Posts tagged ‘falafel’

July 20, 2015

Arabian Knife Food Truck, South Miami/Sweetwater

by jem614

I like the “dive-y” feel of food trucks, it doesn’t matter how clean or presentable they look, it just reminds me of cookouts and family time.  Some people are over the whole trend but I think they are still relevant.  Especially when you stop at the restaurant you looked up online (Spice ‘N Curry Indian Restaurant), wake your toddler up from the back seat and carry him in, only to realize that the restaurant part of the store closes at 4pm.  4pm?  On a Friday?  What restaurant closes that early?

Needless to say, I was starving, I had a cranky toddler in the back and I was an hour and a half into a trip that should have taken 30 minutes in light traffic.

Just passing FIU, going south on 107th, I saw a food truck out of the corner of my eye.  Thank goodness!  It was middle-eastern and my taste buds were screaming.

I can always find vegetarian options at middle eastern/Arabic restaurants because there are so many choices like Tabbouleh or Babaghanoush or hummus, falafel, etc.  I ordered the usual falafel wrap and waited about 10 minutes (there was no line in front of me) so I was little apprehensive about how it would taste.  I also asked for baklava so the cookie would be satisfied till I got him some nuggets because they didn’t have anything for him- the menu is a little short as most food trucks are.

One falafel wrap and two small bakalava’s was about $11. It was worth it though, that pita had tons of little falafel balls, a nice lemony taste, pickles (I love pickles on my falafel wraps) and just the right amount of dressing.  The cookie even had a few bites of the falafel and asked for more – he never tries anything new.

If you live near FIU or find yourself wandering the back streets of west Miami, check them out: Arabian Knife Facebook

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October 7, 2011

A twist from your regular vegan patty – the Sunshine Patty Falafel Burger

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I have a confession to make: I’ve been working two jobs and I’m just tired. I haven’t had time to cook anything and have been living out of my freezer for the past two weeks. I don’t know whether to blame it on the economy or just plain bad luck (have had lots of car troubles), but my life has been really hectic lately. So this week I’m afraid I just didn’t have the energy to come up with a new recipe for you, and for that I’m really sorry! However, I do have some good news. The girls from Spork Foods have contacted us with a few sample recipes to try from their new cookbook, Spork-Fed, which went on sale last week. We will be posting our review of the recipes very soon for you to enjoy. For now, I hope you enjoy the below product review and please feel free to e-mail us any review requests! vegontherun@ymail.com

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I am on a quest to find the holy grail of veggie burgers. I’ve tried so many varieties, but they are always just a little too flat in flavor, lacking the necessary “umph” to make them enjoyable. Jessica and I went out a while ago to buy several varieties of veggie burgers to compare, this Sunshine Patty Falafel being one that we chose. It sounded unique, which is the main reason we chose it – not to mention both Jessica and I love falafel.

It is easy to make, spray some non-stick spray in a pan and let it crisp up. Add your favorite vegan cheese (Galaxy being my favorite brand for sliced cheese) and bread, my choice was an English muffin. There are so many other things you could do with this patty, though. Mix it into recipes, wrap it in lettuce for a low carb snack, put it on top of a Mediterranean salad…the combinations are endless.

I have to say I wasn’t blown away, but Sunshine Patty has a lot of potential with it’s unique flavors. Certainly one of the better vegan patties I’ve tasted in a while. The calories are also a little high, at 230 calories per patty and 11g of fat.
Visit their website for a falafel sauce recipe that might make it just a bit tastier: http://www.sunshineburger.com/products/falafel-veggie-burger/

June 8, 2011

Falafel Gone Wrong

by jem614

by Jessica Michael

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In my quest for bigger and better, I mistakenly thought I could add onions and corn to my falafels.  What I ended up with is a pot of mush.
More in the morning…..

It’s morning.  I left this disgusting mush on the stove last night after cooking because I just didn’t have the energy to throw it away.  I ended up double bagging it and tossing in the trash.  On a happier note, my husband’s meatballs and spaghetti came out fantastic (I didn’t eat it because it was real meat).

Has anyone else had this experience with boxed Falafel mix?  It may just be me and my inexperience but these did not fair well at all.  I hated to even fry them in oil so maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get to eat much of it.  I did manage to salvage three tiny balls which I put in a thin pita with some Greek yogurt spread that mimics tzatziki sauce.  That didn’t work out well either because the falafel balls were so soaked in oil that I ended up eating mostly just the bread and throwing the rest away.  What a waste.  I do recommend trying this in the oven and maybe reading the directions better.

I’m not sure what to give this store-bought falafel mix as I didn’t wait the 15 minutes it suggested to let the water soak in (could that really have been the trick?) and I fried them instead of baked them.  I would say two carrots for ease and leave how they taste for a later date and time.

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