Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

If Frying Chickpeas Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right

Well, drains still plugged. But at least I had a kick butt workout and ate falafel! Life could be way worse.


Dude…if frying chickpeas is wrong, I don’t want to be right. THIS WAS SO FREAKING GOOD!!!!!!!!! Memories of L’arc du Falafel in Paris ran through my head (think I’ll write that chapter in the book later today, actually!) and I was in fried chickpea heaven. These were huge though and I left one behind on the plate…but ate everything else. Perfect tahini sauce, too! yummm!!! A huge thank you to Anna for the suggestion!
Yoga was great too. Lots of jumping chairs, leaping crow poses, double chatarungas and handstands to wheel against the wall…plus many a crunch! I chomped on a pear and half of this bar pre-bootcamp:
Off to run more errands and hang out at the Honda dealership while my oil is changed and my tires are rotated. Good times!

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  • devon
    January 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Oh my… That looks AMAZING! I think I need some NOW!

  • Evan Thomas
    January 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    That does sound awesome! But I’ve had those amazing grass bars and I have to think they’re even better

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    January 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Did you make these? Looks fab… might be in my near future for serious!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    January 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Oh gosh does that look good! Chickpeas are my FAVORITE! I want to go back to Paris NOW!

  • Marianne
    January 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    OMG, falafel is the best.thing.ever.
    I officially have a craving!

  • Mama Pea
    January 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Falafel. Drool. The baked version just is nowhere near as good as some good old fried chickpea patties.

  • Lola
    January 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    LOOKS GOOOOOOOOD. I’m a chickpea chick, myself.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Wow this has inspired a falafel craving!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    The falafel sounds incredible!! I prefer them fried!

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    January 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Holy moly lady, that looks great! I think I have a box of falafel mix calling my name!

  • michelle
    January 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Have you had the Trinidad specialty called doubles? It’s only for chickpea lovers. I made it this summer and it’s chickpea crack.

  • Karla
    January 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm


  • michelle
    January 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Have you had the Trinidad specialty called doubles? It’s only for chickpea lovers. I made it this summer and it’s chickpea crack.

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    January 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    That falafel looks amazing! I don’t know how you stay so skinny! Maybe I should look in to doing more yoga 😉

  • Jenna
    January 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Yummy falafel!

  • ellen eats beets
    January 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Falafel wraps are soooooooooo good. I’m literally drawn to them when they are on the menu!

  • Abbey
    January 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    i must say i DIED laughing when i saw the title of this blog entry LOL!! Jenna I didn’t know you were so funny!!!! You should incorporate more humor into your blog, you are funny!! Hope you have a lovely night! 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Fried chickpeas do sound incredible!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    i love falafel…and the title of this post! have fun at honda 🙂

  • Anne
    January 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    That falafel place in Paris is amazing — it completely converted me. Where did you find those lovelies? SF or north?

  • Lauren
    January 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    mmmmm falafel!! I need to make some soon.

  • Chelsea
    January 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Jenna! I read your blog everyday but haven’t commented yet :O
    But the mention of L’As Du falafel in Paris totally got me! I am totally obsessed with that place and when I lived in Paris I would find any excuse to go there! And before that I didn’t even like falafel! Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking of it… it’s been 6 years since I’ve been back!!

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    January 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Falafel! I had a falafel fail the other night. Mine didn’t turn out nearly as good as those look. Tasted yummy, though!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Falafel, fried chickpeas, double chatarungas. It all sounds splendid to me. Good luck with the drain! Plumbing can be a real b*tch!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    January 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    falafel…….. I don’t even know how to word my love.

  • Jil
    January 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Ahh! Falafel – my one true love. I agree with you…I wouldn’t want to be right either. haha 🙂 They look amazing!

  • Kristi
    January 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Your pictures always make me so hungry – the falafel looks amazing!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    January 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I love the amazing grass drink mixes … but I can’t make myself like those bars … something funny about the taste! I am going to keep trying though – because they are so healthy!!

  • Shell
    January 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I totally had falafel tonight too. Ha. Unfortunately since we moved to Toledo, we have only one restaurant that has it. So my fiance made the box stuff tonight. But even that was great! Cheers to falafel night!

  • Kelly B.
    January 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I have got to try those Amazing green bars…everyone talks about them and they get mixed reviews across the blog world. I need to just try it for myself! 🙂

  • Kelly B.
    January 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I have got to try those Amazing green bars…everyone talks about them and they get mixed reviews across the blog world. I need to just try it for myself! 🙂

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health
    January 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering as we speak!

