I've been visiting our Ethiopian restaurants over the last several months and last Friday I had my second visit to Blue Nile. The Doro Wat I had here on my first visit was excellent and they do the best injera, thin, spongy, and diaphanous, but I was a little disappointed in the vegetable combo. The Timatim Fitfit was fine and the Gomen and Shiro Wot were very tasty, interesting because those have been the ones I liked the least at other places, but otherwise everything seemed very bland.
I was running a bunch of errands on Saturday and stopped off at El Punto Criollo, a Venezuelan cart, for a quick bite. I knew they did very good empanadas here but I tried the Patacones this time, the Venezuelan sandwich that substitutes mashed, fried plantain for bread. The carne mechada was perhaps the best I've had at our limited number of Venezuelan places but the plantains had soaked up a lot of grease and this was really heavy. Still, quite a bargain for just a buck. I neglected to get the name of the cheese and they didn't offer and I didn't remember to ask for the guasaca, which would have helped.
They were advertising their hallacas in the window so I picked one up for later and steamed it the next day. This is the first time I've been able to get one of these - they're available for such a short time - and it was very good. Beef, chicken and pork, green olives, capers and raisins. I went back the next day and got several more for the freezer.