Hummus and laffa – Zahav

Hummus with daily topping - Zahav
Mesibah menu $53 per person
Zahav, Philadelphia PA

If I recall correctly, the daily topping for the hummus was some sort of mushroom mixture, but I could be wrong. Regardless, I remember that it tasted amazing and I couldn’t get enough!

Laffa bread - Zahav
Laffa bread baked in wood-burning oven. Omg, this bread was out of this world! I could eat this every day for sure!

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.

Gyro platter – Ayola

Gyro platter - Ayola
Gyros meat with hummus, tzatziki, and small Greek salad. Served with pita. $8.95
Ayola, San Francisco CA

This place doesn’t serve the best greek food in San Francisco, but I like them anyway. They’re fast and they give you a lot of food. They’re food is actually pretty good too and I love their hot sauce. Just know that their olives still have pits so don’t bite down too hard.

Gyro platter - Ayola
May 12, 2014.

Gyro platter - Ayola
January 6, 2015. $9.25
The price has gone up!

Gyro platter - Ayola
April 13, 2015. $9.95
Price has gone up, again! I crave this all the time though, so I’m gonna keep buying it, hehe.

Gyro platter - Ayola
June 8, 2015. $9.95

Gyro platter - Ayola
August 13, 2015.

Gyro platter - Ayola
September 15, 2015. $10.25
The price has gone up again!

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Beef shawarma – Leylam Shawarma

Beef shawarma - Leylam Shawarma
With cabbage, cucumber, hummus and tahini sauce wrapped in lavash bread. 59 PHP
Leylam Shawarma, Boracay PHILIPPINES

I don’t remember too much about this shawarma – just that I was starving after our first night out in Boracay, lol! It was cheap, quick, and on the way back to the hotel. Looking back at the pic, I guess it wasn’t very big. Maybe that’s why I had a hangover in the morning. 😉

Fire twirlers
Fire twirlers, Station 2/3 Beach.

Shawerma sandwich – Old Jerusalem

Shawerma sandwich - Old Jerusalem
Beef and lamb marinated in spices with tahini sauce, hummus, pickles, salad and lettuce wrapped in lavash bread. Ordered hot. $7.95
Old Jerusalem, San Francisco CA

Shawerma sandwich - Old Jerusalem
Wow, this was really good! I loved all the flavors and the pickles were actually a really great addition. It added a great tartness that I wasn’t expecting in a shawerma sandwich. It was super sauce which I love even though it gets messy eating. Noms!

Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake.

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.

Vegetarian combo plate – Goood Frikin’ Chicken

Vegetarian combo plate - Goood Frikin' Chicken
House salad, dolmas, falafel balls, hummus, baba ghannooj, tahini sauce, olive oil pita and garlic dip. $9.25
Goood Frikin’ Chicken, San Francisco CA

We ordered this as a shared appetizer (it’s actually listed as an entree on their menu), and it was SO much food! Everything was delicious except the falafel were overcooked and hard. We couldn’t finish everything before our entrees arrived which was fine because we kept using the hummus, baba ganoush, tahini, and garlic dip as extra sauces. NOMS!

Middle Eastern plate – La Mediterranee

Middle Eastern plate - La Mediterranee
Chicken Cilicia, Grecian spinach and feta, Levant sandwich, and Lule kebab (lamb meatball) over rice pilaf. Served with cup of curry cauliflower soup, hummus, fruit and cheese. $13.50
La Mediterranee, San Francisco CA

Damn, this plate was certainly a value! And all the components were really yummy, expect maybe the levant sandwich because it was a little dry for me. This was enough food to feed two people though especially after having had an appetizer.

San Francisco Federal Building
San Francisco Federal Building at dawn, 7th Street.

Tzatziki and spicy hummos – La Mediterranee

Tzatziki and spicy hummos - La Mediterranee
With smoked paprika, sweet and spicy peppers, pita bread. $7.50
La Mediterranee, San Francisco CA

I used to hate the texture of tzatziki and hummus growing up so I would never eat them! Boy, was I missing out! I love the stuff now and these at La Mediterranee were pretty tasty. The hummus wasn’t very spicy but it was still delicious.

Red wine - La Mediterranee
Cotes du Rhone, Andre Brunel, France, 2010. $9
Tempranillo, Lan-Crianza, Rioja, 2008, $7.50

King palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Arecaeae)

King palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Arecaeae), 16th Street.