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W-T-Falafel is this?

Stopped by Whole Foods for a quick bite. Feeling a little subterranean Mediterranean  so I quickly grabbed this lunch box.

heh heh….I said box.

Falafel Wrap Lunch Box – $6.99

Falafel Wrap Lunch Box

Definitely heavy for its size. Upon opening said lunch box,  I found this mess.

The mess in my lunch box

Weird and goopy-this can’t be typical right?

The spinach was fairly crisp, but the tomatoes were a bit…well mushy, not good.

Additionally, whomever prepared this hates salt. Bland and tasteless…just like your mom.

I almost felt it was more like Ethiopian food where one would use the three finger poi method to sling it in your mouth. No fork needed.

Soggy Sally indeed!

Wrap was soggy. Not cool.

This was by far the worst lunch box I’d ever eaten.

Speaking of the worst lunch box…

The worst…um….

I just threw up in my mouth.

Hope your Tuesday was better than mine.

Reporting from QuarryLaneFarms…

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You’re making what?!?!  

So along with the Memphis style dry rub ribs, a Mediterranean food extravaganza, “Japanese” chirachi, and rack of lamb for this past week’s service/dining options – we opted to attempt to make homemade cucumber kimchee. Growing up in Hawaii, I found that recipes vary from person-to-person (not making my life easier) and often families have family secrets that aren’t really shared within the own family (again, not making my life easier). Mutha.  

What does cucumber kimchee taste like? The deafening first crunch followed by the slightly tart flesh then the gradual burn from the chili peppers from each oversized cucumber piece. Chasing after the heat is the calm of the cucumber meat itself, cooling your mouth from the onslaught of Hawaiian chili peppers. Heat, cool, crunch, soft, salty, savory…Basically, this could be the perfect pickled vegetable.   

For those that contemplate making your own kimchee, this isn’t an easy task. You just can’t make it and eat it immediately – well, maybe you could, but it doesn’t really taste like kimchee. But who has weeks to wait? Sadly, my childhood memories only offered up used pickle jars and peanut butter jars (yes real glass jars then) that housed this homemade awesomeness. So I made some calls back to Hawaii, conference call my family, and reminisced about a F.O.B. Yobo (Korean) restaurant in Wahiawa.  

Homemade cucumber kimchee

Ingredients include: Japanese cucumbers,  Hawaiian chili pepper water, Hawaiian salt, sugar, garlic, ginger, salted baby shrimp, fish sauce, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and a large ubiquitous pickle jar. 

Pretty standard stuff that you can get anywhere right? 

We will be serving these daily and rating them on a scale from 0-10. Categories to include crunchiness and taste. We are looking for an optimal crunch and taste factor. Never fear, we’ll keep you posted. 

Crunchy crunchy crunchy  

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