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(Wall Street Journal)   Camp Pendleton invaded by shawarma, pita, hummus, and falafel   (online.wsj.com) divider line 130
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2010-03-15 12:30:39 PM
I went to the store and got stuff for nasty head colds my girlfriend and I got in Seattle over the weekend (worth it though, Emerald City Comic Con was a lot of fun). I picked up the usual chicken soup, Theraflu, and orange juice remedies. I wish I'd read this article before I'd left earlier, I'd have picked up some samosas, meats, and spices to fry up for lunch.

Thanks for the excuse to go back to New Seasons later this afternoon, Subby!
 
2010-03-15 12:38:58 PM
"This is shiat. This is a table of shiat!"
 
2010-03-15 12:39:01 PM
America, where our ongoing cuisine standard is to have a little bit of what everybody else's having, thanks. I freaking love that.
 
2010-03-15 12:39:15 PM
FTFA: "On the stand's first day of operation, the smell of grilled beef wafted toward the camp's fitness center and drew in Marines passing by. One of them was Alexander Harris, a 25-year-old corporal who was stationed in Afghanistan."

I'm confused. While shwarma can be beef, this shwarma (as is most) is lamb, right??? And it's not grilled, it's roasted on a spit.

/wants some shwarma
//the place near my office that had it closed
 
2010-03-15 12:50:14 PM
If you need a 'recipe' for hummus, guacamole, etc you shouldn't be cooking. I can honestly say that I've probably never made the same stuff twice, but it's always been good.

Tip on the hummus: boil it first, even the stuff that comes in a can. Boil it for 10 min, then take it to the sink and run cold water into the pot until it starts overflowing (obviously do this in the sink). All the skins will come to the surface and flow over the edge into the sink, makes it much smoother.

The one that turned out surprisingly well was avocado hummus.

1 can beans
1 avacado
Salt, pepper, lemon juice, cumin to taste.

I think between me and my girlfriend that lasted all of 10 minutes.

Funny since I was (and still am) a very picky eater. I chalk it up to drinking & cooking. "This tastes good. This does too. Fark it, going together". The best meal I've had in the last week was a 4 garlic clove/1 habanero in oil... slurry poured over chicken and cooked until it was seared. Dump the whole thing plus 1/2 cup of rice/water into a rice cooker, cook until done.

/Missing my month vacation in India...
 
2010-03-15 12:56:23 PM
dj_bigbird: NemoD: Oh sweet irony. An army base invaded by shawarma, while Tehran is filled with Hamburger and Pizza shops. If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then perhaps the way to world peace is restaurants.

"No 2 countries that have McDonalds have ever gone to war with each other" source


Never officially, but there has been some dust-ups. The new-hotness is that no two countries in the Dell production/manufacturing line have gone to war with each other.
 
2010-03-15 12:57:38 PM
darkscout: If you need a 'recipe' for hummus, guacamole, etc you shouldn't be cooking.

I understand where you're going with this comment, but sometimes recipes have information you might not get otherwise. For a while I made my own hummus, it was okay, nothing amazing. I smacked myself on the forehead when I saw an actual recipe for hummus and realized that the ingredient missing in my attempts was tahini.
 
2010-03-15 01:25:44 PM
The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong Delta. An overheated private removed his flak jacket, revealing a t-shirt with an iron-on sporting the Mad slogan 'Up with miniskirts!' Well, we all had a good laugh, even though I didn't quite understand it. But our momentary lapse of concentration allowed Charley to get the drop on us. I spent the next 3 years in a POW camp, forced to subsist on a thin stew made of fish, vegetables, prawns, coconut milk and four kinds of rice. I came close to madness trying to find it here in the States, but they just can't get the spices right.
 
2010-03-15 01:30:16 PM
theorellior: I smacked myself on the forehead when I saw an actual recipe for hummus and realized that the ingredient missing in my attempts was tahini.

"Lists of ingredients" are acceptable. Proportions/Measurements are not.
 
2010-03-15 01:30:58 PM
For Los Angeles Farkers: Zankou Chicken!
Link (new window)
 
2010-03-15 01:32:23 PM
motivateurself.files.wordpress.com

KHLAV-KHALASH!!!
 
2010-03-15 01:34:38 PM
dersk
you are one farked up individual.

RE: Sabich - Iraqi Jewish Eggplant Sandwich

dude, i have ranch dressing, crackers and a bottle of Salsa Verde. Good in their own right, but in no way do they make me a Sabich.


So I say again, you are a poopyhead
 
2010-03-15 01:38:01 PM
BTW dersk, have fun
 
2010-03-15 01:40:35 PM
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2010-03-15 01:41:27 PM
dedemed.com

I'll take a little from column A, and a little from column B, please.

/Ali Baba's Cave has the best schwarma in San Francisco, IMHO.
 
2010-03-15 01:52:26 PM
So much win.
Vancouver farkers, where can I find the best doner/ shawarma/ falafel in the Lower Mainland plz? kthxbai
 
2010-03-15 02:07:52 PM
SouthernKarebear

I love good Indian and Arab/Med food. I am going to visit family in Houston and Lafayette in a month. Anyone have any good suggestions?

Impudent Domain: Ever try Indonesian food? That can get HOT.


