This weekend Mylover and I took a quick trip around the world. We traveled from Ethiopia to Japan in less than 24 hours. We started out in Ethiopia on Friday night by dining at Empress Taytu. Empress Taytu is an authentic Ethiopian restaurant on the eastside of Cleveland. As we were entering the restaurant there was a family leaving the restaurant, the little boy was raving about how good the food was…good sign. We were greeted by a young lady who wanted to know if we wanted to sit a traditional table or the standard restaurant table. Since we were in for the full experience we opted for the traditional table.
It took us a while to decide what we wanted to eat. Neither of us had ever had Ethiopian food so we really had to study the menu. In the end, we decided on an appetizer combo that included two lentil sambusas, two beef sambusas, and collard greens with ambasha.
For our main entrée we choose:
Misir – Red split lentils cooked in berbere sauce and fine herbs, and blended with chopped onions.
Tikil Gomen – Lightly spiced vegetable stew of cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.
Segawat – Tender beef cubes, stewed with berbere sauce and flavored with onions, garlic, and ginger root.
Minchetabish – Savory chopped top ground beef cooked with a tasty combination of seasoning and spices.
Overall, we had a good experience. I would definitely go back.
From Ethiopia we traveled to Japan, by dining Saturday night at Noodlecat. I was unsure how the evening was going to turn out because Mylover was looking at the menu with an expression of disappointment. I coaxed him into staying and he ended up really enjoying his meal. I did as well. We started by ordering steamed buns. I ordered the pulled pork steamed bun with sesame BBQ and Mylover had the brisket bun with power island & kim chi. They were both very good but mine was better…the sweetness of BBQ sauce put it over the top.
I selected Mylover’s entree because of the way he was looking at the menu we initially arrived. I selected the smoked beef brisket ramen for Mylover. This dish contained the house cured Ohio beef, braised swiss chard, stout vinegar, soy egg & fennel frond. It was very good.
But again not better than my meal (no picture). For myself, I selected the dan dan ramen with spicy garlic oil, roasted peanut, sweet soy, basil & thai szechuan chili. I can’t wait to have it again.
So there you go, our trip around the world via food.
How did you spend your weekend?