Our last stop at Solay Bistro gave me my first ever taste of Somali cuisine. Run by Nadira Abdirahman, a woman who ran a health food store at Ohio State University, the restaurant serves a hybrid mix of Indian, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, and Italian flavors.
Somalia was once an Italian colony, and many dishes feature what the natives call a federation, a mix of rice and pasta dishes on the same plate. The flavors I experienced were very accessible and fragrant, similar to Indian, but not as hot.
Commonly used Somali spices include fenugreek, cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric which enlivened our tasty serving of sabayat bread with hummus, hilib ari (goat), Somali rice, and a deliciously creamy mango and date lassi.
"Now you see that going on our ethnic food tour is like having a rich travel experience without leaving the country," Woolf said at the end of our food adventures
For more information, phone 614-440-3177 or visit website columbusfoodadventures.com.