Whilst planning our trip to Washington we had asked our friends for any recommendations or suggestions. Top of everyone's list was an Ethiopian restaurant called Meskerem in Adams-Morgan, and Doc had been there a couple of years ago; so naturally we went on Saturday night.
I'd never eaten Ethiopian food before, but Doc assured me there would be a good vegetarian selection and he was absolutely right. I choose a platter which had a little bit of everything on it, and all of it was delicious. Doc C had lamb, which I understand was really good too.
Everything was served on big plates (usually just one from which everyone shares, but Doc asked our waitress to keep our main dishes separate because he's very considerate like that) with a lot of soft floppy bread, sort of like a pancake, but with the little bubbles you get on crumpets. You tear off bits of the bread and use it to scoop up a mouthful of food. The platter is placed on a low wicker table, which is concave so you have to reach down into it. That sounds so weird, but it's really nice and creates a very relaxed intimate atmosphere.
It was a perfect atmosphere for a second or third date, and I had a whale of a time eavesdropping on nervous young couples. In my opinion the guy in the blue shirt was completely wasting his time, because the young lady he was with barely spoke and was wearing a scruffy beige cardigan which would indicate to me that she wasn't keen, but he seemed to really enjoy the sound of his own voice so perhaps he won't be too upset.
Another thing I really liked about being out and about in Adams-Morgan on a Saturday night was that everyone had really dressed up to go out. Women were wearing beautiful dresses and jewelry, or well cut jeans and tops with really good hair-dos, so they looked great. The students round here seem to believe that dressing up is putting on their least filthy pair of jeans and a t-shirt, so it was just refreshingly fabulous to see all the glamour