Friday, November 5, 2010

Gursha dogs

Spicy, layered, and complex, Ethiopian cuisine is one of the most underrated cuisines in the world. I think anyone who's serious about food needs to try it.

Dogs, of course, are very serious about food. Therefore, Hudson and Dempsey need to try it.

If you're unfamiliar with Ethiopian cuisine, one of the things that make it distinctive is that there are no utensils. Food is served on injera, a bread that I would describe as a sourdough crêpe. To eat, you break off a piece of injera with your right hand (never your left!), scoop up the meats or veggies, and pop it in your mouth.

Another endearing Ethiopian custom (which makes Ethiopian restaurants great for date nights) is gursha, the practice of taking food and putting it in the mouth of a friend or loved one. Because giving gursha symbolizes love and friendship, I had to give gursha to Hudson this morning.

It was a little spicy, but both Hudson and Dempsey said they liked the awaze tibs (peppery sauteed beef) very much. They both asked for seconds, but I told them they needed to save room for the snow cones and cake and ice cream.

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