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some notes on Red Sea - including a full Ethiopian/Eritrean coffee ceremony

Thi N. | Apr 22, 200310:27 PM

First - recent dining at Red Sea, an Eritrean restaurant which i prefer to any of the Ethiopian places on Fairfax that I've tried - indicates that it's still as good as ever. Er, veggie stuff only, all great. All their meat stuff is kind of sad, for some reason. Cabbage a particular favorite.

Some things I found out last time I was there:

1. They are changing management (though keeping the same chefs, I think?) and having a Grand Opening soon, with free food. They have my phone #. I will post info as soon as I found out. Perhaps we should have some hidden I-Am-A-Chowhound signal, and attend en masse.

2. Importantly: they do a full Ethiopian/Eritrean coffee ceremony here. This is a multi-hour affair. They just did some coffee for us, last time - we were asking them about their full coffee ceremony, and they just whipped us up a quick batch, complimentary, for post-dinner consumption. This means - they keep green coffee beans on hand, and roasted them while we ate. Ground and served immediately. The coffee itself is very much like Turkish or Armenian coffee - ground, whipped into boiling water with lots of sugar and some spices. Really, very excellent coffee. They do a full ceremony, too, which takes a few hours, and involves incense and multiple preperations of coffee, etc. They told us just to give them a little advance notice and they could do it for us, anytime.

I need to start roasting my own coffee.


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