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Sorry, all you new Young & Hungry followers, I’ve been out all day today, learning how to be a blogger. It’s more goddamn complicated than you think. Well, than I thought. Anyway, the day-long silence is officially over.

I’m thinking ethnic eats are in order this weekend. It’s cold. It’s rainy. What could be better than some spicy kitfo, some smoky baba ghanouj or some ginger-laced gravy poured over warm homemade cheese? Okay, I’m hungry.

Here are three recommendations based on recent meals:

  • Zikrayet. This elegant Lebanese outlet in Alexandria puts a certain local institution to shame. The falafel may be over-fried, but everything else I sampled on the mezze menu (and I sampled widely) has been terrific, including the smokiest baba ghanouj I’ve had in a long time.
  • Abol. This charming downtown Silver Spring Ethiopian operation has quickly become a favorite. The joint’s vegetarian sampler has the sweetest yefasolia (carrots and string beans), which offers a much-needed counterpoint to Abol’s raw, fire-breathing kitko.
  • Indique. It’s too easy to take this Cleveland Park restaurant for granted. I was reminded of that fact recently over an amazing plate of mattar paneer, a simple preparation of peas and fresh cubed cheese smothered in a wonderfully aromatic, ginger-flecked gravy. It’s just too bad the weather won’t allow you to sit on Indique’s narrow strip of a patio overlooking Connecticut Avenue. It’s quite a scene.