Last night at our cross-company Marketing Awards, Facebook friend, neighbour and co-worker Tricia was a Finalist in the Social Media marketing category for ADHD Moms. Despite a very compelling business case, the Facebook page didn’t win, so Heidi, Kara and I decided to take Tricia out for a drink. We were joined by Caroline and Meredith from T’s agency. One of our favourite restaurants, Makeda was just down the street from the award ceremony venue. Their Website says “Makeda is New Jersey’s first and only Ethiopian restaurant offering exceptional cuisine in elegant surroundings.” We just like it cause it’s has good food and a great atmosphere.
We ordered drinks and some appetizers. So what Ethiopian appetizers do you order? Our waitress, Xavier, was very accommodating with us by helping us order some great dishes.
On the tray above we have Zaalouk, Kefta and D’jaj Bi Zitiune. The marinated chicken and olive dish is the D’jaj Bi Zitiune. The salt of the olives was a nice match to the sweetness of the chicken. It still unusual for me to have heated olives but it was good dish. The Kefta are Moroccan meatballs and with the injera bread made a nice meaty bite. Not too spicy just a smoky meaty taste. The Zaalouk is diced sauteed eggplant with garlic and spices. I am not a big fan of eggplant and we ordered it for my vegan co-worker Kara but it wasn’t bad. Not as good as the Italian eggplant I had at the Memorial Day Picnic but it was good.
The second tray of appetizers contained Loubia, Shrimp Alecha and Basid. Loubia is a vegan dish of green beans with garlic, ginger, parsley and cumin. I love green beans to start so with the addition of the spice mix these were delicious. The Shrimp Alecha was sauteed with some green peppers, rosemary and spices. Very good but the shrimp disappeared quickly. The Busia (spelling?) was sauteed carrots with some garlic and spices. Again another veggie dish that was great. Together with the injera bread and the six dishes we made a meal out of the appetizers. It was fun to eat with our fingers and the injera bread, some of us, who will remain nameless, used forks. LOL.
So what do you drink with such a feast? So I asked Xavier, what to drink and she suggested the tej. This wine is made from 100% honey and flavoured with powdered leaves and twigs. As you can see it has almost a bright yellow colour and it was very sweet taste that reminded me of mead. Tricia liked it but it was too sweet for me to eat food with. So I needed to change to some red wine. Xavier was having fun with us taking photos, getting the descriptions of the food for the blog and us generally being loud that when I asked for the red wine the bar sent over a sample for me to try. I have been drinking Pinot Noir lately but this was a shiraz. Since they recommended it I went for it. Instead of filling my glass, Xavier brought the bottle over for me to see.
So it was Ol’ Geezer wine. LOL it was very funny. The staff was having some fun with me but the wine wasn’t actually that bad so we all laughed and continued with our after party. I was a lot of fun, God knows what we would have done if Tricia actually had won. Maybe next year.
We enjoyed our evening of Ethiopian food and hope you try some soon. In the meantime, let us all know you favourite type of food is at food poll.
Makeda 338 George St., New Brunswick, NJ, 08901 732-545-5115