Sunday, December 24, 2006

A Feast for a (Moroccan) King

So as you can see from the picture, the 2006 Balla Family Invasion continues. Welcome Andrew and Allyson! For Grammy and Grampy, a nice treat...both kids and all three grandkids together. As an added bonus, it's Andrew's birthday. I'll tell you how many years, but only in Mandarin...san shi qi nian. As the birthday boy, it was his choice, from an array of top notch ethnic dining spots that Desi and I presented.

Wisely (right Grammy?), he chose Taste of Morocco, a cool place in downtown Silver Spring (Sprung?). Here was the package meal we selected:

Soup (Harrira or Lentils)
Royal Salad (Cucumber Salad, Carrot Salad, Eggplant Salad, Rice Salad, Hummus)
Bastilla
Veggie Couscous
Lamb with Raisin and Almond
Chicken with Lemon and Olives
Moroccan Mint Tea
Moroccan Pastries
Fresh Fruit Basket

Needless to say, we will be munching on leftovers tonight!

And all of this was in a setting of Moroccan wall murals and pottery, comfy sofas and pillows, Moroccan music, and...a belly dancer! Try balancing a sword on your head and belly...

All in all, quite an experience, food and beyond.

~Steve

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