Ethiopian food and leisure

Friday, April 2, 2010

I forget sometimes how it feels like to not be on the go and to just stay home and plain ol' do nothin'!
It was nice, very nice. After my shower, I plopped on my bed and did nothing for a good ten minutes. It felt so nice to not do anything.

Enjoying AB&J made a day of leisure time, very nostalgic.
nom nom nommmmmm!

I used Trader Joes Almond Butter with toasted flax. It gave the Almond butter a nice needed cracklin' crunch.

With fresh s'mores coffee from the french press & sweet cream, I caught up on a couple episodes of Lost. What a great down time. This made me sad that school starts on Monday.

Did I ever mention how much I love to doodle?

Drawing is something I don't do very often enough anymore.
I need to work on that.

I had Lady GaGa in mind. yikes. I didn't mean to make her legs look so weird!

Later on that night my BFF and I decided to try out a new place to eat. It was either Middle Eastern or Ethiopian. I have been wanting to try ethiopian forever! but never got to it because most of the places here were in the sketchiest neighborhood.

BUT with the help of yelp, we were able to find reviews. We found one for Asmara, so off we went.
When we first arrived, the customer service was phenomenal. We had the most sweetest lady.

Minus the Heineken on the side, that mug reminds me of Butter Beer from Harry Potter. mmm Butter Beer...*DROOL

The first thing he said out loud when he read the menu was "No way! imported beer for three bucks? hell yeah."
BFF wanted me to take a picture of his successful beer pouring as well. "I am awesome, no foam, that is how you do it." um, okay...? *click.

Our starting appetizer was a veggie sambosa. I figured it'd be the best choice since our main course was meat. I need balance and variety. It's bigger than it looks. It took me several bites ~7 before I polished it off. Finger lickin' good!

This was one of the best sambosas I've ever had and it was fresh off the fryer and extrememly hot. It wasn't oily at all. perfection. The crust was golden, flaky, buttery, savory and melted in your mouth. I think I pulled the Giada, because when I ate it I just couldn't stop complimenting on it and made mmmm noises, haha . Their brown sauce was slightly spicy and bitter, not bad. The inside consisted of lentils, onions, and spices.

BFF (which is a picky eater and HATES vegetarian food) said "I can't believe this is not meat, is there meat?"

thats when I said "Fool! you see, you gotta give food a chance cuz youz such a hater, I need to slap you! cuz we almost didn't come here."

We shared a dish and it filled us up good! We ordered the meat sampler which had lamb, beef, and pork (I believe? I forgot). Delicious either way!

With a side of Injera bread which doesn't look like alot, but it was waaaay enough. Even the meat was laid on Injera bread. I felt bad all that injera had to go to waste, I was so stuffed I didn't think about taking it to-go. doh

I've waiting anxiously for the bread because of reading the reviews on yelp so long ago (i've been wanting ethiopian for so long, for the experience). I used the injera bread to pick my meat rather than use a fork, which is how you're suppose to eat it anyway. My first reaction with injera was how slightly tangy and sour it was, think sourdough. It tasted like it had been through fermentation, and upon reading it, that is correct! It combined nicely with the meat platter.

All this food is making me want ethiopian, I am so glad I finally found a favorite. withdrawls already! drooling, drooling, drooool.

What different ethnic dishes do you enjoy? And what would you like to try?

- I would like to try authentic medditerranean food/peruvian food. Hard to find in San Diego, but I'm searching up a storm!


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 4, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

great eats girl, have an awesome holiday!

Ashlei September 12, 2010 at 4:15 AM  

Oh I love ethiopian food!! Too bad restaurants tend to be few and far between and in big cities!

Those drawings are amazing! You've got some talent girl! :)

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