This plate makes me happy. Meat, starch and vegetables in equal proportions. Nothing that looks like a side of brontosaurus. No puddles of gravy/grease/glop. You can eat it all and still have dessert. Why can't you order this? Why do American, sit-down restaurants insist that a meal consists of a pound of meat, french fries and two ounces of vegetables? I know they must be serving what people want, but it grosses me out.
Did I mention that most of my date nights involve Chipotle and Netflix?
Sumac is not gross at all - it's fabulous! Are you thinking of poison sumac? Same genus, different species. Sumac is a red berry which is dried and ground into a powdered spice that shows up in lots of different Middle Eastern foods. The flavor is similar to lemon, but milder and more savory. You can find it in any Middle Eastern market, or some larger grocery stores. It works when you need an acidic solid, as in this spice rub.