Street Food Focus: Falafel

By admin | September 9, 2011

Photo: Robyn Lee

Photo: Robyn Lee

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

The falafel is a delicious Middle Eastern dish that is made from chickpeas or fava beans and a plethora of spices. It is a favorite among vegetarians who are looking to taste some deep fried goodness. The ingredients for the falafel are mixed together then deep-fried in balls or patties. Though it may not seem like every persons dream to eat a falafel, when topped with Tahini sauce or in a pita, the falafel is a thing of sheer perfection. Read More


Cultural Tuesdays with Debora Mordkowski: Sabich, An Iraqi-style Brunch Sandwich

By admin | September 14, 2010

We’ve all heard of the typical Middle Eastern spread: vegetable salads, taboule, hummus, and spicy dips. But, Iraqis use fried eggplant. And, that my friends, is a feast for the palate! So, next time you make brunch give your eggs a twist and turn them into Sabich, an Iraqi-style sandwich that makes for a hearty and exotic mid-day meal.

It all started one hot summer day in Tel Aviv, Israel many years ago. My friend Dana and I were at the beauty parlor doing our hair and makeup before her wedding later that evening. Between cuts and dries our stomachs started growling by lunchtime. Hungry, I glanced over at a falafel stand across the street, grabbed my wallet, and as I headed out Dana shouted: “Get us Sabich instead of falafel.” Read More


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