Spending this past week and weekend in Dallas, TX, I ate a lot of Ethiopian food. Which I find is kind of addictive.
Also, we went to Six Flags Over Texas on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and not hot. Our mission was to ride several of the roller coasters. We ended up getting season passes, because they were the same price as general admission. I haven’t been on a roller coaster in about 20 years. I remember loving them though. Our first one was the Titan. We stood in line for at least 45 minutes before we boarded. The first drop scared the crap out of me, but after that it got better. Then we went on to the ‘new’ Texas Giant. We didn’t quite make it to more than the two roller coasters, but hope to try them all before end of season.
The Titan is approximately 250 feet tall and the drop speeds in excess of 80 mph.
The Texas Giant’s first drop is at 79 degrees and reaches about 14 stories.
Driving from Six Flags we were on I-635E and it was a nightmare drive because it went down to one lane. We were stopped a lot. So if you are traveling in the area, keep this in mind. Try to avoid at all costs. We spent nearly two hours on the road, instead of 35 minutes.
While visiting Dallas I ate Ethiopian food several times. I tried out Lalibela twice. It is located at 9191 Forest Lane. I had their Veggie Combo. There were many great flavors in the combo dish and a lot of food. I was able to eat it for several meals both times.
When searching for Ethiopian Restaurant’s in Dallas, I discovered that Dallas has a lot of Ethiopian Restaurant’s. So that’s when I decided I’d try another place. I then tried out Desta, which was more gourmet style and their Veggie Combo included about 10 different dishes to try. Again, I ate several meals from it and enjoyed it each time. One thing they did differently is they didn’t serve the food on top of the infamous Injera bread. Also, I really liked the sunflower dish they made, that was something new to me.
Many of the Ethiopian Orthodox stay away from all meat and any animal products of any kind during lent. So always a good option is the Veggie or Veggie Combo dishes. The Injera bread is also safe to eat as it contains no dairy, egg or any type of animal product. It is made of yeast and Teff flour, which are both vegan. Some strict Vegans or Raw Vegans stay away from both.
Besides fresh pressed veggie and fruit juices I also tried out Afrah. It was very good. It’s located at 314 E Main Street in Richardson, TX. I tried the Zatar pie which is something I eat at home at times. Zatar is a Mediterranean spice, which they say is good for brain activity. In fact, it is something eaten in mornings before school/work days to help stimulate the brain. I then had the Falafel (seasoned fava beans & chickpeas, fried into patties) sandwich and it was very good as well. The Muhammara (spicy, red bell pepper -walnut dip) was amazing! I have eaten a lot of Mediterranean food, but have never had the Muhammara so I wanted to give it a try. I’d definitely eat at all these places again and can’t wait for the next time.
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