I emerged from a 45-minute nap and a shower saying, “I feel like a new woman!”  And I did – I was ready for action with my college BFF Stef and her boyfriend Jack (who, by the way, is the sweetest. man. ever – besides Husband).

 

Jack and Stef suggested we go to a Ethiopian restaurant near Georgetown.  I was totally game because 1) I’ve heard Ethiopian food is great vegetarian food and 2) a new culinary experience is always exciting!

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The cool thing about Ethiopian food is there is no silverware – all the food is picked up using a sponge-y bread called injera.  Stef and I were a little confused when we sat down!

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But the injera was really good and excellent for picking up the delicious entrees!

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The entree was a cottage cheese dip with injera:

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Stef and Jack were generous enough to order the sampler vegetarian entree so I could try a bunch of different things (they also got meat on the side… I’ll admit that it looked pretty good!).  We shared this MASSIVE plate of goodies, which included lentils, cabbage, split peas, green beans, and collard greens.

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I also tried an Ethiopian beer.  It was good, just not stand-out.

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We split these chocolate custards for dessert.  They were delicious, but I think we were all expecting something more?

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After dinner, Stef, Jack, and I walked around the Georgetown area until our feet started to hurt, and then we drove back to their side of town for after-dinner drinks.

 

Stef is a beer connoisseur and loves this one small bar called Galaxy Hut.  It’s super eclectic and has an awesome beer selection of specialty brews.  Plus, I loved the funky, artsy vibe.

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Stef ordered my drinks for me.  I had two very, very strong beers.  😉

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I liked them both!  Not sure what the second one was though – some sort of Belgium ale? 

 

College buddies are the best!

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We ordered tater tots with cheese, too!  Although the Ethiopian food was amazing, it just wasn’t bar food.

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And with that, my friends, I am off to bed!  Jack has promised me blueberry pancakes in the morning (yayy!), and then Stef is taking me rock climbing at her gym.  I’m so excited!

 

PS – The winner of the Glo Bar raffle is Karen W.!  Thanks for donating!

{ 68 comments }

 

  • Alexandra March 19, 2010, 12:12 am

    Ethiopian is my favorite!!!

  • Ashley March 19, 2010, 12:12 am

    Mmmmm tots. Yay rock climbing. The huz and I just joined a rock gym and love it. So much fun to do together!

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) March 19, 2010, 12:14 am

    I love that restuarant! its actually the only ethiopian restuarant i’ve ever been to and its great!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 19, 2010, 12:29 am

    I have never eaten Ethiopian food, sounds interesting. Although I’d probably sneak in my own silverware =P

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 19, 2010, 12:39 am

    I’ve been to that bar! Ethiopian food is so good! I wonder if I can convince my meat and potatoes loving boyfriend that we should an Ethiopian spot near us this weekend…

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 19, 2010, 12:41 am

    Never been to that Ethiopian place, there’s another one in Adams Morgan that I love, though. Enjoy your time in DC. I <3 my hometown! 😀

  • Lizz @ leadingthegoodlife March 19, 2010, 1:05 am

    Your food looks yummy! Someone gave me an article from Gourmet magazine (with recipes) on vegetarian Ethiopian food awhile back…I should dig that out and give them a try.

    The second beer you had looks like Brother Thelonious which is made by North Coast Brewing Co. It is tasty – and very high in alcohol. 🙂 I love their Old Rasputin, too. It is a super dark stout.

    Enjoy your trip!

    http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beer-brotherThelonious.htm
    http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beer-rasputin.htm

  • Tiffany March 19, 2010, 1:20 am

    1. I LOVE Ethiopian food!
    2. I LOVE Chimay!
    3. That bar looks so artsy and cute. Wish I had gone there when I was in DC!
    4. I wish my gym had rock climbing!!!

  • Anna @ Oats N Boats March 19, 2010, 1:21 am

    The second beer is Brother Thelonious made by North Coast Brewing Co.
    And wow… my hubby would be so proud of me for recognizing the bottle. I don’t even drink beer, and yet through his tutelage, I am recognizing labels?! Crazy.

