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.

So, no photos of food tonight, but here’s a picture of our cat Spike, wondering why I’m shoving the camera in his face again.

8 Responses to “Vegan MoFo : Day 5 – Almaz with Friends”
  1. MeShell says:

    It’s totally still friday :)

    I love usually love ethiopian, but it totally depends on the restaurant. My favourite is usually the gomen or misir wot. Yum.

    Cute kitty!

  2. Awwww Spike’s adorable.

  3. celyn says:

    Spike is beautiful! I looove Ethiopian food and I remember that DC is supposed to have incredible Ethiopian because it has the largest population of Ethiopians outside of Ethiopia. Right? I remember going for Ethiopian in Adams Morgan.

  4. Mo says:

    Gomen! Gomen! Gomen!

  5. bazu says:

    We don’t have an Ethiopian restaurant in Syracuse so I’ll have to live vicariously through you! Yummm.

  6. Mihl says:

    I love Ethopian food a lot, but there’s no restaurant near me who serves this awesoem kind of food. I gues I should check out Kittee’s recipes again.

  7. I will be jealous of the food and the SF friends.

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