My first taste of a falafel was way back in the day! Growing up in the San Fernando Valley (an area of Los Angeles) my friends and I would take a drive “over the hill” to Westwood on Friday or Saturday night. The reason we loved spending a weekend night there was because the main street was lined with restaurants and the street was closed to traffic. Pedestrians only! Great eateries along the way… small and large, fancy or rustic. Each one giving us a sample of what makes that area a melting pot of people and cuisines.
We’d always pass by one spot specializing in Mediterranean food. Tempted to try a falafel, my best friends and I went for it! Not sure what we’d think, we decided to share one! Hooked ever since, it’s now a favorite! Just a few ingredients needed, all easy to find. A deep fried ball of ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans) a falafel can be eaten as a snack or appetizer. Some have it as a light meal in pita bread.
Or all wrapped up in a flatbread (or “lafa”) add some lettuce, cucumber and tomato! With a little drizzle of tahini dressing, you’ll be as happy as I was on the streets of Westwood. To give it a little more authenticity, spread Kyle’s Baba Ganoush on the bread or use it as a dip. With or without pita or “lafa”, I bet the combination of flavors will send your tastebuds soaring.
P.S. I don’t share my falafel anymore!
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