Sunday, November 22, 2009

My First Taste of Ethiopia

This weekend I had my first Ethiopian dinner. I was a little surprised that I actually liked it. It didn't take me long to get used to eating with my fingers. I shared a table with some friends that adopted a boy and a girl from Ethiopia and they are so adorable. I learned from them how to pinch your green stuff with the injera. Those of you with family from the south can relate this with pinching your greens and cornbread. It is the same concept. Then there was this very hot sauce that I don't know who can eat that. I like jerk chicken but this was like fire. We even had lasagna Ethiopian style. I met a lot of families who have adopted from Ethiopia or who are in the process. It was great listening to parents share their experiences and I learned a lot. I even made a few jokes with my friend about some people needing my help with the hair. You should have seen some of the styles. Next time I'm going to set up a booth with some grease yeah I said grease and comb some of those beebee shots. (That was a jokey joke) It was just good to network with people who share the same passion for adoption. And I look forward to going to the next outing with my boy so he can show how boys should wear their hair. Here is a little advice....if the hair is not curly, don't try to grow a fro and please remember to always keep it moisturized. This has been a public announcement.


  1. So, was it Gomen? If it was Gomen, then it is actually collars...yep!

    Did you eat Doro Wot? (Stewed Chicken with egg). I can make a mean, not too spicy Doro that or Tibs can be eaten without all the spicy-spice-spice!

    The spicy stuff may have been Berbere, and if you want, I can send you some in a jar directly from Addis. Glad to see you venture out and enjoy food from home!

    Now, you "killin' me softly" with that grease stuff (oh how I hate grease on the scalp---it slows the hair growth by blocking the follicles)....but I hear you loud and clear on keeping our hair moisturized, that's why I stock up on Luster's Pink Original (New Fragrance) with 50% More Free! Even though it's for Medium and Coarse Hair Grades 4a/b/c, I still use it on mine which is a Grade 3c and on Babysongbirds which is a Grade 3a --- hey it works!!!!

    Still no word on when you travel????

  2. Love the post! Maybe we can have you guys over some time for some Ethiopian food! Or there is a great Ethiopian restaurant down on 38th we could go to. I stocked up on berbere spice when I was in Addis!

    I can't tell you how much I have learned about Sitota's hair in the past 8 months... I think I have a degree in 4b moisturization! My latest "thing" was to concoct my own moisturizer out of ingredients I bought at Whole Foods. His hair is SOOOOOO dry and has the tightest little corkscrews. I think it is adorable and wouldn't want it any other way, but boy do we have to moisturize! And it grows so fast! I made a mix of 100% pure shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. Seems to be working pretty well.

  3. Funny post! I love Ethiopian food, but it took awhile for me to get to that point. It's great you found things you like before you travel. The injera in Ethiopia is a bit more sour than the ones they make here, but I like it better that way. Congrats on passing court, and hopefully you will travel soon. Our court date is this coming Friday!