Eating to Live on the Outside: Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

It’s Saturday. Time for the Eating to Live on the Outside road show. And today we’re “off” to Nile Ethiopian Restaurant in Virginia. How does it stack up? I like it. Here’s a quick list of stuff I might order.


  • Whole lentils cooked and mashed, seasoned lime juice and mustard; lentils are awesome. Just make sure you don’t order lentils if you’re out on a date. Toot, toot!

Ater Kik Alicha

  • Yellow split peas cooked in mildly flavored sauce, seasoned with garlic and ginger; looks good to me. It’s hard to go wrong with garlic.


  • Finely chopped collard green seasoned with garlic and ginger; collard greens are always a winner for me.

Tekel Gomen

  • Green cabbage seasoned with fresh garlic and ginger; cabbage is cool, just watch out for the toot-toots here too.


  • String beans and carrots cooked in a mild caramelized onion sauce; string beans are great. I like them when they’re a tad undercooked. They’re crispier that way.

Now, if I REALLY had to pick something. I’d go with the go with the Gomen. I eat collard greens a lot. So I’ll stick with the sure thing. What about you? What would you order? Check out Nile’s menu and let know.

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Eating to Live on the Outside: Nirvana

Finally! It’s Saturday. I thought this week would never end. Okay, it’s time for a “trip” to Washington, DC. Today, Eating to Live on the Outside heads to Nirvana in the nation’s capital.

Alright, let’s see what he got here. Well, it looks good, a bunch of veggies and other goodies. Here’s a quick list of stuff I might order:

Amiri Khaman

  • Steamed cooked lentil cakes; lentils are always cool.


  • Lentil soup cooked with vegetables and roasted spices; more kudos for lentils.

Awakening Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, tomato and spring onion served with a tart peppery dressing; looks like a good one.

Chick Peas Salad

  • Chick peas, tomatoes, and onion, with fresh cilantro and a lemon dressing; another winner here.

Nirvana Salad

  • Cabbage, tomato, cucumber, apple, grapes and more with fresh cilantro and spicy and tangy dressing; I love combining fruit and veggies in a salad!

Vegetable Biryani

  • Basmati rice cooked with mixed vegetables, herbs, cashews and spices; I dig it, I’m okay with the rice, no worries.

Bisi Bele Huli Anna

  • Basmati rice cooked with lentils, vegetables and cashews; cashews are awesome, same deal with the rice.


  • Baked eggplant cooked to perfection with a chef’s special blend of spices; pretty simple, I like it.

Bharva Subji

  • Cherry potatoes, eggplant and peppers stuffed with specially roasted spices; another good one.

Aloo Gobi

  • Potatoes and cauliflower curry; no problems here.

Chole masala

  • Chick pea curry from North India; this will help you fart.

Tarka Dal

  • Yellow split pea lentil cooked with ginger, green chilies, cilantro, and tomatoes blend of spices and flavors; not a bad choice either.

Yeah, I think Nirvana is very doable. Plenty to choose from! As for me, I’m going with the Nirvana Salad or maybe the Bisi Bele Huli Anna.

Now I need your help. Flip through Nirvana’s menu and let me know what you’d order. Do tell, do tell!

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Eating to Live on the Outside: Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

It’s been cold and snowy in New Jersey. A trip to California would do me good. So, via the powers of the internet, I’m off to San Diego to drop by Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India. It has potential.

Now, Bombay won’t be winning Eating to Live on the Outside top honors, a lot of the menu is very scary, but a good chunk of it seems okay. Here’s a list of foods that might tickle your fancy:

Kashmiri Salad

  • Mixed greens, onions, mango and green chilies; sounds great, I love mango!

Baby Green Salad

  • Greens with dressing; pretty simple, but dressing on the side.

Kachumber Salad

  • Onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and Serrano chilies, tossed with fresh lemon, oil and chatt masala; the oil is a little iffy, but I’m okay with it.

Sag Bhaji

  • Fresh spinach cooked in creamy onion sauce; spinach is awesome, but hopefully there’s no dairy.

Mixed Vegetable Korma

  • Creamy saffron sauce, garden veggies, almonds, raisins and spices; same deal with the creamy sauce.

Dal Makhani

  • Lentils cooked in spiced sauce; it’s hard to beat lentils!

Channa Masala

  • Garbanzo beans with onion and garlic sauce; beans are fantastic, they’re musical!

Tofu & Peas

  • Garden peas and tofu cooked in a creamy, spicy curry sauce; again with the sauce.

Vegetarian Tikka Masala

  • Chopped veggies cooked in authentic curry sauce; very cool.

Bombay Aloo

  • Potatoes tossed with chopped onions, tomato, cilantro and cumin, seasoned with mild curry sauce; I pretty much like anything with tomatoes.

Sag Aloo

  • Spinach cooked with potatoes and spicy sauce; I dig it.

Aloo Gobi

  • Cauliflower and tomatoes cooked in onion gravy sauce; no problems here.

Vegetable Jahl Frezi

  • Potatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, peas, carrots and zucchini in a sweet and spicy curry sauce; hooray for zucchini!

Dizzy Noo Shak

  • Bananas marinated in spices and cooked in sweet and spicy coconut curry sauce; I eat more bananas than a monkey!

Eggplant Bhartha

  • Pureed roasted eggplant cooked with spices and peas; its certainly unique and very interesting.

Okra Masala

  • Cooked Okra with roasted cumin, onion, tomatoes, bell peppers and mild curry sauce; I’ve actually never had okra, perfect time to try!

Bombay’s got a lot to choose from. Most of the menu isn’t going to work, but that list isn’t bad. If I had to pick, I’d order the Kashmiri Salad, Vegetable Jahl Frezi or the Channa Masala.

That’s my top three. I always try to pick dishes with the most veggies, specifically greens, but what about you? What looks good to you? Check out Bombay’s menu and let me know. Peace.

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Britons Choke Down Healthy Food...

Many Brits love a full English breakfast, but hate nutritious foods, like spinach, mushrooms, lentils, onions, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and other vegetables. But, they still eat them! According to a new report, during their lifetime, people living in the United Kingdom consume 4,000 portions of foods they dislike, because they know eating them is healthy. Nutritionists are astonished by the amount of food people are forcing themselves to eat; The Telegraph investigates.

Wow, that’s hardcore! But not nearly as tough as the mums who started dealing hamburgers on the playground when the local school tried to improve its menu, now that’s gangster!

Via CalorieLab.

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