What are Ethiopian flavors?

Queen Sheba's Veggie ComboEthiopian cuisine has something for everyone. We rely heavily on vegetarian and vegan dishes. We also have fish, lamb, beef, and chicken. Some people say it is similar to Indian food but lighter. Some others feel it is more like Mexican food. Once you start eating Ethiopian food, you will find some commonalities with other styles.

Maybe you like spicy food. How spicy do you want it? Most of our dishes can be custom ordered to the level of spiciness you desire. Just tell us how spicy you want your dish when you order. The types of spices we use make our cuisine different from other styles too. We have different types of herbs and spices for different dishes. They help create unique and satisfying flavors. That helps set Ethiopian food apart from other ethnicities. The vegetables have different flavoring. The beef has different flavoring, the chicken has different flavoring, the lamb has different flavoring, the fish has different flavoring.

The way we cook the food makes it different from other Sacramento restaurants. We put more love and pride in our cooking compared to other restaurants in Sacramento. You can really tell that someone cared, and cared a great deal, when preparing your dish. Folks like what we do and how we prepare their meals. We have been doing this in Sacramento for nine years. The restaurant business is tough. We have been successful for a long time, thanks to our loyal, supporting customers.

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“The food is insanely flavorful” at Queen Sheba’s

5 stars for service at Queen Sheba's

5 stars for service at Queen Sheba’s

Wow what a lovely experience. the food was insanely delicious despite my skepticism. My digestive system is very intimidated and reacts poorly to these sort of dishes which negatively affects my experimentation with new foods. however the day i visited i was so hungry i was about to faint (im being dramatic). my companion and i ordered a few drinks. i really liked the light beer and loved their coffee so much i ended up ordering 3 cups overall. the food was amazing. i wish i can mention exactly what i ate but i cant find a menu online to look up the names of the dishes but it was one of the combo plates. the combo consisted of lamb (so freaking good), a spinach dish (never knew spinach could taste so good), a chicken dish (it was okay) and i forgot the other one. the food is insanely flavorful and so so good. i was grunting with enthusiasm and my companion was a little concerned, but it was so worth it.  typically after a meal of this sort, there is a nuclear war happening in my stomach and i curl up in pain and regret everything i inhaled, but not with this dish. i have had Ethiopian food before and experienced the nuclear war, but not with this restaurant. there is a bit of a wait, but its nice since it forced us to relax and enjoy it. i will be back.

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Who was Queen Sheba?

Queen Sheba was very important in Ethiopian history

Queen Sheba was very important in Ethiopian history

The Queen of Sheba was a monarch of the ancient kingdom of Sheba and is referred to in Yemenite and Ethiopian history, the Bible, the Qur’an, Yoruba customary tradition, and Josephus. She is widely assumed to have been a queen regnant, but, since there is no historical proof of this, she may have been a queen consort. The location of her kingdom is uncertain. Wallis Budge believes it to be Ethiopia while Islamic tradition says Yemen. More modern scholarship suggests it was the South Arabian kingdom of Saba.

The queen of Sheba has been called a variety of names by different peoples in different times. To King Solomon of Israel she was the Queen of Sheba. In Islamic tradition she was called Bilqis, Balqis, Balquis, or Bilqays by the Arabs, who say she came from the city of Sheba, also called Mareb, in Yemen or Arabia Felix. The Roman historian Josephus calls her Nicaule. The Luhya of Kenya call her Nakuti, while the Ethiopian people claim her as Makeda. She is said to have been born some time in the 10th century BC. Traditionally her lineage was part of the Ethiopian dynasty established in 1370 BC by Za Besi Angabo, which lasted 350 years; her grandfather and father were the last two rulers of this dynasty. According to the Kebra Negast, her mother was known as Queen Ismeni, and in 1005 BC, Makeda’s father appointed her as his successor from his deathbed.

In the Ethiopian Book of Aksum, she is described as establishing a new capital city at Azeba, while the Kebra Negast refers to her building a capital at Debra Makeda, or “Mount Makeda”.

