Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ethiopian Cuisine

I have always had this attitude that if I go out to eat, I want it to be worth my while.
I want something DIFFERENT, something that I can't make at home.

We are blessed to live in an area of diversity
and to have so many different ethnic and cultural restaurants nearby.

Jason and I were both raised in homes where we were expected to eat what was on our plate.
We were expected to be grateful that there was food on our plate.
We've raised our girls the same way.
We understand that their young palates could not handle really spicy foods,
and we kept the 'heat' to a minimum and added extra to our own servings,
but otherwise the girls have always eaten whatever we eat,
everything from artichokes and escargot to scungilli, tripe and venison.

We feel that being open to different cultures, different traditions, different foods...is all part of the experience of life.

Jason and I have been to this wonderful Ethiopian place several times for "date nights".

Last week, when Jason was off and we had a wide open "do whatever we feel like when we feel like it"
schedule, we decided to take the girls.
They have tried everything from Afghani to Thai food,
so we were confident they would like it.

You eat Ethiopian food with your hands, so they always start you with a warm towel.

We always get the sampler platters and all share...

the combination of flavors and colors is really beautiful...

the girls REALLY enjoyed and kept trying to figure out what their favorite dish was...

It was a wonderful experience and the girls are already asking when we can go back!