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RE: Ethiopian 2005/04/10 18:14:12 (permalink)
I can't allow myself to go out for Ethiopian food anymore because I eat myself silly...and right into pain from overeating! I LOVE the sour injera bread...especially the section that is under the really vinegary salad. YUM. The place I used to eat was in Berkeley on Shattuck...but haven't been for years. Also used to eat in SF in the Haight at a place that was Eritrean (folks fighting to gain independence from Ethiopia) but it has since closed down. The food is just exquisite...but I have never tried to make it at home.
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RE: Ethiopian 2005/04/11 11:33:21 (permalink)
Ethiopian food is fun to make at home. Any time I cook with 12 different spices it's fun. Injera is very easy to make and can be made ahead with no problem. I've made some Ethiopian food in restaurants with good results, but it didn't compare to my neighborhood restaurant. When I win the lottery and retire I'm going to ask the people who own it if I can hang out in the kitchen and learn from them.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/25 22:11:40 (permalink)
Chicago has a nice collection of Ethiopian food. I lived in Austin (which has none) after Portland (which has several) so when I spent a month in Chicago and found 3 Ethiopian places on the same stretch of road (N. Broadway) I was in heaven. The best, in my opinion, is Ras Dashen.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 00:13:51 (permalink)
A great thing to do is find out if there is live Ethiopian music at the restaurant. I know in DC and NYC after midnight the local Ethiopians come in to party; their music and dancing (iskista) is quite distinctive....Has anyone RFer seen it?
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 09:06:12 (permalink)
I have seen it. Iskista is the polar opposite of Irish step dancing. Step dancers don't move from the waist up, only moving their legs and feet. Iskista dancing is NOT moving from the waist down, only the upper torso seems to move. There is no way I could do it. The music is great. We had Ethiopian food this weekend and could have stayed long after the meal just to listen to the music.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 09:36:53 (permalink)
The Ethiopian food I have experienced reminds me a lot of the southern food I grew up on. I had the pleasure of dining at one in Milwaukee. Food was very good.

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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 09:52:16 (permalink)
I never thought about the food being similar to Southern food, but now that you commented on it, I agree!
Ethiopian collard greens are great. And long cooked green beans. Carrots with cabbage and potatoes. I had that this weekend and it is indeed reminiscent of Southern food.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 09:57:05 (permalink)
Zatar: Don't forget the okra!

Don't you think that the resemblance is due to the fact that a lot of the folks from the south were originally from Africa? They brought with them what they were familar with and continued the tradition. Especially the veggies.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 10:16:24 (permalink)
Meskel in Seattle on E. Cherry is a favorite. Looking for one in RI or MA...anyone know of one?
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 19:38:39 (permalink)
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Originally posted by lunamoth

Meskel in Seattle on E. Cherry is a favorite. Looking for one in RI or MA...anyone know of one?

When I was in Maine, I noticed a large Ethiopian population in Portland, and while trying to find the restaurant there, I came across this web site.
Good Luck....

http://www.nilefall.com/usa.html
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 19:41:24 (permalink)
ASMARA ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT:
http://www.mainepbs.org/madeinmaine/global.html

sorry, forgot this link.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/26 22:12:47 (permalink)
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Originally posted by zataar

I have seen it. Iskista is the polar opposite of Irish step dancing. Step dancers don't move from the waist up, only moving their legs and feet. Iskista dancing is NOT moving from the waist down, only the upper torso seems to move. There is no way I could do it. The music is great. We had Ethiopian food this weekend and could have stayed long after the meal just to listen to the music.

Glad you enjoyed this dancing! I heard that, because Ethiopia is a Christian country, the religious influence forbad "suggestive" dancing from the waist down, so they invented iskista which is very suggestive...but from thw waist up.
Where was the restaurant you went to?
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/27 15:52:23 (permalink)
We have 2 very good Ethiopian places here in KC. Addis Ababa is down the street from me, Blue Nile is in the Farmer's Market downtown. They both have great music on at all times. The best for music is at Fasika in St. Paul MN. We were there in April and had to leave right as the dancing was getting started. I wish we could have stayed. The music was fabulous as was the food. Probably the best Ethiopian I've ever had.
Interestingly enough, the best iskista I've seen was at an ethnic fair, not at a restaurant. Lots of music, dancing and food from all over the world. KC has a very large ethnic fair every summer.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/27 15:59:42 (permalink)
alright, this may appear to be a stupid question, but it's a sincere one.
is it alright to eat using my left hand? my right hand is virtually useless and i don't want to offend anyone.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/27 16:05:48 (permalink)
Oh, my gosh! Just this weekend when we were having Ethiopian food I asked my husband the same thing! I am totally left handed and can't possibly eat with my right. I'd have food all over the table and myself. No one has ever looked at me strangely, but Ethiopians are very polite people, so who knows. Maybe I've been faux pasing all over the place and not known it. I'll have to research this one, xannie. It's not a dumb question at all! I'll let you know if I find out anything.
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RE: Ethiopian 2006/06/27 16:07:13 (permalink)
whew! thanks so much.
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