Dining from the land of Australopithecus afarensis

On Sunday, Tina and I were invited to try an Ethiopian restaurant with some friends of ours.

Until then, we were Ethiopian virgins. I have no idea what is in the picture above, and I realize it’s not very high fidelity, but I had to post it. I also don’t remember any of the names of any of the dishes.

But you don’t have to know her name to have a good time … amirite?

[Insert dude’s dude slap five and laughter.]

If you ever get a chance to eat Ethiopian, I recommend it. The flavors and textures were amazing.

The thing I found the coolest was how you eat it. You get a pancake-type crepe rolled up, and you tear pieces from it that you pick up mouth-sized bites from the above family style plate.

The crepe doohickie is the color of a brown papertowel, but don’t let that deter you from trying it. And the colors of the food (above) may not be appetizing, but that’s not the case.

I had fragrance on my hands for the rest of the day that I couldn’t quite wash off, but it wasn’t bad.

And it makes it that much more special that Ethiopia is where they found Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis), which is considered the world’s second-oldest, but most complete and best preserved, adult Australopithecine fossil.

Or you can look at it as one of the birthplaces of Christianity. A Christianity that doesn’t quite resemble the American version. They also have these sweet underground churches there that are found nowhere else (that I’m aware of). Read more about them here.

I’ll definitely be adding Ethiopian into my food wishlist. I hope you give it a try, too.

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