In the Hebrew Bible, a tradition of the progenitors of nations is preserved in Genesis 10. In Genesis 10:7 there is a reference to Sheba, the son of Raamah, the son of Cush, the son of Ham, son of Noah. In Genesis 10:26-29 there is a reference to another person named Sheba, listed along with Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Ophir, Havilah and Jobab as the descendants of Joktan, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Arphaxad, the descendant of Shem, another son of Noah.

Aharoni, Avi-Yonah, Rainey and Safrai placed the Semitic Sheba in Southern Arabia in geographic proximity to the location of the tribes descended from their ancestor, Joktan. In addition to Sheba, Hazarmaveth and Ophir were identified. Semitic Havilah was located in Eastern Africa, modern day Ethiopia. Semitic Havilah (Beresh’t 10:29) is to be distinguished from Cushite Havilah (Beresh’t 10:7), the descendant of Cush, descendant of Ham; both locations for Havilah are thought by these scholars to have been located in present day Ethiopia.

According to the Hebrew Bible, the unnamed queen of the land of Sheba heard of the great wisdom of King Solomon of Israel and journeyed there with gifts of spices, gold, precious stones and beautiful wood and to test him with questions, as recorded in First Kings 10:1-13 (largely copied in 2 Chronicles 9:1–12).

It is related further that the queen was awed by Solomon’s great wisdom and wealth and pronounced a blessing on Solomon’s God. Solomon reciprocated with gifts and “everything she desired.” Solomon offered to give her everything she desired and asked for “besides what he had given her out of his royal bounty.” Then, according to the Bible, “she turned and went to her country, she and her servants.” The queen apparently was quite rich, however, as she brought four and a half tons of gold with her to give to Solomon (1 Kings 10:10).

In the biblical passages referring explicitly to the Queen of Sheba, there are no hints of love or sexual attraction between her and Solomon. The two are depicted merely as fellow monarchs engaged in the affairs of state.

This is an excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Sheba

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Yelp reviewer cannot praise Queen Sheba’s enough

Veggie-buffetI cannot praise Queen Sheba enough! When I lived out of town for years, I would come back just to eat here. The food portions are huge, perfectly seasoned and so damn delicious. The service is quick, the food is wonderful and it leaves you coming back for more and more. My favorite item on the plate is always the greens. Get a combo and split with someone!

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Eat like an athlete

Eat like an athlete. This will help you get through your day, be it work or play.

Eat like an athlete. This will help you get through your day, be it work or play.

For entrepreneurs, eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger. So say the growing ranks of nutrition experts who specialize in fine-tuning the metabolic performance of business leaders. “You’re like an athlete in the workplace,” says Richard Chaifetz, CEO of ComPsych, a Chicago-based provider of corporate wellness and employee-assistance programs. “So you should eat like an athlete.”

At the very least, that means lots of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and complex carbohydrates; no processed foods; and minimal white flour and sugar. But when you spend all day confronting challenging mental tasks, the brain’s nutritional demands are greater.

For example, have you ever worked so hard that it felt as though your brain were on fire? It sort of was, says Patti Milligan, director of nutrition at Tignum, a consultancy that helps businesses boost employee performance through holistic wellness programs. “You produce lots of oxidants in the brain when you’re working,” she says. “Foods that are high in antioxidants–berries, beans, apples, tea–act like flame retardants.”

And don’t forget water. “The brain is 70 to 80 percent water,” Milligan says. “When it’s metabolically active 10 to 12 hours a day, removing metabolic waste from the brain requires optimal hydration.” She suggests “super-hydrating” with two cups at the beginning of the day and avoiding “dehydrators,” like processed sugary foods, high doses of caffeine, and soda. And watch out for “brain fog,” which can be evidence that you need to hydrate.

Speaking of caffeine, “coffee depletes serotonin, which contributes to a sense of well-being,” says Barbara Mendez, a New York City nutrition consultant who works with many business clients. “If you have it on an empty stomach, that quick delivery to the bloodstream leads to more anxiety and stress.” So save the coffee for midafternoon, when your hormonal and neural connections often need the boost.

If you do just one thing, cut out fatty foods. Andrew DiMichele, chief technical officer of Omada Health, an online diabetes-prevention program, gave up fries and chips at lunch and found an almost immediate boost in productivity. “A couple of weeks ago, I let this slide, and it was a stark reminder,” DiMichele says. “Not only was I sleepy and un-attentive all afternoon, but I was in a miserable mood.”