Never tried Indonesian, although I looked it up and there is a restaurant in Houston. If you visit here, on the Nwest side of town there are several Indian restaurants, you can go to a place called www.b4-u-eat.com for reviews of good places in the Houston area.

As for Lafayette, I used to live there and there was a fantastic mediterranean place called Rajel's but I think it has been out of business for a while. When I visit I go to this place called the Golden Wok. It isn't just Chinese, they expanded it, it is a huge multinational buffet.
 
2010-03-15 02:10:40 PM
Theguybehindtheguy Quote 2010-03-15 11:02:52 AM
SouthernKarebear: I love good Indian and Arab/Med food. I am going to visit family in Houston and Lafayette in a month. Anyone have any good suggestions?

Lafayette actually has quite a few greek/med restaurants around. ZEUS ^, go to the one downtown on Jefferson St. Or there's ATHENA ^ is good too, go to the one on Ambassador Caffery.

Also, for non-greek/med food: Louisiana Crawfish Time, Eddie's BBQ, Zea, T-Coons, etc. But if you're meeting up with family from the area, they should know some good spots.


Yeah, for a small city, Lafayette has, by far, more good eating places than any small city ought to have. I grew spoiled living there. But Houston has even more so its OK.
 
2010-03-15 02:11:15 PM
chechcal: I'll take a little from column A, and a little from column B, please.

/Ali Baba's Cave has the best schwarma in San Francisco, IMHO.


Looks like column A already had column B.

/also, pointy elbows
 
2010-03-15 02:21:05 PM
Impudent Domain: Yeah, for a small city, Lafayette has, by far, more good eating places than any small city ought to have. I grew spoiled living there. But Houston has even more so its OK.

Yeah, there is great eating in this town. I was amazed when I first moved here. I think I read that Lafayette has more restaurants per capita than any city in the country. Now, that's probably partly because so many people come over from the little neighboring towns to eat here, but still impressive.

Never tried the Golden Wok, I'll have to check that place out.
 
2010-03-15 03:17:18 PM
Wow the rubes got a taste of furren food at Camp Parochial.
 
2010-03-15 03:36:51 PM
Impudent Domain: NicoFinn [TotalFark] Quote 2010-03-15 06:58:41 AM
Impudent Domain: Well Now the troll, actually not a troll. I think nearly all of that mid east food sucks.

Not lebanese and Greek, I love Lebanese and Greek, but Schwarma has little flavor to me, I despise hummus, I ate a goat and rice dish once that was not too bad, but was nothing to write home about.

I like some Indian food, and there are some similarities, but I find most Arab food to be bland.

/and yes, unless you think I just didn't try it at the right place, we have several Arab/med style restaurants here and the Arab people I speak to all say they are good and authentic tasting.

You're just tainted because you are Cajun. You've probably put Tony's on your eggs this morning. :P

Well there is something to that. I go to Mexican restaurants and they never make it hot enough. It is funny to watch the expression on their faces when this crazy Anglo pours Habenero sauce on his already spicy mexican food.


I love Habaneros! My Mexican girlfriend's friend go slack-jawed when i eat hananeros. I'm addicted! (Born in WV, go figure).
 
2010-03-15 04:02:47 PM
For Torontonians, Ali Baba's has the best shawarma in the city. It's on Church and Dundas!

Authentic shawarma toppings:
For beef/lamb: tahini sauce, tomatoes and onions. Nothing else.
For chicken: garlic sauce, parsley, pickles (I skip the pickles). Most places don't have parsley, so a little tabooleh is okay. I usually go without.

Anything else on shawarmas is a blasphemy.
 
2010-03-15 04:05:42 PM
Yeah, but it still isn't as fun as eating at Edson Range chow hall.

AND WSJ did he REALLY retire in 4 years or just EAS? A financial rag should know the diff.
 
2010-03-15 05:09:36 PM
dflores.1: For Los Angeles Farkers: Zankou Chicken!

Oh gosh, YES. Love that garlic sauce.

/eating pita bread and hummus for lunch right now, I swear
 
2010-03-15 05:48:45 PM
What? Nobody likes baba ghanoush in this joint?
 
2010-03-15 06:05:38 PM
Excellent find, Subby.
For San Diego farkers I recommend The Kebab Shop in Downtown. Best shawarma doner i've ever had
Have yourself a look (pops)

/sorry, hungry farkers
 
2010-03-15 08:50:01 PM
Somebody once told me that the reason why there are quite a few Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in Arlington, Virginia (outside DC) is that a lot of CIA, govt, and military types developed a taste for it during their time over there during the war.
 
2010-03-15 09:48:10 PM
solitary: Wow the rubes got a taste of furren food at Camp Parochial.

Actually, they got a taste of it when they were overseas, made by locals.

And it's yummy stuff. I wish I could find a place around here to get shawarmas and samosas.
 
2010-03-16 09:53:45 AM
Joelogon: For falafel, nothing beats Amsterdam Falafel and their toppings bar, which is worth the trek into DC.

Brilliant - I'm relocating from metro Detroit to DC this summer, and tips like this are HUGE. Any others, where I can get a shawarma or a decent ghallaba?

mitEj: I had Shawarma in Dear borne Michigan, I was sick as a dog for the next 3 days.
"Dearborn", and I got bad Wendy's one time - that doesn't mean burgers are bad food. Just a thought.
 
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