Wednesday, September 12, 2007

So Dukem looks good for dinner this weekend...

It's Melkam Yelidet Beaal (New Year) in Ethiopia! They're still on the Julian calendar (not on our souped-up, more glamorous Gregorian one), so today they hit the big 2-0-0-0! How do you say "Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999" in Amharic?

ראש השנה

Of course we can't forget: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! It's now the big 5-7-6-8, too.

7 comments:

a. g. 2.0 said...

I was just there a few weekends ago. Dukem has a veggie platter special that's very yummy. And the regional mead is very yummy too! teh it's called i think?

John said...

I'm not familiar with the mead. I love Dukem, though I prefer DC's Meskerem if given the chance. Always willing to try new dishes at either place.

a. g. 2.0 said...

Oh I mis typed it! It's called 'Tej'. They sell it by glass or bottle. It's a bery sweet mead. I've never been to the DC one. Will have to some day soon!

John said...

I think I've heard of it now that you mention it. But isn't that the honey wine? Some of it is just undrinkable, but the last time I had an incredibly smooth glass.

a. g. 2.0 said...

Yep. That's what mead is.. honey wine. It can be really sweet. It helps to balance it with the proper food... the heat in Ethiopian cuisine serves as a really good balancer to the sweetness in the drink.. they work well! How was your dinner?

John said...

It was tasty. The honey wine was smooth, and went well with my veggie-lentil sambusa (like an Ethiopian samosa) and lamb wot. There was also this crazy man, an African immigrant from what I can gather, who came in loudly insisting on food or money for him and his children. The owner threatened to call the police the second time he came back, and the man yelled at him for turning away a fellow black man and fellow immigrant. Wow, that was just, wow. Didn't ruin the meal, though. Altogether it was a mere $20 (the least I've ever spent at Dukem).

a. g. 2.0 said...

Wow that is so weird. But I'm glad you enjoyed!