Monday morning as usual…there was nothing much to do at work…as most of them were dependable on others…so I had to just make sure if they know there responsibilities…as usual I took off from work….with Jagu in the background singing….
‘kabhi yoon bhi to ho, dariya ka sahil ho poore chaand ki raat ho aur tum aao’…(sometimes it should happen so …should be near the sea shore and it should be a full moon night and at that moment you should come)…something like that ;)
I was thinking of cooking something for dinner…when I got this phone call saying how about dinner out…@ a Ethiopian restaurant….gosh! How can I say no…as I had once and its just so awesome!!!
The evening turned out to be a gala…! We went to this ‘Queen of Sheba’ restaurant…’Sheba’ is one of the tribes in Ethiopia. I had read on the net that the owner of this restaurant came to California to do his Electrical Engineering and then he got into this restaurant business…as his father had the same business in Ethiopia. It was such an authentic and warm feeling to be there. I have a story to tell here about the host –
Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose” ~ Kevin Arnold
Sahlu Okbato, who emigrated from his native Ethiopia to the United States in 1991, took over the San Jose Coffee Shop on Aug. 16, 2003, adding Ethiopian food to his offerings in late September.
Although Sahlu grew up in the restaurant business-his late father owned one in Ethiopia-he had no desire to have a restaurant when he came to the United States in 1991. He knew it would be hard work.
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” ~ Paulo Cohelo
After graduating from San José State University in 2000 with a degree in electrical engineering, Sahlu went to work for Compaq. Two-and-a-half years later, the HP takeover left him exploring his options.
Sahlu knew he wanted his own business and listened to friends and family members who told him an Ethiopian restaurant was the way to go. When he saw the current location, he like it and decided to lease it.
But, Sahlu gives all credit to his sister, Lomi, who is the chef in charge of the Ethiopian dishes, and whose loving efforts produce the wonderful food they present. That's why, although he himself works seven-day weeks, he decided in March that his sister deserves at least one day a week off..So, for now Ethiopian food isn't available on Tuesdays.
“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” ~ Stan Smith
Yes, for me it was a very nice homely atmosphere where I was enjoying the food and at the same time Sahlu sitting beside us telling about the food, about himself…and how things are similar culture-wise South Asia and so on….!
"It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." ~Author Unknown
I am going to go there again…n again…but my happiness about this experience had to come to my blog…! It was such an unusual thing that we were not rushed with bill …in fact we didn’t feel as if we were in a restaurant…the ambience is just authentic with Ethiopian art work…in short I was in love :D with everything.
"Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true." ~Robert Brault