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Greetings from Ethiopia!!!

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Each Monday, Tiffany posts a message that provides positive energy and tips for eating more mindfully. The purpose of the weekly message is to reinforce the ideas from the talks and classes that are a part of the Como Water Membership, and to further support those living the veg-centric lifestyle. To receive our Mindfulness Mondays posts, Become A Member today.

Proverbs from Ethiopia

Greetings from Addis Ababa! In honor of writing you all from one of my favorite countries, I thought I’d make today’s Mindfulness Mondays post Ethiopia-centric! Below are some of my fav loosely-food-connected Ethiopian proverbs (as well as a few photos!). I’ll be back in a couple of days with our next Como Water video! Enjoy :D.

Coffee and love taste best when hot.

Cactus is bitter only to him who tastes it.

Only the man who is not hungry says the coconut has a hard shell.

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A fool is thirsty in the midst of water.

A man who is too modest goes hungry.


Coffee is our bread.

Confiding a secret to an unworthy person is like carrying grain in a bag with a hole in it.

Eat when the meal is ready, speak when the time is ripe.


Even over cold pudding, the coward says: “It will burn my mouth.”

Fifty lemons are a load for one person, but for fifty persons they are perfume.

Pride is no substitute for a dinner.

The best of mankind is a farmer; the best food is fruit.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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