Ethiopian food good and plenty; over at Zeni!

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Did you know….

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.

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.(

Today’s Restaurant

Zeni – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost


Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Keyet Kitfo, Kikil Kitfo, Yedoro Kitfo, Sambussa


I love the word exotic…


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...

So it’s Saturday afternoon and these past couple of weeks I have had just about every dish from every continent.

Mexican food, American food, Italian food, Indian food and more..

I need something different..

A new experience…

An adventure of a lifetime..

I know!!!

How about Ethiopian food?!

It’s horrible to say that after 40 years on this Earth as an African American that I have never tried Ethiopian food or any type of African food for that manner…

So for the sake of all of my people in Africa, let’s dive in “Ounjẹ ajẹye o Yoo gba ibi re”!

My wife and I arrive take a look at the menu and there are so many delicious choices..

There were so many other dishes to choose from, including tons of vegetarian dishes as well.

Like Yedoro Kitfo – Boneless, skinless ground chicken, seasoned with purified & herbed butter sauce & hot-spiced chili powder (mitmita).

Or Kikil Kitfo – Cooked and finely chopped prime beef, from selected lean round steak, seasoned with purified herbed butter sauce & hot-spiced chili powder (mitmita).

Also, Sambussa – Thin dough shells stuffed with lentils, onion, hot green & herbs. This meatless dish is lightly deep fried in vegetable oil to golden perfection.

We decided to order the Sambussa, a couple of chicken and beef specialties and dove in from there.

The Sambussa arrives and we dive in immediately..


Perfect flaky crust with a calm soothing flavorful bite from the lentils and herbs within.

Now the specialty dishes arrive on one large plate. The meat and condiments sat on top of this bread that looks like a tortilla of sorts with a spongy texture made out of teff flour.

In the same manner, you wrap your meat within it like a soft tortilla taco. They gave us plenty of those.

I dive in to the spicy chicken dish first..


An instant blast of flavor hits my mouth!

Super tender and succulent, with a curry like flavor filled with exotic African herbs and spices. Really tasty!

Next up is the beef ribs..


Super flavorful and unique because of the African herbs and spice marinade.

I need more!!

Back to the chicken…


Back to the ribs..


Boom! Bang! Pow!

Nothing but true live action eating! Good job Zeni!

If you have never tried Ethiopian food then I suggest you Google search and find the nearest one near you. I assure you that you won’t regret it!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life. Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.

References  (2016)
Ethiopia Retrieved from 

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