Falafel Guy found
Don't get too excited. I haven't found a falafel cart yet for Joe Surkiewicz, who is pining for one near his City Halll-area office.
But I did find Falafel Guy, the JFX farmers' market vendor I've been missing since the market closed for the season last fall. Where I found him made me think there's more money in falafel than I'd imagined.
Falafel Guy is wintering in Vail.
It's not really as posh as it sounds. Falafel Guy, aka Adam Kandel, followed a friend out to Colorado. He's working as a ski lift operator.
The 29-year-old from Hamilton promises he'll be back in Baltimore before the Sunday market starts up again in spring. It will be his fifth season there.Meanwhile, there is a way to get your hands on one of his wraps without flying to Vail.
No, there are no strawberries in the sandwiches this time of year. But shredded beets, carrots, purple cabbage and local hothouse arugula keep the chickpea croquettes company inside a soft wrap.
Everything but the wraps -- those are purchased the day they're baked at a Middle East Bakery in Beltsville -- is made from scratch with organic ingredients. They even grind sesame seeds to make their own tahini. The sandwiches are vegan, unless customers take the optional honey condiment. As an animal product, honey is not vegan, Kandel noted.
(Am I the last one to learn that vegans don't eat honey? Don't bees make honey and live in cramped quarters in nature? I mean, the bee hive is the original factory farm, in a good way. But I digress.)
The sandwiches cost $8 at the JFX market, a little less in the off season at Waverly. How much less? Kandel didn't want to give me the price because he doesn't want the JFX crowd to expect the winter price.
I'll try to get over to his stand at the Waverly market to find out -- and grab a great lunch at any price.