Melinda Johnson is the author of Letters to Saint Lydia and The Other Side of the Bonfire, and an avid supporter of the Orthodox writing community. Melinda earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with minors in Education and Journalism, from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Arts in English Literature from The College of William and Mary. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
We Orthodox become “vegetarian” at regular intervals all year long, so it might not be surprising that Addis Ababa in Ethiopia was just named the most “vegetarian friendly” capital in Africa!
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The most vegetarian-friendly capital in Africa
by SUSAN WONG
Ethiopia, the land of extraordinary and breathtaking landscapes, has long been famous, even without Bob Geldof’s help. Dating back more than 3,000 years, Abyssinia and its stories of Queen of Sheba, and deeply rooted religious beliefs have had a resounding and lasting influence on Ethiopia’s rich culture, traditions and history.
With the greatest water reserves in Africa, known as the “Water Tower of Africa,” Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is one of the world’s highest capitals at 2,300 meters above sea level. A cosmopolitan metropolis, reaping the rewards from foreign investments and growing local enterprises, Addis Ababa is home to a dynamic restaurant industry, where the flavours of the world are well represented including some of the best vegetarian cuisine that farm-fresh organic produce can make.
Heavily influenced by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Ethiopia’s culinary traditions have transformed a diet of characteristically spicy and meaty dishes into one that’s also friendly for vegetarians. According to the 2007 national census, nearly 60% of Ethiopia’s population are Orthodox Christians, where fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, aside from the Lenten season are mandatory. Even on non-fasting days, majority of restaurants will have some delicious vegetarian options, as many as 15 different dishes!
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