    • caitlin March 19, 2010, 9:34 am

      that is awesome!

  • Jess March 19, 2010, 2:06 am

    Chimay is indeed a Belgian beer 🙂

  • Jessica Lee March 19, 2010, 3:20 am

    I’m going to get Ethiopian food this week! I love it, it usually pretty spicy which I like.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 19, 2010, 3:27 am

    Maybe I’m stupid..but what’s a tater tot? I’ve never heard of them in England :s
    That sponge bread looks so peculiar!! I didn’t know they used that – I really want to tru Ethiopian food now 😀 purely for that reason! I hate eating with a fork anyways 😛

    • caitlin March 19, 2010, 9:35 am

      fried potatoes 😉

  • Marina March 19, 2010, 5:01 am

    wow, that bread looks really interesting, I wonder what it tastes like. All the food looks amazing!

  • Emmanuelle March 19, 2010, 5:12 am

    Wow looks good! I have never tried Ethopian although there’s an Ethopian restaurant here, I have to tell boyfriend to go there 🙂
    And yes Chimay is Belgian, with all the beers produced here you would die 😀

  • HTP Dad March 19, 2010, 5:59 am

    How could you eat in an Ethiopian restaurant without mentioning Haille Selassie, the Lion of Judah? Let Jah be praised!

  • christie, honoring health March 19, 2010, 6:07 am

    I’ve never had Ethiopian food but I really want to try it. Brittany (EatingBridFood) said that the bread you use as a utensil is gluten free so I am all about that!

    Have fun rock climbing!!

  • Lauren March 19, 2010, 6:37 am

    It looks like you are having such a great trip so far. Too bad you won’t be staying for a few weeks, because I am on my way for the Cherry Blossom Run on April 10th! I love DC and I can’t wait.

    Enjoy the wonderful weather and gorgeous day today hun!

    Take care and be well always.

  • cew March 19, 2010, 6:45 am

    You were just blocks away from my parents’ house! I still have never been to that place, but I am going home in a couple of weeks and now I am tempted…

  • Becky March 19, 2010, 6:50 am

    I love Georgetown – my BFF used to live there and we walked by Zed’s a million times but I was always too scared to try. Looked good, though…and I really want to hit up Galaxy Bar next time I’m in the city!

  • Katie March 19, 2010, 7:00 am

    Yum! I’ve always wanted to try Ethiopian food. It looks so fun! 🙂 Mmm, blueberry pancakes, you lucky girl!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 19, 2010, 7:05 am

    Tator tots with cheese . . I could go for some now.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 19, 2010, 7:17 am

    Yum!! I love the idea of using the flat breads to pick up the food. I bet it took a while to get used to though (kind of like using chopsticks for the first time :mrgreen: )

    Glad you’re having fun!! 😀

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 19, 2010, 7:46 am

    I had Ethiopian food in Seattle for the first time a few years ago, and LOVED it! Anything where more food stands in for utensils is good by me 🙂

  • Angela March 19, 2010, 7:46 am

    In Tampa we have a great Ethopian restaurant called Queen of Sheba – delicious! I had a Chimay ONE time before I learned my lesson…too strong for me! I spent a summer in DC and then have some awesome restaurants. I love Lauriol Plaza (Mexican) and Zaytinya. Have fun!

  • Neely March 19, 2010, 7:52 am

    Caitlin,

    Glad you liked Ethiopian… when you return we can go to the one here in Orlando, The Nile. Great place, great food, great owners. 🙂

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired March 19, 2010, 8:13 am

    Never had Ethiopian food…looks interesting. I don’t know how I could eat without silverware!

  • whitney March 19, 2010, 8:22 am

    bar food never fails and sometimes you just gotta crave it!

  • Joanne March 19, 2010, 8:25 am

    It looks like you finally took a day to completely enjoy with good friends. You deserve it.
    Intersting food. Looks good.
    My favorite things to do when away from home is to experience new places and foods I haven’t tried before.
    Keep having a great time.

