Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant | Restaurants
Meskerem, the name we have chosen for our restaurant, is the first month of the Ethiopian calendar. Of the thirteen months that make up the Ethiopian calendar, MESKEREM (September) is the most favored because it ends a three month long (June-August) rainy season, and begins a new year marked by sunny and pleasant weather.
MESKEREM also brings the annual celebration, especially for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, of Meskal on September 27 to commemorate the finding of the "True Cross."
Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. The quintessence of those bonds are often demonstrated in the form of gursha-That is, the placing of food on the mouth of another diner from one's own "hand."
Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entree. It is a large crepe/pancake upon which the various stew-like dishes are served. The traditional way of eating is with the fingers, which in itself a delicate art. In this manner, a bite sized piece if Injera is broken off to pick up a mouthful of the chosen dish.
Vegetarian dishes are also staple of Ethiopian cuisine, especially during Lent, a period of fifty days before Easter. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are prohibited from eating all meat and meat by products such as milk, cheese and butter untill Easter. Yet the variety of watts and other dishes made of lentis, peas and other vegetables are just as exotic and tasty as those containing meats.