Friday Food Photos – the Falafel

falafel - Friday Food Photos - the Falafel

The street food staple of Falafel can only be improved by one way: sticking it in a pita, smothering it with moussaka, topping it off with peppers and other tasty bits, and charging about 40 cents per wrap.

falafel pita - Friday Food Photos - the Falafel

To order my favorite, go to Luxor, Egypt.  Find the street opposite Luxor Temple with the McDonalds.  To the left of the McDonalds there will be two falafel stands, one will likely have a longer line than the other.  Stand in line, wait, buy four, and thank me later.

Ironically, four of these tasty concoctions costs the same amount as a beverage at McDonalds.  Must be for the view.

The falafel, which was originally made in Egypt as a substitute for meat during Lent is typically made from ground chick peas and/or fava beans, which is formed into a ball or patty and then fried. Served on its own as a snack or in a pita as a meal it is a food now found all over the world and loved by many.

Are you a falafel fan? Where have you had your favorite?

Also be sure to check out Jeremy’s new book which is being released this Saturday February 10th, 2012. The Long-Term Traveler’s Guide, go check it out!

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8 Comments

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    Cailin O'Neil
    February 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    @Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark: I haven’t tried fafalel yet myself…. shhh hahaha but now after this post I must :)

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    Abby
    February 14, 2012 at 12:56 am

    One of the things I miss the most about not living in NYC is my corner falafel place.

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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      @Abby: Is it something that you go back and have every time you visit?

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    Laurence
    February 13, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I love falafel :) The best ones I’ve had were at a festival in outback Australia, oddly enough.

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      Cailin O'Neil
      February 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      @Laurence: Huh! whoda thunk they would have good ones in the Australian outback! haha

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    Jeremy
    February 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    To add a bit to this post – I literally force everyone I know who is going to Egypt to eat here. It is not an option. I always get positive feedback in return because it is that good. Now I just went and made myself hungry :(

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