Corey writes:

Meat is important here in Koraput. One of the most common questions we get is "Do you take non-veg (meat)? What is your favorite non-veg?" I've really developed a taste for mutton, and will definitely be slipping away to an Indian restaurant back home every now and then for some mutton curry.

Any meat is a treat here. People have non-veg when they go out to eat, or for special occasions at home. Interestingly enough, religion seems to have a big effect on how much meat you eat. Our Hindu friends don't eat a lot of meat. In fact, most of them are prohibited from eating meat five days a week. Our Christian and Muslim friends don't seem to share these restrictions, with some of our Christian friends even indulging in the forbidden meat: beef.

We see herds of cows every day near our office, so somebody around here sure digs the cow meat. This week we were invited to a friend's house to taste some beef curry. We had tried beef a handful of times before, with limited success. This beef curry was mediocre, and the rest of the experience was just like all the other home visits we've had.

I eat a lot more meat than Gina here, because I've adapted the way I eat meat to match the Indian style. Which is: eat the muscle, the ligaments, the fat, and as much of the bones as you can break down in your mouth. When I had a delicious crab fry in Vizag with Lindy and Brett, I ate most of the crab shells. That's something that will probably stay with me after returning to the US. Now I sort of feel like eating just the protein is missing out on 50% of the experience of eating meat. You should feel like you're eating an animal. You should enjoy the carnal experience of cracking the bones and sucking the marrow.

I'll leave you with one of our more interesting meat experiments: purchasing $5 hot dogs imported from The Netherlands.

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