Science bears this out. According to a Cambridge University study, after five days on a high-fat diet, the treadmill performance of lab rats declined by half. Moreover, the rats eating fatty chow began to falter on a maze test they had been trained on–finding only five treats before making a mistake. The healthier rats were able to find six or more treats. And as any entrepreneur knows, it’s all about finding the treats.

Brain Food:

Drink Water

A 2011 study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that even mild dehydration in men reduced vigilance and memory and increased tension, anxiety, and fatigue.

Put Down The French Fry

A 2009 Cambridge University study found that high-fat diets made laboratory rats not just slower but dumber.

Sugar = Bad

A recent UCLA study found that a diet high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning. Omega-3 fatty acids–found in salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed–can counteract the disruption.

From http://www.inc.com/magazine/201307/adam-bluestein/the-best-foods-for-leaders-to-eathtml.html

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Joyce’s Yelp review: the service was 5 stars

5 stars for service, at Queen Sheba’s

We were looking for a vegan restaurant and this happened to be within top for Sacramento.

Location: It’s not too hard to find it’s close to the HK Chinese Restaurant. Street parking might be a pain, depending on the time that you go.

5 stars for service at Queen Sheba's

5 stars for service at Queen Sheba’s

The food was okay 3 stars. We ordered combo platter #3 and changed it to beef tibbits instead.  I liked the vegan options on the platter more than the meat because the beef and chicken was a bit too dry for my taste.  It comes with soft sour dough rolls to wrap our food in (which I don’t really fancy).  You can ask for utensils, previous reviews says it’s totally hands on, which is untrue.  But, it’s a new-fun experience if you do!  I enjoyed my friend’s plate #8 a lot more, she had her beef cooked medium-rare.  It was delicious over rice.  Also, I did not enjoy the honey wine, it was too strong for my taste.  I enjoyed my friends freshly made mango smoothie a lot better.

The service was 5 stars!  The owner/waitress was extremely helpful and nice. Our party took an hour to arrive and she checked up on us a good amount and never once rushed us.  She was all smiles.  If I’m coming back it would definitely be because of her and to try the vegan lunch buffet.

If you check in you get two free baklava per table and if you sign up for email, you would get 10% off your tab, which we forgot.

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Fun Ethiopia trivia at Queen Sheba’s

Here are some Ethiopian facts from Wikipedia you can use to impress your friends:Queen Sheba's is your resource for Ethiopian culture and cuisine

  1. Ethiopia is one of the oldest locations of human life known to scientists. It is widely considered the region from which Homo sapiens first set out for the Middle East and points beyond.
  2. Ethiopia is older than Egypt. They have the pyramids. We have tradition.
  3. When Moses parted the Red Sea, it separated Ethiopia and Egypt.
  4. Eritrea used to be part of Ethiopia. They won independence in 1991.
  5. Ethiopia is the only African nation that was never colonized. England, Italy and others have colonized some of our neighbors. Ethiopia has never been colonized. This is part of the reason our culture and traditions have endured for centuries.
  6. Ethiopia is 60% Christian and 40% Muslim.
  7. The Ethiopian calendar has 13 months. The first 12 months have 30 days and the last month has only five days.
  8. Ethiopia has 91 million residents.
  9. Ethiopia has the largest economy by GDP in East Africa and Central Africa.
  10. King Solomon invited the Queen of Sheba to a banquet, serving spicy food to induce her thirst, and inviting her to stay in his palace overnight. The Queen asked him to swear that he would not take her by force. He accepted upon the condition that she, in turn, would not take anything from his house by force. The Queen assured that she would not, slightly offended by the implication that she, a rich and powerful monarch, would engage in stealing. However, as she woke up in the middle of the night, she was very thirsty. Just as she reached for a jar of water placed close to her bed, King Solomon appeared, warning her that she was breaking her oath, water being the most valuable of all material possessions. Thus, while quenching her thirst, she set the king free from his promise and they spent the night together. Their son was named Menelik I, who became the first Emperor of Ethiopia.

