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January 28th, 2001

A Good Falafel is Hard to Find

My name is Paul, and I enjoy falafel.

I first had falafel a good six or seven years ago. My boss introduced me to this great food along with fresh hummus, which is also worth noting. I had the tasty treat several times afterwards, but it’s been a good number of years since I had some… and definitely not in recent memory.

Falafel is basically a chic-pea based food that closely resembles a veggie burger in spirit, but doesn’t aim to replace meat. They’re usually small patties, maybe 3" in diameter, served in a pita with cucumbers and cucumber sauce. The downside, and it’s a very big downside, is that it’s deep-fried. Though I’m quite sure that when you buy falafel mix in the store, frying may/not be involved.

A few months back I found a Middle Eastern "fast food" place somewhat near my place. I told myself I’d stop in, especially due to the promise of "FALAFEL – HUMMUS" on the sign out front. On Friday I finally had a chance to pick up some dinner there and, let me tell you, it was delicious. I haven’t figured out why this food isn’t more popular; I liked it even when I ate more meat.

Give it a try. It’s also fun to spell. -pm

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday January 28, 2001 -- 1:09:40AM
They have tasty Fallafel here at college, actually it is mighty tasty. In other news there is a get well card that I saw at walmart that says Fallafel? well I hope this cheers you up.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday January 28, 2001 -- 1:19:25AM
Wow -- that card would be good to give to the waiter that serves you falafel...

FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday January 28, 2001 -- 9:38:33AM
Remember in that comic Big Nate when the baseball team was sponsored by Joe's Falafel?

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday January 28, 2001 -- 11:50:52AM
Haha Big Nate was one of the few comics I used to read. Oh yeah, that and Apartment 3G.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 1:39:41PM
Those who want to attempt to make Falafel at home can give it a shot thanks to Fantastic Foods. They have a good falafal mix (made with organic chickpeas!) and a recipe that's easy to follow. I found it in Giant, but they also have it at WholeFoods and other similarly large natural food stores. Fantastic also makes some good specialty rice and instant veggie soups.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday February 20, 2001 -- 6:04:50PM
Their taco filling mix is also noteworthy; it tasted better to me than having veggie crumbles with a Lawry's mix.

FROM: Mike
DATE: Monday April 23, 2001 -- 8:46:42PM
I love the Fantastic Foods Falafel. I make it in patties and "fry" fat free in a non stick skillet. You need to add a little more water than they recommend to do it this way, but it works great!
Also, their Nature's Sausage is really good, and the Nature's Burger!

DATE: Saturday May 26, 2001 -- 9:52:55PM
I grew up in a household of 9 kids and fallafel was all we ate, its fast and convient. Its also they "BEST" over the years i ve developed my own recipe, its more amazing than ever. If u want a copy of my recipe email me and I would love to send a copy of my recipe.

FROM: Rudolf
DATE: Sunday May 25, 2003 -- 4:01:25 pm
I have been surfing the net for a good falafel recipe. Can anybody give me a basic recipe. I like to experiment my own flavours as well. Thanks in advance.

Best regards, Rudolf

FROM: Mary
DATE: Thursday January 15, 2004 -- 8:25:35 am

If anyone is still interested that is where I found the traditional basic Palestinian recipe. Enjoy the taste! Of course falafel needs the appropriate dip (with sesame paste, etc)

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:07:27 pm

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