Vegan MoFo : Day 5 – Almaz with Friends
Just a quick post. I haven’t gone to bed yet, so it’s technically still Friday night, right? Tonight I had dinner at Almaz, an Ethiopian restaurant in DC with lots of vegan options. The dinner was in honor of some friends who were in town from San Francisco, and it was a good opportunity to see other friends I haven’t seen in a while. The first time I had Ethiopian, I didn’t really like it, so it was years before I tried it again. I’ll have to thank the PPK for introducing me to folks who took me to the right restaurants. Now I love Ethiopian food. I’d like to experiment and make a few dishes at home sometime, too.
We ordered sambusas for the table. They’re sort of like samosas, but the pastry is a flakier than any samosa I’ve had, and they’re filled with lentils and spiced differently. Tonight we were also served a sambusa filled with potatoes and carrots. They were both really tasty.
Of course, we also ordered vegetable sampler platters. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I always eat a lot of the gomen (collard greens), tikiel gomen (cabbage and carrots), and misir wot (lentils). Everything is always spiced perfectly, and I always want to eat more than my stomach can actually hold. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, and was so excited about eating that I only got a really bad photo of one of the lentil sambusas, but trust me, it was an amazing meal, and I’m still full 5 hours later.