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First World/Western World Problem. Please stop!

Right.

I don't know if you've been to California, but it's an extremely large state, and while the more rural/suburban areas have a lot of fresh produce for sale by farmers and grocery stores, try finding that in East LA or Compton.

Aug 18, 2013
yasminza in Site Talk

First World/Western World Problem. Please stop!

Oh sure, fresh produce and meat can be had easily in America if you don't mind living in BFE Arkansas or Oklahoma.

But good luck finding fresh produce in the ghettos of Los Angeles or New York City.

I do not see chunks of America as anything other than being "third world", including people without running water or indoor plumbing.

(I speak from experience in both countries, having lived in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, California, and Washington state.)

Aug 18, 2013
yasminza in Site Talk

Moving to Riyadh, KSA

That's not true. Non-Muslim women are only required to wear a black abaya (long, flowing dress), and it would draw less attention if you wear a headscarf in places like Riyadh, tho it's not required.

Muslim women who are not Saudi Nationals are only required to wear a black abaya and a headscarf.

The only women required to cover their faces are Saudi Nationals, which should tell you how much of this "law" is based on culture and how much is based on religion.

I know many Muslim women who have travelled and/or lived in Saudi, and most of them do not cover their faces because they actually face more problems when they do.

Aug 18, 2013
yasminza in Middle East & Africa

Food/Foodie related items I should request from South Africa

If you're living in America, have her bring back some Twix or Kitkats or other chocolate bars. Ours are definitely superior in taste, and yes I know it's not a "foodie" thing but it will make you never want to eat an American Kitkat again.

Aug 18, 2013
yasminza in Middle East & Africa

Tipping in South Africa

On a guided tour you should give about 15%. It's expected.

However, if you're just out and about in South Africa on your own, 10% is pretty much the maximum tip you should give.

Parking lot attendants are R2-R5, and if you don't have a coin on you just tell them that. Don't give a note in a parking lot, as it's not safe most of the time, especially if you are a foreigner.

As far as tips for hotel cleaning staff goes, we usually tip on the first or the last day, but not every single day unless 1) we're unusually messy or 2) the service is amazing. Watch out for employees "charging" you for complimentary items as well, such as charging you R12 for a complementary toothbrush. This happens a LOT, and you'll know it's happened to you if you go and check out of your room and there's no listed charge for the item you paid for in cash.

OH and DON'T call people "maids" down here. It's viewed as derogatory. "Helper" and "worker" are the preferred terms.

Aug 18, 2013
yasminza in Middle East & Africa

First World/Western World Problem. Please stop!

Nowadays it's "developed", "developing", "undeveloped".

Honestly tho, all these labels are meaningless. You poor people in developed countries have to go to all this trouble and expense just to find good food, whereas those of us living in the "developing" nation of South Africa still have farm fresh produce and lots of yummy meats in the inner city.

Of course, if Unilever has its way that will end....

Aug 18, 2013
yasminza in Site Talk

How do you cook your meatballs?

I put frikkadels in the oven with lots of oil (and baste them in the oil as they cook).

Regular meatballs or curry kofta, I actually deep-fry mine (but not in my deep fryer, in a pan on the stove because it sure makes a mess of the oil). I know it's really unhealthy but they maintain a lot of the juiciness that way and they cook evenly. Once they're done, I pop them in the sauce for 15 minutes to 1 hour so that they absorb the flavour.

(I also deep-fry my potatoes for curry and many other dishes, as it helps them maintain their integrity in the sauce.)

Aug 18, 2013
yasminza in Home Cooking

Making yogurt without using commercial yogurt or starter

Nyleve, that's not yoghurt - that's inkomazi/amasi AKA sour milk. It's used in a lot of dishes here in South Africa (including Indian dishes that usually take yoghurt), and if you still know the woman it will open up a lot of recipes for you, including this recipe for sour milk brownies: http://you.co.za/amasi-brownies/

Aug 17, 2013
yasminza in Home Cooking