If you love to eat with your hands, but have grown bored with typical finger foods and ballpark fare, today's deal puts something tasty, spicy, and defiantly not on a stick in your yearning right hand. Today's Groupon to DC Metro Food Tours gives you the Little Ethiopia Tour for $33 (a $52 value with tax and processing fees). Tours meet outside the U Street Metro station on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you notify them in advance, the friendly folks at DC Metro Food Tours are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions, such as peanut allergies or an extreme preference for making faces into a highly reflective spoon.
The Little Ethiopia Tour is not an ordinary grub hopscotch tour with undesirably quick stops. Over the course of three- and-a-half hours, food-fiends will spend 20 to 25 minutes comfortably savoring specially designed dishes at four different restaurants. Guides say you might not need dinner after filling up on homemade injera, a large sourdough flatbread that acts as a tender edible glove for your right hand to shovel savory stews onto your anticipatory taste buds. This spongy, pancake-like bread is delicious on its own, and provides the perfect tang to complement spicy berbere sauces. You'll sample both meat and vegetarian dishes in a variety of sauces, as well as a traditional Ethiopian breakfast and sweet desserts.
When DC Metro's guides aren't stuffing you with deep-fried lentil appetizers and handmade cottage cheese, they're sharing bits of local history, culture, architectural lore, and their favorite quotes from Paula Poundstone's 1990 HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff. According to unofficial estimates, the DC area has the largest population of Ethiopians outside of the country itself, making this Groupon an authentic way to learn about the Ethiopian people and culture. On top of experiencing the versatile cuisine and rich cultural heritage of coffee's birthplace, you'll also get to participate in an authentic coffee ceremony, where the roasting coffee beans mingle with the heady aroma of frankincense, delighting your nose before delighting your mouth with the delightful brew.
Today's Groupon is an excellent gift for foodies, travelers at heart (and stomach), and foodie snobs who feel that Thai food has gotten too touristy in recent years.
- Our guide, Sarah, knew a lot about the city and neighborhood. We were surprised how much history was around us...we were stuffed! ...an easy-paced tour with great food. – parkerse, Zerve
- We loved it. The food was plentiful, diverse, and delicious and really connected us to the area and the restaurant owners and chefs. – sc5900, TripAdvisor
- The tour guides were awesome; very friendly, accomodating [sic], informative... and most of all they know their stuff - history, architecture designs, and food! The food was awesome! – Flashydiva, TripAdvisor
Appreciate the Little Places
After your tour through Little Ethiopia, you might consider visiting one of these other self-proclaimed "Little" locales:
Little Italy: Unlike its bigger boot-shaped counterpart, Little Italy is shaped like a child's size-four nylon winter boot with Dora The Explorer emblazoned on the side. Perfect for those intimidated by the imminent collapse of a full-sized Tower of Pisa, or people who only order spaghetti off the kid's menu.
Little Lilliput: Fabled destination made famous by Gulliver's Travels, Little Lilliput is actually a misleadingly named subdivision populated by people of average height, although they are rumored to speak extremely quietly.
Little China: Don't go there, it's Big Trouble.
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