We just returned from a beyond wonderful evening with our PAC friends. To set the record straight for what I am certain will not be the last time, our PAC friends are the group we were matched with in our 2 day adoptive parenting classes. The group was remarkably matched and as I said before, it was the easiest group of friends we have ever made. I will post more about the evening later, but for now I am going to take the easy way out and make some stellar Ethiopian cuisine recommendations in the Twin Cities.
This may seem like a non-sequitor, so let me add that as part of the evenings festivities, each couple brought a food from the country they were adopting from. I had grand plans of making some berbere sauce and smothering some lentils, but when I took an inventory of the spice cabinet, I realized I was in for additional projects rather than just whipping together some Ethiopian food. Part of the reason Ethiopian cuisine is so tasty was its fortunate location in proximity to the spice trade. The berbere sauce I mentioned above contains a whopping 12 spices – many of which are not part of my Midwestern spice collection. Some of the others that I may actually possess have been with me since college. The spice cabinet cleanout & replacement that desperately needs to happen at this household was too large of a project for this weekend, so we ordered take-out.
Damn good take-out, that is. Of the half dozen or so Ethiopian restaurants in the Twin Cities, we have now eaten at three. One is not recommendable, but two are making my mouth water as I write this post with a very full belly. They are:
The Red Sea & Fasika.
I can highly recommend the vegetarian sampler & the meat sampler. The Doro Wat is a staple, but do not overlook the Tibs dishes. The injera at both places was perfect and provided the ideal bread based utensil to soak up flavored grease and scoop the contents into my mouth.