Pals in the Field

Feb. 9, 2005 6:44 a.m.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

"You want a cup of tea?"


"How do you take it?"

"Light and sweet."

"You make a lousy cup of tea. It's not light or sweet enough."

"Brits don't put sugar in tea."

"You mean upper-class Brits."

"It always puzzles me, people who ask for Earl Grey tea then put milk and sugar in it. Earl Grey is a light tea; if you put milk in it you can't taste it."

"Isn't there a way, if you put in the milk first or after the sugar, that tells you..."

"I don't know."

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Hi Steve,

Camel tastes like venison. I had it in Australia near Ayers Rock. It was smoked and delicious but it was a little upsetting to eat it after having ridden one of the gentle critters on a camel safari most of the day. They also have camel races in Alice Springs that are wildly popular.

— Mel in TX


I enjoy reading your blog each day. Please do not get too excited about the camel meat. I've eaten it. It is like a stringy round steak.

— Skip (Alvin ,TX)

Your friend is right. Earl Grey disappears in too much milk, cream or sugar. English Breakfast, Darjeeling, and Black Tea don't. In fact, Earl Grey is best enjoyed hot and unembellished while reading a book on a cold wintry afternoon. Laptops work okay, but Earl Grey is best savored with a good hardcover. Only then will reading be an experience.

Thanks for the blogs.
- JT in GA

Hi Steve,

Hope you are able to taste the camel meat so you may tell us all if it tastes like chicken or tuna. Be safe.

— J A (Cottonwood, AZ)

I hope the kingdom can eventually make a peaceful transition into democracy, but I doubt it. There are huge radical fundamentalist factions just itching for an opportunity for an all-out jihad against the royal family and its cohorts.

K in NC

Thanks for the "camel-eating" blog. One question: Were you one of those guys that swallowed goldfish in college? I love your blogs. Keep it up, and I hope you carry a little Pepto-Bismol with you in all of that gear you tote around.

— Jamie

Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.