The other day Kate had a great idea: she suggested that I let people see what our meals are like in Afghanistan.
Meals, like everything else here, vary significantly from one place to the next. No two DFACs (Dining Facilities) are alike and food quantity, quality and variety run the gamut from barely tolerable to amazing. I’ve experienced both ends of that spectrum in my time here.
The DFACs on the US run FOBs are generally run by contracted civilians. The DFACs on the non-US FOBs and the COPs are run by the units living there. So at FOBs Viper & Bullard, the DFACs are run by the Romanians. Here at COP Mizan, the DFAC is run by the US unit and they do a pretty good job too.
Believe it or not, my least favorite – the bottom of my DFAC scale – was one of those on KAF. You can read all about KAF DFACs here. The top of my DFAC scale was at FOB Wolverine – commonly referred to as FOB Fabulous or FOB Paradise. All DFAC managers in Afghanistan should be required to spend a week with the guy that runs Wolverine’s DFAC. What he does is nothing short of amazing.
To give you a decent idea of what our meals are like, I will do a pictorial of a typical day of meals at the DFAC from each of the areas I visit. To learn about KAF food, please visit KAFoodie, he has suffered through 3 years of KAF and can provide the best insight to the meal woes of there. Since the idea for this post came to me while I was here at COP Mizan, my first food post will be on the meals at Mizan.
Meals on COP Mizan are surprisingly good. Currently they serve three hot meals a day. The last time I was here they were only serving two hot meals a day. The food is served, self-serve style, from large Insulated Food Containers, which are significantly superior to the Mermite cans of the old days. The cooks here serve a nice variety of meals that are generally very good. I have pictures of breakfast and supper (dinner for you non-mid-westerners). I missed dinner (lunch) yesterday because it was a busy day & I forgot. But it would look the same, except that they served Shepherd’s Pie instead of a slab of turkey. So, if you can just imagine Shepherd’s Pie in the big green cooler & you will have it.
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.