Street food in a box

Most prepackaged falafel taste more like cardboard than like the authentic version of this Middle Eastern street food. But these from Falafel Republic are surprisingly fluffy and delicious.
Most prepackaged falafel taste more like cardboard than like the authentic version of this Middle Eastern street food. But these from Falafel Republic are surprisingly fluffy and delicious.
Posted: September 09, 2010

Most prepackaged falafel taste more like cardboard than like the authentic version of this Middle Eastern street food.

But these from Falafel Republic are surprisingly fluffy and delicious, made of mashed chickpeas, fava beans, onions, and spices. Just zap them in the microwave and add your own tzatziki sauce. Vegan and gluten-free.

- Maureen Fitzgerald

Package of 9 one-ounce balls, $5.99 at local Giant supermarkets.

Cherries in chocolate

John & Kira's chocolates return to the local farmers markets after a respite from the heat. Among the new offerings in their new fall line-up are these: a dried, tart cherry, enveloped in Valrhona dark chocolate with a touch of brandy. Just fabulous!

- M.F.

John & Kira's Chocolate Cherries, 9 pieces, $29, at Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal at 12th and Arch; also at local farmers markets including Rittenhouse Square and Headhouse.

Decorate like a pro

This battery-powered decorating pen from Kuhn Rikon makes simple work of borders and birthday wishes. With 6 different decorating tips and three cartridges for different colors.

- M.F.

Frosting Deco Pen, $29.99 at Sur La Table, Marlton or King of Prussia, or online at www.surlatable.com.

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