Raj Bazaz Many Odd Food Experiences

Raj Bazaz Many Odd Food Experiences

Parker Bazaz, Editor

During his lifetime, Raj Bazaz has been to many places around the world and has had many food experiences. Once Raj Bazaz was on vacation in Fiji in 2004. He went to a kava ceremony. Kava is the national drink of Fiji which is made from the crushed root of the yaqona plant. It is served in a large communal bowl. It did not taste very good because it was like muddy water. Also, Bazaz went to New Zealand in the spring of 2004 for a hiking trip. In New Zealand there were more sheep than humans. So there is a lot of lamb to eat. Bazaz said that, “Lamb is served in lots of different ways, but after awhile you get tired of eating lamb.” 

In spring 2010 Bazaz was on a hiking trip for 2.5 weeks in Bhutan. While they were on one of their many hikes in the mountains they came to a yak herders tent and had tea with them. The yak herders also gave them yak milk cheese for the rest of their hike. Yak is a large wild ox found in the Himalayan mountains, and the cheese is the ox’s dried milk. You put it in between your cheek and gum to moisten it, and then it becomes softer – so you chew it like gum. It can last up to 2 hours in your mouth. When asked about how it tasted, Bazaz’s response was, “It did not taste very good.” 

Bazaz was in the Grand Cayman for a beach vacation during November 2011. They heard about a Jamaican food shack from some locals. The shack served Oxtail. Oxtail is served with rice and beans. The tail itself is tender. When asked about how it tasted, Bazaz responded, “It tasted really good!” In 2017 Bazaz was in Croatia with his wife. They had fresh caught fish stew one day. You can not eat it very quickly because you have to watch out for the many bones. Bazaz said, “It tasted a little fishy.” In spring 2018 Bazaz went to Portugal with his family for vacation. In Portugal there was a lot of fresh seafood, including squid, and sardines. Bazaz said, “The squid was great. The sardines were not the best.”