Monday, February 2, 2009

who's the king? shawarma king!

i gave my husband the weekend to goof off and play video games in his undies. i know that's a little more information than you wanted to know, but there it is.

i took the baby, went up north to kalamazoo, and spent some time with friends. a bunch of us met on friday night at shawarma king on westenedge. that place is the ONLY place you'll catch me eating falafel. SK is my favorite restaurant. the westenedge ave. location has a buffet for both omnis and veg heads. featured on my plate are two HUGE falafels-(just slightly smaller than tennis balls), babaganoujh, hummus, fatoush-(that's a salad in a lemon/olive oil blend with bits of fried pita), potato wedges, and moujadara-(spiced lentils and rice topped with caramelized onions). i have NO IDEA how that restaurant gets the hummus so smooth. it is so light and airy, i'd swear i was eating chickpea mousse. NOM!

it was really nice to just sit with friends and talk. i had to cut the evening short because the bebeh was starting to have a melt down. the restaurant was kind of warm and it was nearing his bed time. fellow bloggers with children should know this is an awful combination.

the next night i went with some friends to applebee's--and to confirm, there isn't much for the vegan to eat. duh. even if you're vegetarian, there isn't much to select from as they've removed their veggie burgers from the menu-(WTF?!?!?) anyway, i'm pretty crafty so i had french fries with salsa, guacamole, and some steamed broccoli. it doesn't take much to make me happy.

on the way back to indiana, i stopped and picked up sweetwater's doughnuts for my spouse and co-workers. they were voted one of the top 10 doughnut shoppes in the US. they don't carry any vegan doughnuts for now, but i've sent the owner-(my spouse's childhood friend) a letter suggesting they test market them at the stadium drive location. i backed it up by saying the college community from WMU would surely have vegans craving doughnuts. if any of you blogging buddies are feeling ambitious, i would ***heart*** it if y'all would go to their website and make that suggestion as well. if they get enough suggestions, they'd have to do it, right? or am i just being too hopeful?


Anonymous said...

I recently had an experience with some really smooth hummus at a Turkish place here. I don't get it? I thought maybe it was the oil, but I tried that in my own personal last batch and I just ended up with oily hummus. Hmmmmm...must be magic beans.

pixiepine said...

That food looks delicious! And yes, Applebee's is a laugh. I checked the Vegan Eating Out site on that one, and all they have that is vegan are salad toppings and oil. Hahahaha! Sounds like you made a tasty meal though!

Anonymous said...

The food looks really really good.

Applebees =0 I've been there as a vegan and ended up with a plain baked potato! haha not much to choose from

Chelsea said...

My husband plays video games in his underwear when I'm home! I'm like "honey, quit leaving your damn pants on the dining room floor!" haha

That plate looks awesome! It's probably a good thing that there aren't any Lebanese buffet places around here, or I'd likely kill myself on falafel and mjadra :) Mmmmmmmmmm

And good luck with the doughnuts!

pixiepine said...

P.S. My fiancee left you a comment on your last comment on my blog. He is dying to see Simpsons wedding pics!

Bianca said...

Yum! I could really go for some big ol' falafel balls right now!

As for the roux question, it really just a mixture of flour and fat. I heated about 1/3 cup of oil in a saucepan and slowly added 1/2 cup of flour. Then you just stir continuously until it thickens and turns dark brown (about 15 minutes). It adds thickness and awesome flavor since the flour gets toasty. BTW, if your mixture thickens to a paste, add a little more oil. It should be stirrable the whole time.

Sal said...

mmm mmm - <3 me some falafel!