  • Melanie
    January 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Oh falafel how I love thee… My husband and I went to L’As du Falafel in Paris and I fell head over heels. It was AMAZING!!! So flavorful and so satisfying. Loved the little restaurant too. We ended that meal with an ice cream cone from Bertillhon. Sigh…I want to go back!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Mmmmmm…looks SO good! Did you fry them in olive oil?

  • Nicole
    January 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    the l’arc or the l’as… i went to the l’as du falafel and OMGGGGGG!!!!! YUMtastic! I don’t wanna be right either = )

  • Katie T
    January 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Oh my god, I swear that L’As du Falafel was my FAVORITE part about Paris. I went twice, and I was only there for 5 days! I’m planning a trip back to Europe this summer, and falafel is most definitely on the agenda!

  • Anais
    January 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Falafel is so delicious, and I’ve been meaning to make some! Just make sure you spell it L’As (and not l’arc) 🙂

    My friend who lives in Paris goes and eats there everywhere, and I’m so totally jealous (still dream about how delicious it was…)

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    January 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I have never had falafel. It looks so good though. When I first read your title I thought it say ‘If flying chickpeas is wrong”.. hahha

  • hungryforbalance.wordpress.com
    January 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    That falafel looks soooo good! Have you ever made your own? And what could be more fun and blissfull than yoga poses like handstand and leaping crow!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    January 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I went to Israel back in 2005 and that was my first falafel experience…WOW! you’ll never taste anything as good as the authentic middle eastern stuff.

  • katherine
    January 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Good falafel is so hard to come by, but it’s so amazing when it’s done right!!

  • Jenna
    January 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Wow, fried chickpeas! Never thought of it! Must try!

  • Jenna
    January 19, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Ok, feel dumb. Didn’t make the falafel connection! Now I really need to try one!

  • The Paris Food Blague
    January 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    haha, loved the name of this post. so true!

    THANK YOU for the shout-out for l’As du Falafel. seriously, that place makes me swoon.

    a plus!

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    January 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I cried looking at that picture. ::slow clap::

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Those bars ROCK!!!!

  • Stef
    January 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    those falafels looks perfect! the idea of fried chickpeas must have been sent from above

  • Becky
    January 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    YUM! I would have taken the leftover!

  • amanda
    January 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    wow that falafel looks so awesome!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    January 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    When I’m doing yoga and the first standing split makes me cry, I think of you. And then I feel extra ashamed of myself. 😉 Just picking, you’re a little bit inspiring.

  • Heather (The Single Dish)
    January 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Love love love falafel! Did you make that? yummy.

  • Run Sarah
    January 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Loveee falafels! So good!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    That falafel looks AMAZING — soooo good! I used to get great falafel sandwiches from a streetcart in London. Oh my… bringing back the memories now. 😀

  • Brittany
    January 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I don’t want to be right either. That falafel looks absolutely delicious. I want a bite right now!

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    January 19, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    The yoga sounds amazing!

    Hope your drains are cleaned out soon!!


  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    The falafel looks delicious. None that great around Carmel. Up in San Francisco, lots. In Paris there’s a falafel place where people line-up down the street.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    January 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I LOVE falafel. I should figure out how to make a homemade version. Plus, really what isn’t good with tahini? 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    January 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Falafel has been one of my favorite foods since childhood, and I need to make it more often – it’s soooo good.

  • Brittany
    January 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Falafel’s are great and saying the word “falafel” is pretty fun too!

  • Mandy
    January 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Mmm i love falafels. I don’t wanna be right either.

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris
    January 20, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I think you mean L’As du Falafel, in the Marais. I heart that place too…. I was thinking of making some this week and you totally convinced me!

  • Kristen
    January 20, 2010 at 7:20 am

    If you are ever back in NYC you must check out Taim Falafel and Smoothie in the West Village. So good!!

  • Jen @ Jen Madigan Photography
    January 20, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Love falafel! There’s an amazing place here that I adore, I need to make a trip there soon after seeing this post!

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    January 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I LOOOVE those amazing grass bars. Falafel freaks me out a little. There are a millllllion falafel-focused places in NYC that peopel love for lunch/dinner/drunk food but I’ve never even tried them. I might have to…