My student brought me homemade Ethiopian food ❤️
Every now and then I like to share personal stories that show how cool of a place MoCo truly is.
Montgomery County is home to four of the top 10 culturally diverse areas in the United States (according to WalletHub). 138 different languages are spoken in our public schools, 45% of businesses are minority-owned, 40% of residents speak a language other than English, and 1/3 of our residents are foreign born (including my parents).
“It’ll take another 30 years for America to catch up to Montgomery County’s diversity.” – The New York Times
In other words, diversity is our strong suit.
When I told my student that I have yet to try Ethiopian food, he was shocked. I jokingly asked him if he’d bring some in and his response was “I got you.” The next day…he brought it.
I enjoyed an amazing lunch that consisted of fresh injera and shiro. Injera is a sourdough-risen flatbread with a slightly spongy texture, traditionally made out of teff flour– the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Shiro is a stew, sauce, or dip with a chickpea flour blend as the primary ingredient and a mixture of sautéed garlic, onion, and water.
The food was awesome and the gesture was even better. Just another reason why Montgomery County is an amazing place to live.