Every holiday comes with its own set of traditions, with many of them revolving around food. With the winter holidays now here, people are preparing to enjoy some of their favorite dishes with families and friends.
But why not mix it up with an international touch? Here are just a few options in town to get a worldly taste of the holidays with dishes traditionally served this time of year from around the globe.
Doro Wat from Enat Ethiopian Restaurant (Ethiopia)
4450 The Plaza Suite D
What’s in it: Traditional Ethiopian stew, slowly simmered in a blend of healthy robust spices, onions, berbere and spiced butter, fall-off-the-bone chicken drumsticks, and a soft-boiled egg.
Bonus: While this follows a traditional Doro Wat recipe, what truly sets Enat’s apart is the house-made spiced butter.
Rosca de Reyes from Las Delicias Bakery (Mexico)
4405 Central Ave.
Price: Three different sizes offered. Prices are still being determined. Small, $11-$13, serves four to eight people. Medium, around $20, serves six to 12 people. Large, $27, serves 12 to 24 people.
What’s in it: This is yeast cake with a strong orange flavor. It also is topped with a variety of dried and candied fruits.
Bonus: This cake is traditional served on Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2018. These cakes have yet to go on sale at Las Delicias Bakery, but you can go ahead and place an order. They are expected to be available for purchase around Jan. 2.
Potato Latkes from VBGB Beer Hall & Garden (Eastern Europe)
920 Hamilton St.
Price: Small: $3.25. Large: $6
What’s in it: Russet potatoes, eggs, and onions. Seasoned with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and onion powder. Served with a side of sour cream topped with green onions.
Bonus: Potato latkes are a mainstay of many Hanukkah celebrations. While they originated in eastern European countries, like Austria, Germany, Russia, and Poland, it was the European Jewish people that gave the potato pancakes their now-famous Yiddish name, latkes.
Feast of the Seven Fishes from Vivace (Italy)
1100 Metropolitan Ave. #100
What’s in it: The meal is laid out over five different courses and features seven different types of fish.
First course: Ahi Tuna Crudo with blood orange and fennel, Siano Burratta and White anchovy bruschetta, Smoked swordfish slider on a house made brioche, giardinera.
Second course: Fritto Misto with shrimp, skate and lemons.
Third course: Stuffed calamari braised in its ink, grilled polenta, Octopus Bolognese with fusilli.
Entrée: Sautéed Branzino filet with truffled celeriac puree, tuscan kalea and lobster butter.
Dessert: Zeppole with caramel, hazelnuts and chocolate.
Bonus: While this meal is traditionally served on Christmas Eve, Vivace will be offering it Dec. 21-24. Reservations are highly recommended.
Hallaca from Arepas Grill (Venezuela)
4740 Old Pineville Road
Price: $8 to $8.50
What’s in it: Beef, pork, or chicken, with onion, sweet peppers, raisins, olives, corn dough, and banana leaves to wrap it up.
Bonus: Arepas Grill is serving more than just hallaca on its holiday menu. They are also offering pan de jamon, a bread filled with ham, olives, and raisins, and a seasonal chicken salad.
Photos: Enat Ethiopian Restaurant, Las Delicias Bakery, Sean Clark-Weis, Vivace, Arepas Grill