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Cafe: Spices Mediterranean Kitchen

When it comes to work week cooking we're with Food Critic Michele Laudig. After slaving away on blogs we'd rather let someone else handle feeding us. So we're taking Laudig's recommendation and checking out Spices Mediterranean Kitchen.

Food Critic Michele Laudig on Spices Mediterranean Kitchen: 

The offerings aren't expansive, but they aren't entirely predictable, either. Sure, you can find standards like falafel and gyros at countless Mediterranean restaurants in the Valley, but what about Israeli treats like bourekas, labni, or -- in all seriousness -- French fries? Yep, they sure do eat a lot of fries in Jerusalem, and you'll find them listed right along with hummus and pita at Spices.

And speaking of hummus and pita, those were the obvious choices to start the meal. The flatbread was big, warm, and floury, while the super-smooth hummus, scattered with pine nuts, served as an edible reservoir for a nice portion of flavorful olive oil. A richer variation, topped with a mix of lamb and beef shawarma, was good enough to fill up on...full story