Hey everyone, how were your weekends? I’m hoping yours were a bit sunnier than ours in Montreal. The whole weekend has been rain or threat of rain. At the moment, the rain doesn’t seem worth it, as the trees are nowhere near the green we’re all longing for at this point. The weekend was drearier than I hoped, but still many good things came out of it. I almost finished an editing project I’ve been working on, started a new writing project (or rather, starting researching for it), and got a run in.
More importantly, though, the husband returned this weekend! He got in around 1 a.m. on Friday night/Saturday morning. Wait, did I mention he was gone? Jordan was in D.C. for a week giving a workshop on some of his geo-stuff. He slept in late Saturday morning, had a cup of coffee, and then filled me in on some details with a good amount of enthusiasm. It’s safe to say he enjoyed his time at the workshop.
And finally, we joined some friends for a Sunday evening meal. In the words of my friend, “You’ve had a really Persian week this week!” It’s true, really. I met my friend earlier in the week for a tea at a cafe with a Persian twist, have been reading a book about life in Tehran, watched a movie based on an amazing book by a Persian author (I adored the book!), bought a Persian cookbook, and finally capped the week off by going out with our friends, Mahsa and Benham, to Byblos, a Persian cafe on the Plateau.
In particular, we went for Le Dizzy (or the Dizi, or Abgoosht) on the recommendation of our friends. Continuing with my week-long theme, we ordered a Shiraz to go along with our meal.
This dish actually contains two dishes in one–your soup and your sandwich. It’s served in the clay pot above, along with an empty bowl. The broth/soup is poured into the bowl, while the lamb, chickpeas, and beans (plus any other solids) are held in the pot. The server demonstrated the pouring technique for the newbies at the table, using my dish. I was relieved, since it seemed a bit tricky and I can be a bit clumsy now and again.
The soup itself is tasty and eaten with crunchy pita, but the real fun starts after the soup is finished. You get to take out all your built-up aggression on your meal by grinding the remainder of the food in your dizi pot into a purée. This is also the best part of the meal. The purée is then used to make sandwiches or be eaten with bread, a type of relish, and fresh herbs. All ingredients were good separately, but when you put the combination together, it’s really complex and interesting. I vote for the mint combo!
And don’t forget to finish the meal with tea and dates. Jordan tried to head out before the tea because he had to meet a friend, but our server
told him he had to stay persuaded him to stay for a quick tea. I had to giggle at this. Wish he listened to my pleas so easily!
For those in Montreal, I definitely recommend the dish and cafe for the food and ambiance. The service, well…thankfully it wasn’t the reason we went. For those of you outside of Montreal, if you have the opportunity to try the dish, I highly recommend it.
Did anyone do anything fun this weekend? Or do you have any plans for this fine week? We’ve got one more day of rain, but then a forecast of sun and 60s for three days in a row. Come on, leaves, grow!
Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Que tengan un buen día 🙂