Okay, so I’ve been back in LA from Israel for less than 24 hours and I’m craving hummus.
While I was over there I had hummus and keBAB (following the Flight of the Conchorads pronounciation guide) once or twice a day, along with huge pitchers of mint lemonade.
Hummus Bar, a newish Israeli hummus specialty restaurant in Tarzana, is a cheerful place, with the sharp angles and open kitchen of an upscale fast-food restaurant and the jangly Israeli pop of a kosher coffeehouse, menus printed on place mats and a dining patio thrust into the mini-mall’s parking lot.
The hummus at Hummus Bar … is very good indeed: thick and creamy, with the lemony, nutty tahini suspended over the earthier chickpea paste so that when you sweep your chunk of hot pita across the plate you are custom mixing the flavors and textures. Every bite is subtly different from the last. Hummus made from scratch is an entirely wonderful beast — and no beasts are harmed in the making.
There’s also this Shwarma joint I want to check out.
Any other suggestions for my new food obsession?