In recent months, I’ve seen at Costco an increase in the number of various kinds of packaged foods from different cultures. Recently, I got a chance to try some Afghani food there, too. So when recently we were headed to a movie downtown (San Francisco) and realized that we didn’t have that much time to linger at a restaurant, we were excited to find an Afghani restaurant just down the block. It turns out there are a couple of DeAfghanan Kabob House locations in the Bay Area, but I was thoroughly impressed with the one in San Francisco.

Not only did the food come out incredibly fast despite having close to a full house, the wait staff (of one) was hustling and also very helpful. We tried both the Bodinjon Borani (a vegetarian eggplant dish) and the Mantu (essentially Afghani dumplings). Both were very delicious. We were also especially impressed with the rice, but just couldn’t put our finger on how it’s different than other rice we’ve tried and why!


Bodinjon Borani (vegetarian eggplant dish)

Mantu (Afghani dumplings)


Palmyra is located just a few corners away from where I now live and since I’ve lived in this general neighbor for quite a while now, I’ve been trying to get to this place, but never had the opportunity. I generally like Middle Eastern food and found that Palmyra was no different. I just love all the different options, and thought that their Falafel were shaped so uniquely, almost like donuts! Plus, who doesn’t love a good hummus?!?


Falafel Plate

Prawns Kebob


goodreads-readinglolitaI’ve recently been reading a book that I bought at the San Francisco Friends of the Library book sale called Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. This book is interesting in that it is actually a memoir, but many of the individuals have been changed/intertwined/combined in order to protect their identities. This book shares about how professor Azar Nafisi gathered seven of her most devoted women students in her living every Thursday morning in the Islamic Republic of Iran. These seven women and their professor delve into the worlds of Vladimir Nabokov, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Jane Austen, but sometimes it’s hard to know if the fiction or the real stories reflect each other more.

While reading this memoir, I learned a whole lot more about Iran than I had expected. Really, I didn’t know that much about the country before now. I didn’t realize how open the state had been before the fundamentalists had reigned tyranny over the people. When the author Nafisi was growing up, she didn’t have to wear the veil. Women walked around in jeans and attended universities as they chose. It was only after the raids and such started that the veil became mandatory, universities were no longer a symbol of freedom, and professors who were too liberal, like Nafisi, were asked to leave. While this book is a bit difficult to understand at first, I really think it provides such great insight into two worlds: literature and Iran.

We only had to buy one evening meal in Seattle because our hostel happened to be serving up delicious pasta the other night. For our first, we had a bit of a hard time trying to find and decide what we wanted to eat. We were in the area between Pike Place Market and the Seattle Center, but didn’t want an expensive sit down place. In the end, we happened upon The Falafel King, which happened to be a delicious choice!

Walking in, we were a little unsure of this tiny spot, but a guy sitting in the window told us that he was a chef and that he loved this place, so we decided to just go for it. We originally wanted the Falafel Rice Plate, but they were out of rice(!) so we tried the salad instead. That was just yum! I loved the dressing on the salad as well as the perfectly cooked falafels. The hummus was extremely flavorful as were all the spices. What a great meal!

Read about more Seattle adventures here:
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A Seattle falafel photo adventure:




A friend of mine lives near a relatively new open: Khyber Halal Restaurant & Groceries. She’s been wanting to try it since it opened so we decided to go the other night. We had to get our food to go though because we were on the way to a church event. It was difficult to order because none of the items on the menu had any explanation so we had to ask the guy at the counter what everything was and he didn’t seem too happy about that even though he did try his best to answer all our questions. After ordering, we waited a really long time before we got our food, but part of that might have been due to the fact that they were getting a catering order ready at the same time.

Overall, while some of the items we ordered were really good and flavorful, the rest were just so-so. The Gyro and Chicken Tiki Masala were the best; everything else was not worth the long wait or price. I’m also not sure why the sign says they sell groceries — I didn’t see any inside … hmmm.


Dining room

Gyro with fries

Beef Kabob with rice

Appetizer with forgotten name

Chicken Tiki Masala

Afghani Meatballs