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Visit to Aladdin’s

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon. We happened to be in Sandy Springs, and lunch was beckoning. P suggested we go to Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill & Deli on Roswell Road. I enjoy Mediterranean food, so off we went.

Alladin's

It has been a long time since I have eaten at a restaurant and enjoyed the experience so immensely, PLUS I managed to get a few good photographs (thanks to the gorgeous light and the wide windows at Aladdin’s), so I thought a blog post was merited.

The menu is fairly simple at Aladdin’s. I wish I had clicked a shot of the blackboard with the handwritten menu. There are many vegetarian options. P had visited Aladdin’s earlier for an office team lunch, so he ordered for both of us.

It was simply wonderful. The flavors, the freshness, the vibrancy of ingredients, the casual atmosphere… the trio of giggling kids at the next table, their serious-faced parents (Mom looking every bit stylish and Middle Eastern, as I’d imagine) and the Arabic music playing in the background – all in all, a supremely relaxing and delicious lunch experience.

Minty Water

Minty Water

Let’s take a moment to talk about water?

How adorable, right? Giant glass tumblers filled with cool water, a dash of rosewater, fresh mint leaves and lemon slivers make for a refreshing beverage.

We ordered a bowl of Lentil Soup and the Vegetarian Platter. The lentil soup was simply flavored yet hearty in taste and texture. It came with a generous portion of pita croutons. I would have happily dumped the whole pile of croutons into the soup and slurped it all down, but I controlled myself… Sigh.

The Vegetarian Platter contained: Baba Ghanoush, Tahini sauce, four Falafels, Dolma, Jerusalem Salad, Tabouli and Hummus dip.

Can I just say that every item was delicious? It’d make for such a hackneyed description and a boring blog post but I think you understand my drift? These are the same dishes that grace the menus of most (if not all) Mediterranean eateries in the U.S., yet the freshness of the ingredients and the simplicity of preparation made for a delicious lunch repast.

Alladin

I wasn’t planning to eat the pita bread but their pillow softness was so tempting that I couldn’t resist. Made myself a generously loaded pita sandwich. The Tabouli salad was loaded with fresh parsley and lime (or lemon) juice with none of the mouth-puckering sourness. The Dolma was perfect. I am not the biggest fan of this stuffed vine leaf preparation but I enjoyed it this time.

I turned down dessert but I will give it a try next time.

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Of Hacker Attacks, Ancient Grains and Looking Forward

The site was hacked again (cue: a GIANT sigh!) and I was at my wits’ end, trying to figure out how to get it back up. Then I met Mickey, and he helped me clean up the site. Actually, I couldn’t even get in to the site but he figured out a way to log in and clean it up. So here I am, breathing a long, deep breath of relief… Hmmmm. Thanks, Mickey!

Got Maria Speck’s Ancient Grains for Modern Meals from Amazon – excited! P and I are working on reducing wheat from our diet and I am looking at this book to provide me with options that go beyond brown rice, quinoa and millet. This is not a vegetarian cookbook but it has a lot of potential for cooking gorgeous vegetarian meals. The recipes sound so lip-smackingly delicious! Leek Salad with Grilled Halloumi Cheese and Rye Berries, Aroma Bread with Coriander and Fennel, Zucchini-Dill Bites with Pine Nuts, Artichoke-Rosemary Tart with Polenta Crust… Super tempting, to say the least. The lovely photographs don’t hurt either.

Injera Bread

Found Injera Bread at Dekalb Farmers Market last week. Good news for folks who eat gluten-free! Unfortunately, P is not a fan of fermented foods, so I passed it up. Curious to know if anyone has purchased it, and if so, what do you think? There are a couple of Ethiopian food joints in Atlanta that some friends have been recommending since a while. Time to plan a visit, I think!

Visited Harry’s Farmers Market a few weeks ago, and chanced on some new snacks! Gluten-free, healthy, non-diary… no matter what diet you follow, you should be able to find something fun to snack on. Take a look at my stash!

Popped potato chips, BBQ-flavored rice crisps, tapioca ridges with salt and pepper, Pamela’s Ginger Cookies (wrote about them on an earlier post) are all great to stave off the savory snack or sweet cookie craving!

Snacks from Harry's

Falafel Sandwich

Got a Falafel Sandwich from Star Provisions for lunch one day. I think it was the lone vegetarian item on the menu. Or maybe I am mistaken but there were few options.

It was fairly okay. The falafel was crisp and well-spiced. It was not greasy and held its heft despite the yogurt sauce. That being said, the sandwich felt a tad too monochromatic in flavor. Some parsley and lemon would have done wonders in there.

Finally visited Big Chow Grill! Have been wanting to go since a while now… I liked the place. Didn’t get too many nice pictures – I suppose a dedicated post is in order!