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Last night, we played a murder mystery with the title “Death by Chocolate“.

I have to admit, I’m disappointed. I bought 300gr of chocolate for each of the outspoken chocolate lovers, but we did not even come close to finishing it. At least this means that I don’t have to worry about breakfast/dinner for the next week or so.  🙂

The game itself was, as always for these games, extremely entertaining. If there was a prize for the best impersonation of a character, it would have to go to Irene, aka anti-chocolate campaigner Hazel Nutt, for her very creative and entertaining leaflets warning about the dangers of chocolate.  🙂

A somewhat strange side-effect is that after the game you only remember the names of the characters (and their story) but not the “real” names. For example, there’s now a girl (character: Kit Catt) who’ll always be remembered for her legendary “four finger deep tissue massage”.

Still, I really, really enjoy these games as they “force” people to interact, regardless of how shy or geeky they are. You might find yourself having an affair with somebody you’ve never met before in your life or being blackmailed by a person, whose real name you don’t even know.

Oh, a good tip which I found on the internet and which I also used last night: Toblerone works really with a chocolate fondue!

Another tip: A chocolate tasting test can be fun. Just buy about a dozen of different flavored chocolate bars, break them up into pieces, wrap them in aluminum foil, ask the participants to unwrap/eat them without looking, and see if they can figure out, which pieces are of which flavor.

The Wikipedia entry for Ethiopia mentions:

“In English, Ethiopia was also historically known as Abyssinia, derived from the Arabic form of the Ethiosemitic name “ḤBŚT,” modern Habesha.”

What it does not mention that there is also an Ethiopian restaurant with this name in Lausanne. Fortunately, I know people who know more than the Wikipedia. 🙂

One of the things that struck me as odd, after we had sat down, was the fact that the tables and chairs were “out of sync”. What I mean: The chairs were not in front of the (small) tables present but in front of, well, essentially nothing. Or rather something table like which was far too low to actually serve as a table. Only when I saw how the food was served to our neighbors (see the pictures here to get an idea), did I understand how things work. The “proper” tables where just for the drinks and more sauces etc., but the food is served in a big woven structure, which has a sombrero hat like lid and a woven pillar like bottom part. This then contains a big plate on which the food is served and it is also the actual table.

Oh, by the way, if you find eating with chopsticks too challenging then this is the place for you. Here you’re expected to eat with your fingers.

Last night when I came home after swimming, I noticed in horror that I had neither any sweet chocolate nor any gummy bears (or the like) left! Fortunately, I managed to find some biscuits, but they did not have any chocolate on them and contained less than 500 calories per 100 gr, so they essentially qualified as diet food. If I hadn’t found the biscuits, I would have had to make myself a bowl of Choco Pops or even do some proper cooking and make myself some pasta with ready-made pesto. In both cases, I would have had to clean at least one bowl/pot and one spoon/fork afterwards. Horrible thought!

This morning things got worse, when I realized I had accidentally bought semi-skimmed milk with only 2.5% fat! Aaarggh!! But fortunately, I had some creme (for coctails) left, so I could pimp my milk a bit to at least ensure a minimum level of 4-5% of fat before mixing it with Choco Pops.

Why can’t there be clear labels on such kinds of food: “Warning! This item is low in fat and sugars!”


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