Monday, January 11, 2010

Ethiopian Food

Last night we finally got to partake of delicious Ethiopian food.  Ever since we filled out our Eyes Wide Open workbook and we did a little bit of research about Ethiopian food, we have wanted to try it.  There are no local Ethiopian restaurants so we did have to travel a short bit.

But what a fun adventure!  Thirteen of us all met for dinner.  We went with our very close friends who are also adopting a little girl, our other close friends who love our kids and were so cool to come along for the experience and to help out with our children, and we met for the first time another couple who is also adopting. 

Okay, so did not know what to expect.  I was prepared for the injera (the pancake-like bread that the food is served on), but I had no idea what the spices might taste like.  It was so good!  The restaurant smelled amazing when we walked in.

J and I got the meat sampler (5 meat dishes and 3 vegetable sides).  There is no silverware, you just break off pieces of the injera to scoop up the food. 

How yummy does this sound?   MINCHET ABISH ALETCHA WAT:  Finely chopped prime beef sautéed in butter, and simmered in mild sauce seasoned with spices and fresh herbs... (mild).  It was YUMMY!

We were there for 2 hours and our kids were awesome!  We never take them to nice restaurants (Panera and a local diner are the extent of their experience), so we knew it could get a little difficult--but it really didn't. We brought along lots of paper and crayons and kid-friendly snacks. :)

Very fun night!  Now to find some easy recipes to try at home! 

(We talked about Ethiopian food all week.  This is M making some with playdough a few days before we went.)


  1. fun! i can't wait to go to one... matt's so busy with school stuff all the time we haven't been able to take the time out to go. our closest is about 50 minutes away so it'd be a little trip for us as well! maybe we'll go for our anniversary in march :-)

  2. Hey, Jenny! That sounds like a fun anniversary dinner! We also had to drive kind-of far--1.5 hours--but it was SO good--so different than I expected. :) What is Matt studying? Being in school and married is very intense. I got my masters degree when we were first married and I was SO glad when it was all done! :)

  3. Yeah, I'd say 1.5 hours is a bit of a drive! We're definitely ready for the school phase to come to an end! Matt's getting his PhD in English. When we got married, I was a freshman in college and he was a junior. So we've known nothing but school life for both or one of us since we've been married! (Yes, we got married young... We'd been dating since I was 14 - if you can date at 14! - and Matt was 16.)

  4. Wow, that is a lot school! :) So you guys must have a cool history then--growing up together. Jason and I started dating our senior year of high school and then all through college. :) Have a great day!