Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

"In Ethiopia, food is often looked at through a strong spiritual lens, stronger than anywhere else I know. It's the focal point of weddings, births and funerals and is a daily ceremony from the preparation of the meal and the washing of hands to the sharing of meals." - Marcus Samuelsson

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An Easter Goat: Shopping for Food in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – On a bumpy stretch of road somewhere on the east side of town, between the crowded Meganaña bus station and the mud roads of Kotebe, a steep embankment dotted with trees marks one of the city’s most popular livestock markets. On the hillside, shepherds tend their small flocks of goats and sheep and negotiate deals with prospective …

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Kitfo: Eating Ethiopia’s Distinctive Dish

I’m no stranger to ordering platters of raw meat in random places (i.e. at the home where Dracula/Vlad Tepes was born, in Romania) so I made it my culinary mission to try a popular local dish called kitfo while in Ethiopia. Kitfo is raw ground beef marinated in red chili powder and clarified butter, served with injera and a variety of flatbreads. …

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In Ethiopia: A Traditional Home-Cooked Meal

My first thought upon arrival in Addis Ababa is that it’s colder than I expected. I only packed one sweater, and somehow I missed the whole “third highest world capital” info while tossing thin cotton t-shirts into my carry-on. I came to Ethiopia to volunteer at Fresh and Green Academy only a few days after three weeks in West Africa. I …

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