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Yelp reviewer gives Queen Sheba’s 5 stars, three times

Yelp reviewer awards 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 starts

Jason B has written 152 reviews at Yelp, It it fair to say…he must dine out a lot. He has to know his stuff. Jason loves Queen Sheba and has visited at least three times.

Jason gave us 5 stars on August 17, 2014

5 star reviews at Queen Sheba's

5 star reviews at Queen Sheba’s

Back in town for business so I came here again. I ordered the combo platter for one. It was amazing. As usual, great service and great food. Will come back again on my next visit

Jason gave us 5 stars on May 5, 2014

Came to town for business and decided to visit this place again. Again great service and yummy food. Thanks

Jason gave us 5 stars on September 25, 2013

Visited Sacramento for the weekend and decided to try this place out. Food was great and service great. One thing that I will tell you if you haven’t have Ethiopian food is that you eat with your hands. No fork or spoon. But it’s ok. Food is great and price is very reasonable.

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Queen Shebas has new desktop and mobile websites

Queen Sheba’s restaurant, today announced the new desktop and mobile websites for http://Queenshebas.com. “We’ve been writing content for months. We are proud to display Ethiopian culture alongside Ethiopian cuisine,” said Mark Anthony Germanos of http://Yourseowizard.com. “Visitors will understand the legend of Queen Sheba, major events in Ethiopian history and the richness of Ethiopian culture. We even have a trivia page for guests to enjoy while their food is being prepared,” said Zion Taddese, orner of http://Queenshebas.com. “It is a great step forward for a Sacramento-area woman-owned business.”

In addition to the culture, the website lists menu items that are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Patrons are looking for gluten-free restaurants but are find them very scarce. Queen Sheba’s can prepare a gluten-free meal if you request it when ordering. Those requesting gluten-free enjeera should call ahead to make sure kitchen staff has the correct ingredients on hand.

Websites have to work on desktops and mobile browsers. Business owners must have a mobile-friendly website that showcases their business in a positive light. People searching for a restaurant on their smartphones are more likely to be hungry and in the car. They are more likely to find a restaurant that sounds appealing, get directions and go.

“SEO, or search engine optimization, is the act of publishing content that helps your ideal customer find you,” says Germanos. “She is looking for someone who does what you do, but does not know you exist. If you do your SEO right, she will find you. If not, she will find someone else.”


Inbound marketing certified by @Hubspot, Mark Anthony Germanos uses the Internet to help your ideal customers find you. He is Social Media Director at YourSEOWizard.com, a Sacramento inbound marketing solution provider. With 20-plus years in the technology field, Germanos has seen multiple changes and has kept abreast of changes both for his prosperity and for the prosperity of his customers. YourSEOWizard.com is available at 916-752-6767 and at http://yourseowizard.com/social-media-starter-small-business/.

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94% approval rating at UrbanSpoon

Queen Sheba’s has a 94% approval rating

“So?” you may say. “94% is not worth bragging about. On the contrary, I think it is. Sacramento has hundreds of restaurants and even more if you count the nearby towns. Diners can be pretty picky when they have so many options. They go to UrbanSpoon and share their insights.

Here is a review from March 10, 2014

Yum, yum, 94% approval rating at Urbanspoon

Long-time vegans know how vegan-friendly Ethiopian cuisine can be. Here in Sacramento, we’re fortunate to have Queen Sheba on Broadway providing delicious Ethiopian vegan options.

I stopped by for dinner over the weekend and ordered the Tofu Tibbs, a flavorful mixture of tofu, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper, and onions in a turmeric, garlic, and ginger sauce, served atop a large, spongy piece of sour flatbread called injera. Since no silverware is used, a basket of rolled injera pieces is served with the meal and used to pick up the food in place of eating utensils. The same tofu and vegetable combination is also available with traditional Berbere spices in a dish called Awazie Tofu Tibbs.

There are several other vegan dishes on the menu at Queen Sheba. If you have trouble deciding among all the choices, you may want to stop by Monday through Friday for the buffet lunch instead, which is all vegetarian and vegan.

Queen Sheba is located at 1704 Broadway, and the phone number is 916-446-1223. Their website address is http://www.queenshebas.com/index.html, and their Facebook page can be found athttps://www.facebook.com/QueenShebaSac. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9:00 p.m. The vegetarian/vegan lunch buffet is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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