Spontaneity, it’s what makes life fun and occasionally makes for irresponsible decisions. I swear sometimes the thought “that’s for future Soni to worry about” crosses my mind. Usually, it’s somewhere after “sure, I’ll go out tonight” and before “shots shots shots!”. It’s the same spontaneity that assured me it was a good idea to get my eyebrows threaded over my lunch break.
As I was walking out the door, my colleague rushed up to me and asked that I stop at Zucchini to grab him a coconut water. He was hungover after a heavy night at K1 that ended at around 5:30AM. Henry, my colleague, swears by the coconut water from Zucchini and it’s ability to cure hangovers. I agreed to grab the coconut water for him and headed out the door.
Fast forward to ABC Place, there I was in Zucchini’s check out aisle at 1:30PM my entire forehead region red from threading with coconut water in hand, ready to go. As I stood in line, I saw a young woman at the bar counter going in on a falafel. Her head was down, her face deep in her Middle Eastern sandwich, barely coming up for air. It was beautiful. I wanted to be her. I had to have a falafel.
I decided not to interrupt her falafel frenzy nor ask one of the many staff for assistance (I’m grown) and slinked out of the queue to find the falafel stand. I meandered around the store, taking it all in. I’ve never ventured past the salad bar at Zucchini and never knew it has some great gourmet food products. I didn’t find a falafel stand but I did find a Tiramisu!
I’ve wanted to try out Tiramisu for a while now, I thought their only branch was at Village Market. I’ve heard it has amazing desserts and pastries and I’m a sucker for something sweet. I asked the friendly lady behind the counter what her favourite muffin was praying she’d say Double Chocolate Chip… She said Banana Walnut. Fail. I got the Banana Walnut as per her suggestion and a Mixed Berry muffin for the boyfriend.
I headed back to the check out counter, muffins and coconut water in hand. As I got to the front of the queue, I found the glass case with falafel toppings directly to the right of the register. A sign said ‘half a falafel for Ksh 300’ and I noticed a vast array of toppings. Anyone who knows me knows I love ‘make it yourself’ style food. I got half a falafel with brown pita bread, all the toppings, and chili to top it off. To my pleasant surprise, they made the falafel fresh! When it finally got to me, it was hot and smelled delicious.
I pulled up a seat at the bar counter where falafel frenzy lady had sat earlier. I slowly unwrapped the falafel, careful not to spill any of the overflowing toppings. I took the first big bite of warm falafel, it was so good. The ingredients were fresh, the flavours tasted authentic and everything was well seasoned. The falafel, as most Middle Eastern food, had a lot of garlic in it and left that garlic taste in my mouth. Don’t order this if you’re planning on a hot make out session shortly thereafter.
Head down, face deep in my falafel, one hand on the sandwich, one hand on my phone to look less crazed, I was in my happy place. Half a falafel filled me right up! I couldn’t even eat my Tiramisu muffin. For such a filling meal, the price point wasn’t bad either.
I walked out of Zuchinni red faced and extremely happy.
I finally ate my Banana Walnut muffin this morning. It was glorious. Light, fluffy, and worth all the hype. I could taste the ‘love & laughter’ that went into making the muffin. The banana flavour wasn’t too strong, I would’ve liked some banana bits in there but it was still great! I’m sure it’s not too healthy but the ‘Banana Walnut’ title allowed me to indulge guilt-free.
Some of you might be thinking “but wait! What about Henry?!” Henry made it through the day. He got his coconut water and was cured. My face on the other hand, was still red and a little inflamed when I got to the office. No one said anything, maybe it was out of courtesy, or maybe it just wasn’t as bad as I imagined. Either way, it was a good food day, so you’ll hear no complaints from me.