Super falafel – Sunrise Deli

Super falafel - Sunrise Deli
Falafel with hummus, eggplant, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled cabbage. Served in lavash wrap. $8
Sunrise Deli, San Francisco CA

This falafel wrap was definitely not very “super” in my book. The falafel themselves were ok, but the whole wrap was super dry and boring. There was way more wrap than filling, and even the filling seemed somehow dry even with the hummus. They needed some tzatziki or have the eggplant mixture more juicy. I was not a fan.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Construction the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Lamb meatballs with gravy

Lamb meatballs with gravy
Served with hummus and white rice.
Sitges ES

Mmm, I love lamb meatballs. And these were covered in a yummy gravy, score! The meatballs were tender and super flavorful, and the gravy tasted great with the rice and even the hummus.

Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla

Church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla. This is the most prominent building along the Sitges waterfront and I think it’s quite beautiful!

Falafel sandwich – L’As du Fallafel

Falafel sandwich - L'As du Fallafel
Pita stuffed with chickpea fritters, hummus, lightly pickled red cabbage, salted cucumbers, fried eggplant, tahini, harissa. 5,50€
L’As du Fallafel, Paris FR

This place is a MUST visit when in Paris! It’s supposedly the best falafel in the city and some would argue the best in most of Europe. Those are some strong words that I’ve read on other sites, lol! I will say that this falafel was absolutely delicious. I didn’t try another falafel in Paris for comparison, but that didn’t take away from the enjoyment I felt from eating this one or how tasty it was.

L’As du Fallafel sits on the Rue des Rosiers which was relatively near our hotel. It’s a really cool section of the Marais that boasts an unexpected Jewish neighborhood complete with synagogues, kosher butchers and bakeries. It’s quite surprising to first walk into the area and feel completely transported to another city. It’s somehow starkly delineated from the surrounding neighborhood by the people, stores, and general vibe – quite exciting actually.

There’s always a line for this place because everyone seems to know about it, but it goes fairly quickly. A guy works the line and gets your order and payment before giving you a “claim check” for your order to turn in at the window. I feel bad, but we were standing in line talking when this random guy came up and started asking us something that we couldn’t understand. I mistook him for some street person trying to sell us something so I think I responded in a rudish kinda way. I immediately realized my error and apologized for not being about to speak French, lol! I’m such a dork!

We both ordered our falafels “hot” so they came with extra harissa. These “sandwiches” were HUGE! We didn’t want to sit in what limited indoor seating they offered so we just found a curb nearby and sat with everyone else. I think it took me 15 minutes or so to eats this monster! And it messy and fun! I would take little nibbles and immediately reach for napkins to wipe off my saucy mouth. The tahini-based sauce and harissa are a killer combination. Besides the perfectly cooked falafel, the eggplants were one of my favorite components. NOMS!

I think I’ll always remember that simple meal, sitting on the dirty curb alongside other tourists, watching people pass by while trying to fend off a throng of expert pigeons, and reveling in our communal enjoyment of a special piece of Paris.

View of Notre Dame Cathedral
View of Notre Dame Cathedral from Pont de la Tournelle bridge.

Tuna dip and chips – State Bird Provisions

Tuna dip and chips - State Bird Provisions
Garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato, capers, potato chips.
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

Dining at State Bird is kind of a trip because I sometimes expect the hipsters pushing the food carts around to yell at me in Cantonese or Mandarin. Instead, they kindly explain every dish and patiently wait to hear if you’d like any. What a trip, lol!

Mencia wine - State Bird Provisions

Mencia, D. Ventura, Vina do Burato, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2011. $10

Lilac hibiscus flowers
Lilac hibiscus flowers (Alyogyne huegelii ‘Swan River’, Malvaceae), Castro Street.

Chickpeas with smoke octopus – Staple & Fancy

Chickpeas with smoke octopus - Staple & Fancy
Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

I think they sprinkled smoked paprika on top and there were red bell peppers mixed it too. Anyway, this dish was SO delicious! The slices of smoked octopus had SO much flavor and gave the dish a nice meaty quality. Noms!

Market Memories mural, Billy King

Market Memories mural, Billy King, 2011, Pike Place Market.

Hummus – Cafe Mystique

Hummus - Cafe Mystique
Blended chick peas (garbanzo beans) with olive oil, pine nuts, parsley, pickled beets, and sprinkled with sumac spice. Happy hour $2.95
Cafe Mystique, San Francisco CA

Wow, less than three bucks and SO delicious! What a value! The hummus was light and creamy, and the toppings added even more texture and flavor. Noms!

Chinatown, Grant Avenue

Chinatown, Grant Avenue. I don’t make it out to Chinatown very often because it’s out of the way and can be a total tourist trap, but there are so many cool stores and restaurants there. It’s great to live in a city that is so diverse!

Chickpeas & cookies – Nopalito

Gotta love the freebies at Nopalito!  Every meal begins and ends with some yummy free treats.
Nopalito, San Francisco

Fried chickpeas Nopalito

These seasoned, deep fried chickpeas are frickin’ addictive.  They’re salty and dry which makes them perfect to eat with some beer or sangria!  I wonder if they’d give me more if I asked? A great way to jump-start your meal.

Polvorones Nopalito

And when your check arrives, it’s accompanied with these delicious cookies which I think are “polvorones”. They’re crumbly, nutty and sweet. I would have guessed that they’re made with almonds but I’ve read that the Mexican variety is usually made with pecans. Regardless, they’re nommy!