Eating to Live on the Outside: Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

As a Yankees fan going to bean town is almost a sacrilege, but sometimes we all have to make sacrifices. This week Eating to Live on the Outside “travels” to Fasika in Boston, Massachusetts.

Baseball loyalties aside, Fasika looks like a great place to eat. They serve food made with a variety of vegetables, like collard greens, cabbage and eggplant. Here are some good choices:

Ethiopian Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions and jalapeno peppers in lemon vinaigrette; nothing wrong with this, but I’d order the dressing on the side.


  • Lentil salad with jalapeno peppers, onions and vinegar; looks cool.


  • Traditional sauce made from roasted legumes and Berbere; beans are great and musical too!

Yé-Misir Wot

  • Split lentils cooked in berbere sauce; no problems here.

Yé-kik Alicha

  • Split peas cooked in garlic and ginger sauce; I dig it.

Yé-Gomen Wot

  • Collard green leaves sautéed with onions and garlic; the sautéing is iffy, but the collard greens are awesome.

Yé-Atakilt Kilikil

  • Green beans, carrots, potatoes and onions cooked in a mild sauce; another good one.

Yé-Tikil Gomen

  • Fresh cabbages, carrots, potatoes and green pepper cooked in a turmeric sauce; cabbage is very musical too, hooray!

Vegetable Curry

  • Eggplants, squash, green and red peppers sautéed in a curry sauce; same deal with the sautéing.

Fasika totally works! I'd order either the Yé-Tikil Gomen or the Yé-Gomen Wot. In general, Ethiopian food is pretty rock star! Not a lot of frills and packed with vegetables.

But, Ethiopians do eat some funky stuff too. I saw on TV that they drink coffee with butter and salt. Yuck! Anyway, do me a favor. Flip through Fasika’s menu and tell what you’d order.

Image credit: Faskia Ethiopian Restaurant

Eating to Live on the Outside: Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine

It’s Saturday! And before I head off to Yoga, time for Eating to Live on the Outside and this week, I’m off to Los Angeles, California to eat at Rahel Ethiopian Veggie Cuisine. I wish! Not really, I’ll be flipping through the internet menu to see what looks good. Ha, fooled you!

Rahel is pretty awesome, lots and lots of tasty goodies to choose from. In fact, nearly all the food is worth a look. So, without any further ado, here’s a breakdown of stuff I might order:

Yemsir Kik Wot (Split lentil stew)

  • Split lentils in red pepper sauce and spices; pretty simple, looks good.

Yefasolia Wot (Mixed vegetable stew)

  • Steamed string beans, carrots and seasoned with garlic, ginger and turmeric; steamed veggies are always good.

Yeatkilt Wot (Vegetable stew)

  • Steamed vegetables, carrots and potatoes with spices; same deal here.


  • Steamed greens with seasoned garlic and green pepper; impossible to beat greens!

Yeater Alicha (Split-pea stew)

  • Steamed split peas and onions, seasoned with garlic and onions; I’m digging all the garlic.

Yemitin Shiro Wot (Chick pea stew)

  • Powdered peas, chick peas and red pepper sauce with assorted spices; I’ve never had powdered peas before.

Yeshiro Alicha (Mild chick pea stew)

  • Mild powdered peas sauce, chick peas and spices; looks tasty, but you’ll be farting a lot.

Zucchini Wot (zucchini stew)

  • Steamed zucchini with spices; I’m Italian, I love zucchini!

Yedinch Wot (Potato stew)

  • Steamed potatoes, red pepper sauce and spices; sounds cool.

Veggie Banatu

  • Tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and onions, served with injera; I’ll pass on the injera, its bread.

Rahel looks great! As for what I’d order. I like the Greens or the Yeatkilt Wot. And you might consider one of the combo platters, but that looks like a lot of food. Maybe share with friends! Some of the juices are interesting too, like Telba, made with flaxseed. Anyone ever try it before?

Yeah, I dig Rahel. Even the side salads look awesome! But now it’s your turn. Take a few minutes, read through Rahel’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Do like something different? Tell me! Peace.

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