  • Lee March 19, 2010, 8:26 am

    I’ve been dying to try Ethiopian food. But sometimes tator tots just hit the spot.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete March 19, 2010, 8:27 am

    I love Ethiopian food! We actually had that at our (1st, we got married twice) wedding reception. Needless to say, that pissed my mom off, but if was so good!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 19, 2010, 8:32 am

    What a FUN night!! Good for you for trying something new! That is definitely something I need to get better about!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 19, 2010, 8:33 am

    I absolutely love ethiopian food! I’m so jealous :S

  • Nicole, RD March 19, 2010, 8:37 am

    Tater tots, hehe! There is something about bar food that’s always appealing with drinks 🙂

    Chimays are daaaaaaaaaangerous!!! They’re like the alcohol content of wine, right? My hubby loves them!

  • Jenna March 19, 2010, 8:44 am

    glad you are having a great time!!

  • Kelly March 19, 2010, 8:55 am

    I’m surprised the bar wasn’t more crowded with GTown playing in the Tourney. Looks like tons of fun though!

  • Jessica March 19, 2010, 8:55 am

    Bar food is great. Goes with beer, sits in your stomach and makes you feel cozy – especially in a dimly lit place.

    We don’t have an Ethiopian rest. near by, though I’d love to try one – or, could make my own.??

  • Emily Eats Clean March 19, 2010, 8:56 am

    OMG…..I’ve never had Ethiopian food, how freakin’ cool is that!?!? That spongy bread does look a little weird, but everything else is so bright and colorful I would give in and use the bread just to taste everything else!! 🙂

    -emily http://emilyeatsclean.wordpress.com

  • Matt March 19, 2010, 8:57 am

    Wow that food looks good! I need to find an Ethiopian Restaurant around here. I hope I don’t get hooked! The blog world already got me hooked on Indian food 😉

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 19, 2010, 9:01 am

    What a fun night! I didn’t even know there were Ethiopian restaurants. Your friend Stef is too cute w/ the spongey..thing 🙂
    Have fun today!

  • Becky @ flybynyght March 19, 2010, 9:11 am

    Wow that Ethiopian food looks amazing! We have an Ethiopian restaurant in our city that I’ve wanted to try – but wow, is it good to know about the utensil thing before hand!

    And there’s nothing quite like bar food 🙂

  • Catherine March 19, 2010, 9:13 am

    The injera looks really interesting! There’s a few Ethiopian restaurants right by my apartment, but I’ve been hesitant to try them just because I’d never had it before. Now I wanna try!! Have fun rock climbing!

  • Andrea (canyoustayfordinner.com) March 19, 2010, 9:15 am

    What a great night!! Tater tots make the world go round!! Have fun today!!

  • Jenn (from j3nn.net) March 19, 2010, 9:18 am

    I love the prospect of using bread as a utensil! The food looks great. I’ve never been to a vegetarian restaurant or one that has a lot of vegetarian options, but I would love to one day. 🙂

    Jenn

  • kate March 19, 2010, 9:19 am

    ethiopian food is really different, in a good way! shouldnt all nights end with beer?!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 19, 2010, 9:20 am

    Looks like an interesting restaurant! I love trying out new cuisines. My husband has actually been to Ethiopia and had to eat RAW GOAT meat as some sort of social ritual of welcoming people. So I don’t know that they specialize in vegetarian things 🙂
    ps I love Chimay. Yum.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 19, 2010, 9:41 am

    Ohh I LOVE Galaxy Hut! It has such a fun vibe. I’m not sure if you noticed but they have a ton of vegetarian stuff on the menu – all bar food, and then vegetarian versions (veggie chili, veggie bacon, veggie hotdogs, etc). It’s pretty great!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 19, 2010, 9:51 am

    Those tator tots look awesome… I have to say. Ethiopian food sounds like an experience!

