Goat

When we were at Kala Petrela, we ate something called tavë dheu, which was goat meat cooked in a casserole. It was excellent, so when I saw it on the menu this afternoon at the Oda Restaurant, which serves traditional Albanian cuisine, I ordered it. With the first bite, a conversation that I’d had during the Hash suddenly clicked: that word for goat is “dhiu”, not “dheu”, and that “dheu” refers to mud (e.g., a ceramic baking dish), and that the meat in a tavë dheu can be anything. Although the dish in Petrela was goat, today I was eating…

Copyright infringement

I wanted to get something to eat before I went on the Hash on Saturday, so I stopped into the nearby Kolonat restaurant. As you can see from the photos, it is a uniquely Albanian institution. Despite the obvious similarities, the hamburgers are more reminiscent of Wimpy’s, a London-based burger chain than of McDonald’s – i.e., no taste of beef whatsoever. This happens to be the worst case of copyright infringement I’ve come across so far, but there are others that are similarly blatant – for example, there is a “Planet Hollywood” not far from the embassy, and I’ve seen…