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Old 02-23-2018, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Love falafel...these days, eating TaDah, a frozen falafel wrapped in tortilla. Company is Eat Good, Do Good...

Very tasty but do make own sauces. Convenient too.

Don't care for boxed falafel...
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Yes, I have heard that.

I remember being on the phone with a person in the Midwest once and she gave me a name of someone named Don something to call. I asked how Don spelled his last name, and she said "Don is a 'she'." I realized she was saying "Dawn".

We pronounce the "w" here. We even like to put it in words like "tawk" and "cawfee".

Language is almost as much fun as food!
Yep! Rust Belt/Great Lakes/"Da Bearss"/Chicago-style "SOOPerfan" type vowels. We tend to gloss over the /aw/ and make it more of an /ah/. I had a pastor, growing up, who was from Milwaukee. Which literally has a "au". But when asked where he was from, he'd always say, "Mil-WAAAAH-kee."

Buffalo, NY, kinda has it, too. It wraps its way around the Great Lakes.
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:53 PM
 
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Falafel is one of my favorite things to make for a party or pot luck. I use the following recipe for the falafel and usually double the recipe and make them a small appetizer size. Also, I just pan fry them in enough oil to coat the pan and then flip, no deep frying.

Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I'm sitting here muttering to myself trying to make "falafel" and "awful" not rhyme.
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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And you *still* haven't called me.
I flew into Ottawa last September. If I'd known you were there I woulda!

I mostly drive to Ontario, but one time I flew. It's only 57 minutes flying time from Newark. From Ottawa I rented a car to get where I was going, and ever since, I get daily traffic reports for Ottawa.
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I'm sitting here muttering to myself trying to make "falafel" and "awful" not rhyme.
Hahaha. Fa-LA-ful and Awwww-ful (NOT "Ah-ful). You have to make the "w" sound with your lips. the "LA" is with the mouth open. But mutter away.

There is a chocolate-covered strawberry company called "Shari's Berries", and I thought it sounded awkward, as if it was supposed to rhyme but it doesn't...then I realized that for some people, it DOES rhyme.

Then there's the Mary/Merry/Marry thing (all three words are said differently to me).
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Old 02-23-2018, 07:18 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Just a question for the OP:

Do "falafel" and "awful" rhyme to you?

They don't to me. Just wondering.

MQ, I was thinking the very same thing! They sound NOTHING alike to me, with the East Coast accent that I will forever have. (no, not a stereotypical Brooklyn or Queens accent, but that's for another thread)


The only thing similar to me about the two words "Falafel" and "awful" is the last syllable "fel/ful" which sound identical to me.

"Felafel" is said "Fuh-Lah-ful" where as "awful" is said "AWE-ful" - after all, there is a "W" in the word, so I do not pronounce it "offle".

However it is said, I love the stuff, and I eat it once or twice a month.

Interestingly, growing up in the suburbs of NYC, in the 60s and 70s, I never had falafel.
It was not until I attended college at the culinary Mecca (no pun nor disparagement against the Middle East or Central Massachusetts intended) that is Worcester MA, that I even tried it.

Now it's common place, and I am glad about that. I often shop at a Lebanese market here in OH, for Middle Eastern specialtie
Honestly, I have made it my self, and I have used imported mixes, and I taste no difference. So, usually, I just by a mix recommended at the deli. "Near East" is probably the most accessible, and to me, it's fine. The foriegn mixes are more flavorful and definitely spicier.

My suspicion is that many restaurants use mixes. Good ones, but mixes none the less. I am sure that someone's middle eastern great grandma does it better - but then that is true of any regional or ethnic food.

A good felafel sandwich or wrap, depends so much upon the vegetables, seasoning, and bread in which it is served.

Felafel does not pretend to be a hamburger or a meatball.

It is what it is - a fried, well seasoned croquette made with chickpeas and seasoning. You don't need to deep fry it. And it's pretty healthy and as American, and easy to find as pizza or hot dogs.

Neither was "invented" in North America.
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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You reminded me that I haven’t made falafel in a long while. I would love some with tzatziki sauce.

I have made falafel pattes and eggs for a veggie lunch. Very good, IMO. I need to buy a box of the mix.
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Old 02-24-2018, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I flew into Ottawa last September. If I'd known you were there I woulda!

I mostly drive to Ontario, but one time I flew. It's only 57 minutes flying time from Newark. From Ottawa I rented a car to get where I was going, and ever since, I get daily traffic reports for Ottawa.
Well, if you ever fly into Ottawa again and plan to stick around a bit, let me know. I'll buy you a falafel lunch!

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Hahaha. Fa-LA-ful and Awwww-ful (NOT "Ah-ful). You have to make the "w" sound with your lips. the "LA" is with the mouth open. But mutter away.

There is a chocolate-covered strawberry company called "Shari's Berries", and I thought it sounded awkward, as if it was supposed to rhyme but it doesn't...then I realized that for some people, it DOES rhyme.

Then there's the Mary/Merry/Marry thing (all three words are said differently to me).
Falafel and awful do rhyme, the way I say it.

Funny thing about Shari's Berries and Mary/Merry/Marry. (The first two sound identical to me.) My oldest friend's name is Charlotte. We call her Char. (Sounds like shaar.) Her sister is Cheryl. We call her Cher. (Sounds like sherr.) Their sister-in-law's name is Shari. We call her Shar. (Sounds like sharr.) When the three of them are all at the same event: Char, Cher, Shar. It's quite hilarious.
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I'm sitting here muttering to myself trying to make "falafel" and "awful" not rhyme.
A Cockney accent makes those two words sound VERY different. No, I don't have a Cockney accent.
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