The type of food served in Afghan cuisine is quite unique. It has been well documented that the foods, tastes and spices of Afghan food are a rather tasteful blend of the regions that surround Afghanistan. Unlike food from it's neighbors to the east, the spices used in Afghan dishes, are neither too hot nor pungent, and in contrast to it's western neighbors, Afghan food is not bland. In fact many western travelers find the foods of Afghanistan a perfect blend of exotic-ness and good taste. Cooking and food has a very important role in Afghan culture. Afghans are famous for their hospitality and most of the time unexpected guests show up at anyone's house.