You’ll hear more about the Portland trip the rest of this week, G. R., but for now, a short item from The List: I tried Ethiopian food not half an hour ago. Apologies if this post is a little rough; editing on the mobile’s a bit of a bear. Alors!
Miss Spectacular, knowing that I’d wanted to try Ethiopian food, looked up a food cart for me before we left her apartment this morning – there’s a phalanx of nations, bartering their wares. I wandered into the fray around lunchtime, and Emame’s Ethiopian Cuisine was easy to find, right on the corner. I wandered up, and there was a sweet older lady, who reminded me of my grandmother, from her pearl earrings all the way to her kindness.
When I told her I’d never tried Ethiopian, she was delighted – in her lilting accent, she told me how important it was to try the flavors of other cultures:
“Why, I’m nearly seventy-four, and I tried Argentinian food for the first time last week. Can you imagine that, at seventy-four?”
As an introduction to her native country’s cuisine, she grinned, giving me samples of all sorts of good things to eat. The only thing I recall the name of was Injera, a sort of bread that’s
apparently made with bonemeal apparently not made with bonemeal? It’s moist and soft, and has the texture of a pancake. Miss Emame explained the history, the cultural significance, the flavor – then she gave me a taste. I have no idea what the dish I got is called Sam from the Internet tells me it was called Doro Wat; it was exquisite – if a red curry and a marinara sauce were gently introduced, and served with a boiled duck egg and a chicken drumstick, over hearty, dark Injera – well, you get the idea.
She demurred when I asked to take a photo, but was excited when I told her I’d be telling the world about her cooking. She gave me an extra helping of sheep’s cheese, for that.
I’m really excited about trying different Ethiopian dishes in the future, and heartily recommend this type of cuisine if you haven’t tried it. And if you’re in Portland – well, you have to stop by Miss Emame’s.