well, i'm on the road in a couple of hours. by 7:30 tonight, i'll be eating with my family and good friends at one of my favorite restaurants in the whole world: shawarma king in kalamazoo, MI. me and mr. jewbacca are originally from that area. and while we're very happy that we don't live there anymore-(the winters there are BRUTAL), we miss having SK near us.
the first time i went vegan-(a loooong story you can read about that adventure at the very beginning of this blog), i recall having an issue or two while dining out where i'd learn that the middle eastern eatery of choosing would make their falafel with a binder, usually egg. when i asked this question here, the waitress raised a suspicious eyebrow and told me, "what you were having was not falafel. falafel should never be made with egg, we'll never make it with egg. if it has egg in it, it isn't falafel!" well said, waitress.
while shawarma king does offer many options for omnivores that follow the dietary laws of halal, they also offer many vegan options. you can check out their menu here. all veggie dishes are free of animal by products and damn tasty. i don't know what the chef does to that hummous, but i've never been able to replicate it. it is without any lumps and tastes light like mousse. absolutely delish. the closest thing we have to a middle eastern restaurant down here is falafels, an israelli place and their food isn't as good as SK, and way too pricey-(yes, really).
soooo, whenever i'm in kalamazoo--it is mandatory we go there. and if i'm meeting with old friends, i make them meet me there too, even if they don't like middle eastern food-(did i ever tell you i'm stubborn?) if i don't go up north and mr. jewy goes, he brings a cooler and comes home with fattoush, falafel, and that awesome hummous.
so if you happen to have travels that require you to be in or drive through kzoo, go there. you'll be glad you did.