations and the site of the Rohingya fleeing the genocide in Myanmar. We saw a lot of aid workers travelling to/from the area to help with the influx of refugees. Unlike India, at least Bangladesh is admitting the Rohingya. It ain’t perfect but the country is, by and large, trying.

(And yes, spaghetti/noodles, while not a native part of the cuisine, aren’t unfamiliar either).

#11 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On January 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

Amusingly, the Hanafi school of jurisprudence (which is what Bangladeshi Muslims follow) forbids shrimp and lobsters. I guess there’s a bit of Moralistic Therapeutic Islam going on here.

Hope all your readers had a great New Year! And best wishes for the persecuted Rohingya community: I hope that India and Bangladesh end up taking them in, and that the US takes a more open policy towards accepting refugees in the new year. They don’t really want to stay in Burma any more than the Burmese government wants them to be there.

#12 Comment By Pavlos On January 8, 2018 @ 9:39 am

So typically western & American, to resort to running halfway across the earth to a 3rd world country to hide away in an eco resort, as if anyone can vacation their way away to sustainability. Human hubris at its best – elec cars, solar power, local ag, etc. etc. are totally meaningless as long as westerners, Americans and the westernized aren’t willing to reduce their appetites, keep their arses at home, stop senselessly running about as if such will cure their homelessness, rootlessness, and boredom.
Putting a sustainable, eco brand label on the same old consumer way of life is nothing but putting lipstick on a pig.
May no one ever think of Bangladesh in this self serving romantic paradisiacal sort of way. Yes Bangladesh has its own created beauty put their by the Creator. That beauty that provides human sustenance is not dependent on fine linens, china, glassware and well plated gourmandizing recipes. It’s dependent on fasting even more than other places given the pressing needs of the Bangladesh population, located adjacent to India in one of the most overpopulated regions on earth.
Since Bangladesh is one of the largest “textile” (as in garment industry) exporters, let’s see some shots instead of View From The Runway – some selfies with cheesy grins and leather murses sporting American fashions in front of the hordes of textile workers who produce all those Bought In America garments, especially the ones maimed in production, or beaten for trying to organized workers.
If conservative christians don’t want to someday hear about how they never gave drink to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, etc., or hear “depart from me ye workers of iniquity”, then they better stop such crunchy con eco nonsense, and start putting their money where their mouth is by helping others – such as giving the money saved from eco touring to Bangladesh union organizers and other corporate groups fighting against the export of The American Way for a better way of life of the Bangladesh people, not for more accommodation of westerners & Americans who think they have “little money” but still manage to travel, live in nice neighborhoods, drive nice cars, wear nice clothes, gourmandize their meals, etc. etc.

[NFR: Nice rant, but the reader who sent that is a Muslim of Bangladeshi origin. — RD]