Ethiopian food good and plenty; over at Zeni!

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Ethiopia was under Italian military control for a period (1935–46) when Benito Mussolini (1883–1945) was in power. Except for that time, Ethiopian culture has been influenced very little by other countries. Ethiopia’s mountainous terrain prevented its neighbors from exercising much influence over the country and its customs. Exotic spices were introduced to Ethiopian cooking by traders traveling the trade routes between Europe and the Far East.

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Ethiopia went through a period of recurring drought and civil war during 1974–91. In 1991 a new government took over, and civil tensions were relieved somewhat because the coastal territory seceded from the inland government, creating the new nation of Eritrea.

Ethiopian cooking is very spicy. In addition to flavoring the food, the spices also help to preserve meat in a country where refrigeration is rare.(foodbycountry.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Zeni – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Keyet Kitfo, Kikil Kitfo, Yedoro Kitfo, Sambussa

 

I love the word exotic…

Foreign..attractive…striking..

Just thinking about that word brings a tingle to my ear.

Exotic looks…

Exotic scenery..

Exotic foods..

Speaking of exotic foods..

There is an exotic food that may be hard to find in some areas, but I assure you that it is definitely worth the exploration.

Let’s talk Ethiopian food over at Zeni...

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Hawaiian goodness with every dish to admire; at Rumfire!

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There is something about the nature of truffles that have captivated people for over a thousand years. Perhaps it is the dazzling, irresistible aroma that continues to draw generation after generation to this delicacy. The history of these black pearls of the Earth is often filled with mystery, superstition and, at one time, damnation.

This subterranean mushroom is found within the living roots of chestnut, oak, hazel, and beech trees. The word truffle comes from the Latin word “tuber”, which means outgrowth. It dates back to as early as the ancient Egyptians, who held truffles in high esteem and ate them coated in goose fat. A myth surrounded this gourmet entrée when people believed they came from the ground after lightning struck the earth. According to a legend, a farmer spotted his pig digging at the root of a tree, eating the mushrooms that it found. Upon seeing that the pig remained healthy, the farmer tried the mushrooms himself. Afterwards, his inability to have a child with his wife resulted in them having thirteen children. Many soon felt that there was a supernatural quality to truffles, and saw them as God’s gift to humanity. The Greeks and Romans used them for therapeutic purposes, feeling that they gave eternal health to the body and soul. Truffles were also seen has having exotic qualities in its aroma and flavor, making it more popular among the noble classes.(gourmetfoodstore.com)

 

Today’s Restaurant

Rumfire – Waikiki, Hawaii

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Truffle Burger, Korean Fried Chicken Wings

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Have you ever tasted something so good that you wanted to cry?

I assure you that, the ambiance, the view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and the exotic delicious flavors of the food at this new found paradise was all the way superb.

Just writing this letter makes my heart beat fast.

Time to dive into one of my favorite places on Earth; Rumfire on the glorious beach of Hawaiian waters!

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This Catfish Po’Boy will make you lose your mind; Happy 4th of July from Steins!

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Poor boy sandwiches represent bedrock New Orleans. The shotgun house of New Orleans cuisine, Po-boys are familiar but satisfying. The sandwich is as diverse as the city it symbolizes. The crisp loaves have served as a culinary crossroads, encasing the most pedestrian and exotic of foods: shrimp, oyster, catfish, soft-shell crabs as well as French fries and ham and cheese. Comfort food in other cities seldom reaches such heights.

As with many culinary innovations, the poor boy has attracted many legends regarding its origins. However, documentary evidence confirms that your grandparents’ stories about one particular restaurant were right.

Bennie and Clovis Martin left their Raceland, Louisiana, home in the Acadiana region in the mid-1910s for New Orleans. Both worked as streetcar conductors until they opened Martin Brothers’ Coffee Stand and Restaurant in the French Market in 1922. The years they had spent working as streetcar operators and members of the street railway employees’ union would eventually lead to their hole-in-the-wall coffee stand becoming the birthplace of the poor boy sandwich.(poboyfest.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Steins Beer Garden – Mountain View, California

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Catfish Po Boy, The Steins Burger

Happy hour is one of my favorite dining sensations.

It is a specific time of the day where bars, restaurants or any other type of food serving facility that serves alcohol, offers delicious reduced price delights with your favorite drink to do cheers with a lover or friend.

It is the 4th of July, 2016 and my wife and I are ready to kick it off with a bang!

That bang is with 2 shots of Don Julio over at Steins!

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