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Bringing Up Baba Ghanouj

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ETHIOPIAN

Ethio Market, 1617 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, 602-286-0766.

This sparsely stocked storefront brings a little bit of Addis Ababa to the desert Southwest. There's almost nothing on the shelves except little bags of beef jerky and Ethiopian spices: cardamom, ginger, garlic, red-pepper awaze and the blend used to prepare alicha dishes. You can also take home injera, the country's signature bread that Ethiopians use instead of cutlery to scoop up food. It's spongelike, and slightly sour, and looks like what you'd get if you mated a tortilla with a crepe. If you wish, the pleasant owner will whip up a traditional wat (stew) so you can have something to scoop up with it. Native garb and crafts will also catch your eye.

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