For the Food Duo, meetups are always an anticipated good time with fellow vegan friends, both old and new. Regardless of venue, Mac and I look forward to spending a few hours yakking up light conversation as we break bread with our brethren. Although the recent evil heat wave in NYC had reigned in my enthusiasm to go anywhere or do anything (I HATE hot weather!), it wasn’t enough to turn me into Mr. Crankypants when Ethiopian food was on deck!
I had only tried Ethiopian cuisine once before our Meetup at Lalibela, which I really enjoyed it. So, I was looking forward to trying it again. Lalibela, which is located on a semi-hidden walkway in Mount Kisco, is an inviting and pleasant place to have a meal. The small, cozy interior boasted original artwork (photos and paintings from Eastern Africa) along sunset colored walls and the seductive music playing was what I would call a mix of modern Ethiopian and Dubstep. Albeit it’s not a vegan restaurant, their menu offered several very tasty vegan dishes that our group shared family style, this included our favorite vegan baby! Our dinner included misir wat (lentils, onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric and olive oil), shiro wat (split peas, onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric and olive oil), fosolia (string beans, onions, ginger, garlic and olive oil), cabbage (onions, potatoes, carrots, turmeric and olive oil) and gomen (collard greens, onion, garlic, ginger and olive oil). All of the aromatic and perfectly spiced dishes were served with fresh, spongy injera bread, making this utensil-less dish (okay, I cheated, I used a fork) a more traditional way to eat. And despite the obnoxious heat, the food was light and cool.
Despite the number of vegan and vegetarian people we know in Westchester, there’s a dearth of vegan restaurants. However, it’s exciting to know that more and more restaurants in Westchester (and elsewhere) are offering vegan options. We’re glad that Lalibela is one of growing number of places that listen to our requests and offer great vegan food that anyone would enjoy. As I’m writing this blog, I’m craving a nice dish of gomen!
37 S Moger Ave Mt Kisco, NY 10549