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September 12th, 2005

Falafel Snacks

So yesterday we went to a local market for the first time, as we’re getting our bearings in our new place. Like most, it had a lot of ethnic foods – but the most interesting one piqued our interest on the way out. It was an impulse buy, and it was a falafel-flavored wheat “party” snack. Really. Other flavors were onion, taco, pizza, smoky, and something else that isn’t important.

The best part of the snack? It had MSG. For real. MSG! Finally, falafel meets MSG.

But I digress. Upon opening the bag I was stunned that the snacks really did smell like falafel. Convincingly. I was a little scared of the party snacks, so my wife tried one first. She ate one of the tiny snacks and said, anticlimatically, “This tastes like falafel.” Then, I tried one. As you can see, I enjoyed them too. They really did taste like falafel.

So, I’d like to thank the Bissli people from Israel for making a crunchy party snack that tastes like falafel. And remember, when you’ve got falafel you don’t need a party to enjoy it. I’m Paul – take care.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday September 12, 2005 -- 9:00:17 am
I recall seeing a snack in the weird foreign bags of food section called "Fried Eggs." I never bought any because I was scared of the picture of little sad, pale looking fried eggy things. But, recently, when eating a real fried egg, I thought that if the snack in the bag tasted like the crispy part of the fried egg white, they might be pretty good. You could eat them with some Bac-O's and some Melba toast and convince yourself that you're eating breakfast, not just junkfood.

Not to get off topic, but I was in a 7-11 last night and saw OREO pies. It was a big oreo, like two inches in diameter floating on a pile of white stuff and surrounded by a mini pie shell. I nearly barfed just looking at it. I should have taken a picture of it. Has anyone seen these elsewhere?

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 12, 2005 -- 9:56:19 am
They sound like Moon Pies... were they similar? I haven't seen these Delicious-Sounding Oreo Pies.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 12, 2005 -- 12:15:45 pm
And, to stay on topic, falafel snacks sound delicious. I hope to have the pleasure of trying a bag someday.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday September 12, 2005 -- 1:51:29 pm
No, it wasn't a moonpie. It was a real Oreo (R), with the logo and the designs and everything, about two inches in diameter, but it looked like it was just one of the outer cookies placed on top of this thing instead of a top pastry. It looked like the whole combingation was a pastry pie shell about three inches in diameter, some goopy stuff (barely could see it oozing out over the edges of the Oreo, and then, the giant oreo itself--maybe it was more like three inches in diameter, since a regular Oreo is about 2" I guess. These were in a plexiglass case, each in waxed paper, that was it. They looked homemade.

If you want, and I'm totally serious, I'll buy one for you. Contact me off list and give me your address and I'll mail it. I'll email you at the ping with my email address.

Back on topic: I hope to try falafel chips, myself, someday.

FROM: snaily
DATE: Monday September 12, 2005 -- 3:58:41 pm
when i was i was in middle school my mom gave me these disgusting dried snap peas for my lunch. i was about to throw them out when someone screamed "ooooo i wanna taste one!" i tried to warn them, but they put one in their mouth and threw up all over the floor. those things were nasty!!! they tasted like stale styrofoam(i think)

FROM: Monica
DATE: Monday September 12, 2005 -- 5:06:56 pm
I've had hummus chips (good but not really worth the price for the small bag), but falafel? hmm. It's gotta be better than shrimp-flavored chips!

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday September 17, 2005 -- 3:15:07 pm
That's... scary.

I mean, falafel, way cool. Tiny snack food that tastes like seasoned and deep fried chick peas? Hmm. I guess it could work. Still sounds freaky. I would want to watch someone eat some first, then wait to make sure they do not fall over dead.

Has to be better than popcorn flavoured jelly bellys. Those are vile. At parties, I would dare people to eat one. Then I would offer to pay them to eat a second. I never had to pay anyone...

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