Friday, January 29, 2010

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant

Last night I went to Mesob Restaurant in Montclair with my friends from work - Kris, Liz, Vanessa and Kevin, and Erin, who used to work with us. I've eaten there many times, and Liz and Vanessa have eaten there with me once before. It was the first time for Kris, Kevin and Erin, and they were all quite pleased.

The food is absolutely delicious. We ordered the vegetarian sampler and had everything from the vegetarian menu. There were dishes made with chickpeas (the chickpea biscuits are my FAVORITE!), lentils, split peas, collard greens, potatoes, cabbage, portobello mushrooms, and green beans. The great thing about eating at Mesob is that I can order anything from their vegetarian menu and not worry about food allergies, because it's all Dianne-safe.

The food is not eaten with forks, but instead pinched between pieces of bread called injera. Injera is a flat, pancake like bread made out of teff flour. Teff grains are very tiny - smaller than 1mm in diameter! It is believed that teff originated in Ethiopia 4000 BC and 1000 BC. It's a very nutritious grain that contains high levels of iron, protein and calcium and dietary fiber. It also has high levels of phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, boron and zinc. It does contain gluten, but it's okay for people with celiac disease, because it does not contain the gluten-fraction that causes celiac disease.

If you live in the area, I highly recommend Mesob. If you don't, see if there's an Ethiopian restaurant near by that you can try out. You won't be disappointed!

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