  • Angharad (Eating for England) March 19, 2010, 9:52 am

    I also had Ethiopian food when I was in DC! There must be a large Ethiopian population. I love the lack of utensils – I experienced the same thing in Malaysia when eating Indian food – amazing and fun, if unfortunate for the bright yellow nails you get!

    Have an amazing day!

  • Gwen March 19, 2010, 9:55 am

    I’ve only had Ethiopian once, and it was before I was open to more foods. I should really give it another shot and I’ve heard that Zeds is good. There is a big Ethiopian population here – there are some really great restaurants on U Street!

  • skinnyrunner March 19, 2010, 9:59 am

    ive never even seen ethiopian food let alone tried it! looks like a fun evening tho!

  • Lindsey March 19, 2010, 10:07 am

    Chimay is like, one of my favorite-est beers ever!!! How fun!! I’m so glad you got a power nap in too. 🙂

  • Ami March 19, 2010, 10:12 am

    The injera is a fermented bread made from teff (a whole grain) so it’s very healthy! The fermentation creates good bacteria in your intestines, and I LOVE how many Ethiopian dishes are vegetarian!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teff

    I need to go back soon!!

  • Quinn March 19, 2010, 10:47 am

    Aahhh! You were right around the corner from me at Java Green yesterday, and I used to live across the street from Galaxy Hut! Love that place!

    See you later tonight at FitBloggin!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 19, 2010, 10:58 am

    I’ve been to Zed’s and to be honest it wasn’t my favorite… Eating with your hands is fun though 😉

  • Bridgette March 19, 2010, 11:09 am

    Zed’s is a couple blocks away from my job. DC in the springtime is the best. I am happy that you are enjoying your stay. Hopefully you can get out and enjoy Baltimore too, they have great bars/beers there too 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 19, 2010, 11:23 am

    I’ve heard Ethiopian food is delicious and very veggie friendly. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • cassie March 19, 2010, 11:33 am

    ethiopian food is wonderful, great spices and aromas.. we have an amazing restaurant in new york called Ghenet that’s ethiopian, you should try it when ever your here.. enjoy Fit Bloggin

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 19, 2010, 11:35 am

    tots and cheese sound sooooooo good right now! i just can’t bring myself to go downstairs and make a GM at the moment 🙂

    hope your weekend is awesome! can’t wait to hear more about fitbloggin’!

  • Anne P March 19, 2010, 12:17 pm

    How fun! I heart Galaxy Hut 🙂

  • Jessica March 19, 2010, 12:38 pm

    Yum, I love Ethiopian! I’m not a vegetarian, but I still think I prefer vegetarian Ethiopian…it’s so tasty!

  • Tracey March 19, 2010, 1:27 pm

    I LOVE tater tots! Sprinkle with Lawry’s seasoned salt and dip in A1. MMMM!!!

  • Andrea of Care to Eat March 19, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Tater tots + cheese = totchos. They used to be my 5th food group.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale March 19, 2010, 1:37 pm

    We have a million ethiopian restaurants here in Chicago – we love them! My husband especially, for the stewed meats. Not being much of a meat eater myself, I love that the menu has great veggie options too!

  • Deirdre March 19, 2010, 4:25 pm

    I love Ethiopian food. Eating with your hands is so fun and I love the texture of the injera.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 19, 2010, 6:17 pm

    I like Ethiopian food … just not the spongy bread, so it makes it difficult for me to eat at an Ethiopian restaurant!

  • Jackie March 20, 2010, 5:48 am

    I was in Ethiopia for 6 weeks 2 years ago..the injera is good but they have it for every meal..even breakfast with eggs! They usually either have vegetarian options or goat. Both were usually pretty spicy. There is a strong italian influence there from the war so there is lots of pizza in Ethiopia. The coffee in Ethiopia is very strong! They have a coffee ritual where you drink 3 cups of coffee and each cup gets stronger and stronger. I also remember getting a popular drink there-its half beer and half coke..it was actually really good. Its really easy to get drunk there though because of the high altitude!

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