I fell in love at Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
(7537 N. Clark St.), but not with a date, or even a dish. The object of my affection was a traditional straw-basket table called a mesob. Mesobs consist of two pieces: a tall, inward-sloping base, and a lid you lift when you want to serve food on top or store something inside. They’re also wonderfully decorative, as they often come in colorful patterns.