In Collierville, TN, which is just a few miles from my home, there used to be a really nice Chinese restaurant that I liked a lot. I ate there often, until the business closed after they lost their lease. Shortly after that, some sort of shake and sandwich place opened there. I went in one time, took one look at the prices and turned and walked out. It went out of business, too.
This afternoon, I drove by there and there's a new restaurant there: The Blue Nile: Ethiopian Cuisine.
For some reason, all I could think of was the starved, skeletal, swollen-bellied, fly-ridden children you see in those Feed The Children ads...
So I checked out Ethiopian Cuisine on Wikipedia to see what they had to say about it... It didn't help much...
And when I saw the attached picture... well, would you pay good money to eat that...? Eeeep!
Two of the most enjoyable meals I ever had were eating Irish Lamb Stew at an Irish Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia 20-something years ago... and a meal I had an Indian restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut about 15 years ago...
What kinds of ethnic/world cuisines do you enjoy? Do you ever try to replicate the recipes in your own home?