Once, a few months ago a local Kashgar visitor came to our cafe. He wanted real coffee. However, he took one step into our cafe, saw our grinders and expressed his utter disgust “you use those pathetic lowly grinders? how can you make coffee with those grinders? There is no way you can make real coffee with those grinders.” He then refused to even taste any of our coffees and ordered hot chocolate instead.
After days and days of rain and clouds, the sun has finally shone on Kashgar. Know to have hot, dry and sunny weather beginning at the end of May, Kashgar has felt very strange this year. Last year, this time we were being scorched by the very intense heat of the Kashgar sun. We walked in the shade when we could and were careful to limit how much time we spent in the sun. Yogurt and ice cream breaks helped us to get through each desert weathered day.
Recently, thanks to one very observant visitor, we discovered the mystery to our spaghetti bolognese dilemma. Our cafe serves authentic western food, the ultimate favorite among Kashgar residents is our pizza. Next to pizza, people in Kashgar like to order our spaghetti bolognese. It didn’t really come as a surprise to us, since tomatoes are readily found in Kashgar. In the very common local dish, lagman, tomatoes and peppers are often stir-fried with other veggies and served on top of noodles. So spaghetti bolognese somewhat resembles what they’re used to. And as we have found residents of Kashgar are most comfortable with what they’re used too.
Yesterday was just the greatest holiday in Kashgar. Thousands of residents of Kashgar flooded the streets to celebrate Children’s Day. All primary school students got the day off school. Most parents took the day off work as well to celebrate the most lively holiday so far in Kashgar.