Full of Falafel

I began my day yesterday with the above breakfast, which is a bit of a change from my usual cereal or granola morning meal.  The bowl contained a serving of oat bran cooked in unsweetened coconut milk, a sliced banana, and a spoon of sunflower seed butter, all sprinkled with cinnamon.  I needed a power breakfast like this to get me through my busy day, in which my errands ranged from hitting the gym for some elliptical and weights to back-to-school shopping to  buying dinner party groceries to hurricane prep!

Because my husband worked from home and joined me on my shopping adventures, yesterday felt like a Saturday, which is the best feeling ever when you are trying to make your last weekend before school starts last as long as possible.  I constantly found myself thinking it was the weekend, only to be reminded it was still Friday, at which point a breathed a little sigh of relief that I still had the weekend ahead of me to get ready for school.

We hit up a local mall and grocery store before making our way back home.  We then took a stroll up Thayer Street (the main drag of Brown University) to buy some school-appropriate shirts for my debut back at work.  I thought that Brown students may have been returning from their summer vacations this weekend, but the campus was still quiet, so we enjoyed a relatively crowd-free walk.

I bought a few shirts at Urban Outfitters (to be revealed in a shopping post later this week), and by the time we left the store, my husband and I realized it was dinner time.  While he had a fantasy football draft to get to later that night, he so graciously offered to buy me dinner from any take-out joint on the street.  I immediately pointed across the street from Urban at my favorite falafel shop and starting chanting “ESP!  ESP!  ESP!”  ESP, in case you didn’t know, stands for East Side Pockets, which in my humble opinion, serves the best falafel pocket and most delicious hummus in all of Rhode Island. 

East Side Pockets is a small establishment that typically has lines going out the door at lunch and dinner time.  However, they have their falafel-making  procedure down to both an art and science, and even if there are 10 people ahead of you, you can get in and out pretty quickly.

We got some takeout, and headed back home to feast.

We passed by this food truck parked on Brown’s campus on the way home.  I love seeing food trucks in Providence– it seems we are finally getting on board with this trend that has been around for a while now in other big cities!

Once we were back at the homestead, I dove into the pita chips and hummus.  The chips are freshly made in the restaurant, and they’re basically their pita pocket bread cut up, fried, and sprinkled with the most amazing spice blend imaginable.  Undoubtedly, these are by far the most amazing pita chips ever to pass my lips!

 

We also ordered their industrial-sized bucket o’ hummus, also made right in the shop.  I have been off store-bought hummus lately because I don’t find it to be creamy enough.  This stuff is liquid gold– they even top it off with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of spices that takes it over the top!

And every industrial-sized bucket of hummus comes with some huge pieces of their pita bread for dipping of course!

The star of the show is their vegetarian falafel pocket.  Check out how huge it is!

My first plate consisted of this:  (Oh, I forgot to mention they give you two mini-tubs of hummus when you order pita chips!)

I went back for some more chips and hummus before I finally unwrapped my falafel.  Nestled in that soft pita bread wrapping were deep fried chick pea balls of bliss teamed with hummus, cucumber yogurt sauce, tahini, hot sauce, tabouleh, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and hot peppers.  Crunchy, chewy, creamy, garlicky, warm, and refreshingly cool at the same time– it’s pretty much got it all!

Not only that, but because it is enormous, I could only eat a little over half, which means I have some delightful leftovers for later.  I had to save some room for dessert!

My sweet treat consisted of half of a piece of “chocolate” cake I purchased from Whole Foods.  I say chocolate in quotations because this cake was from their “Health Starts Here” line, and included all sorts of nutritious ingredients like pineapple, carrot, raisins, applesauce, walnuts, and whole wheat flour.  The only chocolate came from cocoa powder, so it wasn’t that chocolately to be honest.  It was more like a good piece of chocolate fruit cake or something along those lines.  I had to add some dark choco chips and a mini-container of dulce de leche ice cream to make it Friday night dessert-worthy.  The cake wasn’t awful, but it was and tasted too healthified to classify as a true dessert.  I probably would not buy it again.

After my husband left for his football draft, I watched an episode of the T.O. show before I crashed– at 8:30 P.M.  A perfect Friday night if you ask me!

How did you spend your Friday night?

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