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!