Sometimes I wait too long to eat, and by the time I stop doing whatever it is I’m doing in order to eat something, I’m starving my face off. Also, I don’t drive, and walking to a restaurant when I’m super-hungry is not fun. Plus it’s been HELLA hot outside, so that makes everything that’s not literally air conditioning blowing right in my face -- such as walking in the hot sun -- no fun at all; bordering on a trip through Hell.
AND the final part of this equation: My refrigerator is usually empty.
Solution: Delivery! Yay!
Recently, all of the above math and hunger added up to a box full of kibbe being delivered -- fresh hot and delicious -- from Chef Suzy Salwa’s Gypsy Queen Cuisine on Patton Ave in West Asheville, right to my front door near the River Arts District. I love me some Gypsy Queen, but I don’t get out to Patton often, so this was a really nice treat for me; and I tore into it like a rabid dog when it arrived. YUMMMM! I was so happy with my choice to order the kibbe!
For those of you who may not know, kibbe are lamb and bulgar croquettes (that’s fancy-talk for fritters) made with ground lamb, onions, pine nuts, pomegranate molasses, and Lebanese spices. They’re like little oblong meat-balls. In my world, kibbe is quasi-vegetarian, bordering on health food, and came with pita, hommus (some of the best I’ve ever had!), an exciting and wonderful mint cabbage slaw, house-made cucumber yogurt (aka tzatziki), diced tomato, and fresh parsley.
I’m telling you what, to me this box of food saved me from a severe case of the hangries that day, and was about 300-500% healthier than most of the meals I eat. It was exactly what the doctor ordered to fix me up and set me right. It was, and I finished every scrap of food there was, and suddenly felt human again.
I’ve been a fan of Chef Suzy (both the person and her food) for many years, and I know she’s an Asheville icon and long-time local favorite, so many of you don’t need me telling you to go visit Gypsy Queen because you go all the time. BUT if you haven’t been in a while, or never at all, hit it up, yo!
And don’t wait until you’re hangry.
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