|The lunch vegetarian plate at Blue Nile, 9400 Richmond. They also serve it during dinner, but it's $12.99 as a lunch special.|
I first started going to Houston's best-known pair of Ethiopian restaurants about sixteen years ago: Blue Nile, and Queen of Sheba (the latter has reportedly since closed). I did a 3-year sojourn in Austin about twelve years ago, and at that time, there was no Ethiopian food for sale in central Texas, except that an independent person did sell the famous Ethiopian flat bread injera through one of the local Asian Indian grocery stores. We die-hard fans used to line up on Saturday mornings for a chance to buy some of that limited supply, except that I was one of the few enthusiasts who was not a person of color, so I stuck out like a sore thumb. One day, a young man boldly asked me, "Who are you, and how do you know about injera?" I explained to him that I had become fond of Ethiopian food while living in Houston, and I missed it after moving to Austin. When I told him about Queen of Sheba, he responded, "Oh, then you've met my parents - they are the owners." Small world, as always. I still have his business card.
There's nothing quite like authentic 100% teff injera.
Blue Nile a few days ago - to get my fix.
|Teff flour used to be found in the organic section of grocery stores, the section that looks something like this. Not finding it recently, I inquired at the Kirby Whole Foods. They told me that they haven't been able to get any in months, and they don't know why, or when the supply might resume.|
|That's one expensive little (24 oz) bag of flour, especially when adding in the $4.99 shipping cost. But you know that I've always advocated for investing in health food far more than useless trophies and trinkets such as unnecessarily expensive cars and houses. |
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Anyway, good luck with your own dining and cooking adventures. Blue Nile's quality is just as robust today as it was sixteen or seventeen years ago when I first started going there. Here's hoping it continues, with the prerequisite 100% teff injera.