Ethiopian food

We have been wanting to try some Ethiopian food for quite a while, but decided that we would wait until there was a celebration in order. Our papers landing in Ethiopia was the perfect excuse to get out and try some Ethiopian food. We checked out a few different restaurants but kept being referred to one particular restaurant.

This year, I have two Ethiopian students, One of my students told me how much she loved this place off Grand and how delicious their Ethiopian food was. She suggested some specific foods which I of course could not pronounce the names of and could not exactly remember. I do remember her telling me that it was made with lentils. We then had a few people at church also recommend the same restaurant off Grand and we found out it is owned by an Ethiopian women from our church.

Having stayed in Africa before, I knew the food was going to be very different from what we were used to here. I have never been to Ethiopia and like any continent, food changes from country to country. Sometimes I think people just label Africa as one big country. None of use really had much of an idea of what to expect. We invited Jon and Leah along to celebrate since they will be the baby's "God-parents". Yeah we're not Catholic, but in the whole adoption process thing we had to pick guardians for the baby in case something would ever happen to us, and they are who we picked. We also just like spending time with them, and we knew they would be good sports whether the food was terrible or not.

THEY WERE BIG SPORTS! ESPECIALLY AUNTIE LEAH. Okay, I am going to try to say this the best way I can. It was a great experience. Some of the food was great and some of the food in Jeffrey's smooth talking "It taste like when you face plant in a sand box".  We ordered the sample platters. We got one vegetarian and one meat. It was full of all kinds of food varying from lentils to lamb. Uncle Jon struggled getting past the injera (sponge like sour dough pancake like tortilla). You use this to eat everything. There were no utensils so you scoop everything up with the injera. At first it was fine, but the sour dough taste starts to become powerful as you keep eating. Jon was the first to stop. Leah and I were doing fine until once again with his smooth talk Jeffrey described the injera as "This really has the consistency of .......flesh." Thanks, Jeffrey.

Leah and I were determined to eat as much as we could, and like I said there were definitely things that we enjoyed on the menu. Surprisingly the lentil dishes were our favorites. I am praying Jeffrey and I survive in Ethiopia, and that he doesn't find any other creative ways to describe the food.

Yesterday, my student informed me that she loved cow eye balls while living in Ethiopia and that when I go I will have to try them. Oh the adventures that await us!

I know I made this experience not sound like the best, but it was really great. There was lots of laughing, and we really did find some Ethiopian dishes that we wouldn't mind eating. The next time we go, which probably won't be for a while, we will order specific things off the menu. Since this was our first time, we wanted to get the whole experience and try everything, and we definitely did!

The place was super crowded and seemed like a favorite among many. Check out Meskerem and let us know what you think!


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