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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Foodies on Vacay: Taboon's, Flint, Michigan

Kate: Chicken Shawarma Wrap, Tabouleh Salad, Hummus, Falafel, and delicious bread
Paul and I headed to the east side of the state to visit his mom, Mary, and take her out for lunch. Paul asked if Middle Eastern sounded good, and how could I say 'no'. So, we picked up Mary and headed to Taboon in Flint.

Funny thing... Taboon is a converted Ponderosa. They still have the big menu at the front when you walk in. It has their dishes in it, of course, not the steaks and chargrilled chicken. But, once Paul pointed this out, I couldn't stop noticing the little details.

First, let's talk about the bread. "Fresh, unleavened bread made in a brick oven with air pockets". That is how Paul described the bread. And that just doesn't do it justice. They are tiny pockets of wonderful. You can tell its fresh. I mean, you can look over and see them pull it out of the oven. So soft. Just perfect. I could have eaten 10, but I didn't. PLUS, they bring it out with this amazing garlic sauce. Oh, so good. Now, don't bring a first date there, especially one you are thinking of kissing later. But, do go and eat the garlic sauce. Its really creamy, a perfect blend of garlic and olive oil and lemon. Wow!

We ordered hummus and falafel to share. I think a good judge of the quality of a Middle Eastern place is the falafel. They have to be cooked just right and seasoned well. And, Taboon nailed it. Not greasy at all. A perfect texture. Great flavor throughout. And, served with a side of tahini. Yum! I thought the hummus was a little bland, but we brought some home and the few hours that it settled did it some good. I would say to skip the hummus and order some for later. You don't need. Food is definitely plentiful here.

My shawarma wrap was delicious. A perfect portion. The chicken was really tender and juicy. Great sauce and of course pickles. Really, really good. Ask for extra napkins. There was juice running out the bottom but I think that is the sign of perfectly cooked chicken.

I ordered the tabouleh and could hardly eat any as we had so much food. So, we packed that up and took it home as well. And, it too was better with age. So, have them pack that up for later.

Our server was very friendly. The decor is very nice. And, I hear they have live belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights. This is a great dining experience from the first thing that hits your table. If you are in or near Flint, find Taboon and treat yourself!

five golden forks out of five!

1 comment:

Stephen H. Gerstacker said...

That place opened near the end of my schooling in Flint. Absolutely amazing!