The Story Of The Ethiopian Diaspora, In Cake

In the following report aired on WAMU, Dereje Desta explains why pastry shops and Cafés are part of the Ethiopian Diaspora lifestyle. (Photo credit: Andrea Wenzel)

By Dereje Desta

September 28, 2012

In the D.C. area, many restaurants offer immigrants a taste of home, but as communities adapt to new countries, so do their palates. At one Ethiopian cafe in Northern Virginia, that dynamic is playing out every day.

You can almost see the Pentagon from Dama Café in Arlington, Va., but when you walk inside around lunchtime, you could be in a café in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s crowded, and Ethiopians sit around small tables talking and enjoying a taste of home.

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