Breakfast/ Dinner

Treated Like a Queen

Last night was great!

Ryan surprised me TOTALLY by taking me to the Ethiopian restaurant here I’ve been dying to try. Now, Ryan is a sort of pizza and tacos kind of guy. This restaurant was definitely out his comfort zone—but he researched it on this website that shows vegan/vegetarian options in tampa bay. He even read the menu to see if there was stuff on it I would enjoy! What a guy! 🙂


The restaurant— Queen of Sheba— was wonderful though. Really, really good. I had never had Ethiopian food before but I can say I like it now. One entire page was dedicated to tasty vegan options! Things like lentils and greens were the most predominant items of the menu, and everything was spicy! Ryan and I started off our meal with a glass of wine. I got red wine from South Africa, which was very yummy, and Ryan got a very dry red from Ethiopia. Just for kicks and giggles, we ordered an appetizer to share because we both were branching out. All the apps were vegan, except for one, so we ordered the Vegetarian Sambussa to share. It was basically like an egg roll stuffed with a spicy green lentil mixture. Even Ryan liked it!




For my entree, I just couldn’t pick so I settled on the Vegetarian Platter, which was a little taste of everything on the vegan menu. It was served on the soft bread that you were supposed to eat with—no silverware was on the tables! On my platter I had ye misr wot, a mixture of spicy red lentils, ye kik alecha, simmered yellow split peas with spices, atikilt alecha, carrots, potatoes and beans, some chickpea creation and collard greens. I loved it ALL but I think my favorite was the ye misr wot. I basically cleaned my plate, except for a few bites. I was stuffed but it was worth it because it was the best meal I’ve had in awhile. I’ll definitely be back! Ryan, of course, had the meat combo plate that had chicken, beef and lamb. We were both happy! He agreed it was better than what he thought.



Dinner went by quickly due to fast service and a small restaurant (it was packed though!) so when we got done around 8:30, we didn’t want to go home just yet. We decided instead to go to this restaurant/bar and sit outside and have a drink. I ordered a glass of a Spanish red and Ryan had his usual, a rum and coke. 🙂

So, it was a great night with delicious out of the ordinary food! I had three glasses of wine in all—one glass of white while I was getting ready at the apartment, a glass at dinner and a glass after dinner. Three is my limit and I was ready for bed after all that! We didn’t need dessert because dinner was SO filling and we had after dinner drinks instead.

Then…I slept until 9:00 this morning!!!! We were up at 3 am last night for awhile because there was a horrible storm and Dexter was scared. I needed the extra sleep! Today, of course, is Father’s Day and I’ll be going over to my parents house shortly (I think I might work out in the upstairs gym first…maybe…..). My dad and my brother are playing golf all day and I’m just relaxing with my mom. We are making dinner together tonight but not sure what we are making yet. Lunch will probably be a relaxed affair!

I had a bowl of my new cereal I got at the store yesterday: Barbara’s Shredded Oats, which were like a healthy form of Quaker Oatmeal Squares. Really good…maybe a new fav because it was very filling!



Oh and just so that Ryan is held accountable for this: I served his cereal this morning with soymilk and he said he really liked it and from now on, we can just buy soymilk instead of dairy milk. I’ll have to remind him that he said that!!

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  • oatmeal
    June 15, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Too bad there doesn’t seem to be too many ethiopian restaurants around ’cause it sounds like you guys had a wonderful dinner! The vegetarian platter looks so intriguing!

  • VeggieGirl
    June 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    What a lovely Ethiopian feast!!

  • Melissa
    June 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Jenna- Where is the dress from that you are wearing on your b-day dinner? I love what I can see of it and need a new dress for a wedding that I am going to next month. Thanks!

  • Meghan
    June 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve been dying to try Ethiopian food ever since I did a report about Ethiopia in 8th grade, so in my book, you’re one lucky girl! (Especially with such a great guy, too!) Ba-ha, in response to Ryan being somewhat out of his element, my boyfriend is the EXACT same way, and although I can get him to try new things, it’s often met with skepticism and SOMETIMES just pure refusal (“you made WHAT?!….Spicy african peanut soup?!”….even though he loves spicy food and peanut butter…) OK enough about me! Your dinner looks like it was wonderful! Have a fantastic fathers day.

  • BethT
    June 15, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Yeah! I love Shredded Oats! I sometimes mix a handful with choc chips and it tastes a lot like an ice cream cone.

  • jenna
    June 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm


    That’s actually a top, not a dress! It would be cute as a dress though. I got it from a tiny boutique store in Charleston a couple years ago in college.

  • erica
    June 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Ooh, Ethiopian food! I’ve got to try it, it looks delicious!

  • Brynn
    June 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve tried Ethiopian food once and all of the stuff on the bread was so good but I didn’t like the sour bread. I wish they served it on pita or something. 🙂 But I guess that wouldn’t be very authentic.

  • Mel H
    June 15, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    jenna, are quaker oats squares not very healthy? I thought they were and I buy them all the time…maybe I should reconsider~ haha. Also, is drinking soy milk everyday healthy ? I’ve heard mixed things about soy and women of child bearing age so I try not to drink it much…all the studies confuse me!!

  • jenna
    June 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Mel H,

    Haha no I’m sure quaker oatmeal squares are just fine. These are “organic” so you can be the judge if you think they are healthier or not. I’m sure they are just the same as Quaker but using organic ingredients and the box says that one serving = 80% of your whole grains needs for the day. I believe soymilk to be just fine, as I drink it everyday. All the studies confuse me too, and i’m not a doctor by any means so until they tell me something definite, I’m going to keep eating/drinking soy.

  • Mel H
    June 15, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    thanks Jenna!! you are awesome. have a great night

  • Little Black Dress
    June 15, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Jenna, I live in Washington DC which is known for its Ethiopian restaurants, and recently started enjoying Ethopian food. It is absolutely awesome and SOOO easy to eat vegan. Last time I went out to one (called Makeresh in Adams Morgan, DC) I had the same exact platter you had (only it was for 2 and I shared it with my brother) and it was AMAZING. My very favorite was your favorite too- the red lentil mixture- it is so savory it is like eating meat! Plus, the spongy bread is a lot of fun. So glad you enjoyed it, and I love that Ryan is supporting your vegan leanings despite being a meat n potatoes kind of guy. What a great celebration- you deserve it!

  • Cara
    June 15, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Nice, thanks for the inspiration to try some ethiopian food. looks great!

  • Jack
    June 15, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    That restaurant looks really good!

  • Caroline
    June 16, 2008 at 4:22 am

    What a cool eatery! I wish we had an Ethiopian restaurant!
    That’s great to hear that Ryan is a soymilk convert–my mom showed some interest in my Silk today, so maybe she’ll soon be on board too:)

  • Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet
    June 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Yum! We live quite near several ethiopian restaurants in chicago, and love going there for food. If you make the vegetarian dishes at home, they can be really healthy too. But we are spoiled because a small ethiopian grocer near us sells the made injera bread so we dont have to fuss with making it ourselves.

    Glad you liked it and fun that he was willing to go outside the comfort zone.

  • Ally
    June 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Love your dress Jenna! Looking gorgeous as always! Ryan looks a little nervous to try his dinner though. That certainly sounds like an interesting meal. I have to admit I’m partial to utensils and would have had to ask for silverware though : ) You guys are so cute.