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Monday, January 21, 2008

Who's (got) your manna?

Main Entry: man·na
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek, from Hebrew mān
Date: before 12th century
1 a: food miraculously supplied to the Israelites in their journey through the wilderness b: divinely supplied spiritual nourishment c: a usually sudden and unexpected source of gratification, pleasure, or gain (
from www.m-w.com)

I was talking to a friend recently about manna, not in the literal sense, but the concept. I was on the search for it this weekend. I was hoping to discover it in a new restaurant, but I ended up going where I knew for a fact that I would find it: A Taste of Julia's in Fairfield.

What's my manna? Soul food. Injera (seen above) wrapped around just about anything edible in an Ethiopian restaurant (Speaking of which, Emanu is supposed to open this month. Um, I hope it's soon!). Thai food. Indian food. And (wait for it) sauerkraut mixed with mashed potatoes. What can I say... This is what happens when you love food and you come from a hodgepodge family.

What foods (cuisines or specific dishes) bring you pure pleasure?

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at 11:56 AM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

There was a Ethiopian restaurant named Langano that was briefly open at the spot long-held by the Temple Restaurant on 6th (7th?) street near Elm. Great injera. See pic on Roadfood at http://www.roadfood.com/insider/photos/664.jpg, and a little commentary starting near the bottom of the page at http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6637&whichpage=11

As an aside, a lot of folks on Roadfood bring up about Teranga in Hartwell when talking about African food.

at 12:23 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Hey, TJ,

Yeah, I've heard decent things about Teranga. I like West African cuisine, but East African/Ethiopian cuisine really does it for me... Looks like I'll need to get my fix when I go see my family in Cleveland. If you're ever in NE Ohio, you should check out Empress Taytu. Mmm...

at 3:43 PM Blogger mmascolino said...

>What foods (cuisines or specific dishes) bring you pure pleasure?

Where to start or begin? In no particular order:
Lamb Rogan Josh, Lasagna, Crab Cakes, Onion Rings, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and I could go on...

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