Eating Out: Shaloha Pita

Eating Out: Shaloha Pita

Yesterday, we tried a brand new to us, little hole in the wall eatery that my husband spotted on Yelp. It’s called Shaloha Pita, and we loved it. I read on their website that the name is a combination of Shalom and Aloha. Peace and love. Two of my very favorite things. If you like Israeli/Mediterranean food, you need to stop in to their little shop on Waialae.

When we went in, we were actually greeted by the owner. I love going to little locally owned places for exactly this reason. We got to chat with him about his food, and it was clear that he takes great pride in it. Everything is made from scratch with organic ingredients, and their pita is made on site, daily, with no preservatives or shelf life extenders. He let us sample some with their hummus and pita, and it was so fresh. 

Eating Out: Shaloha Pita

I told the owner about my weird vegetable aversion, and he said “Just tell me what you like, and we’ll make it for you.” It was awesome. I got a fresh pita, loaded with hummus and falafel, which probably sounds boring. It was exactly what I wanted, though. That’s good service. Next time I’ll probably get this deconstructed because I definitely had hummus all over my face.

I also tried their lemonana, which is a mint infused lemonade. It’s not heavily sweetened, so I found it very refreshing. It’s the only drink they make, but it’s definitely worth trying. 

Eating Out: Shaloha Pita

Geoff got the Shakshuka, which is poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. He said it was flavorful and juicy. He devoured the whole thing, and this was not a meager portion. He was talking about how great it was on Facebook that night. I think we’ll definitely be going back.

We visited on meatless Monday, so I know Geoff is eager to try the shawarma, and I’d like to take the chicken schnitzel for a spin. 

They do have some seating inside, including a beautiful wooden picnic table, but space is limited. If you go there, you might want to at least have a plan b for take out. I’m hoping they’ll become much busier in the coming months. The prices were great (we paid just over $20 for both of us), and the food was fresh. The owner and staff were enthusiastic about the food and made you want to try everything. I’m looking forward to visiting again and trying something new.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

You guys!!!! It’s so hot! We had 81% humidity the other day. It was like you could drink the air. And between having no air conditioner and now no fridge, life in our house has been nearly unbearable. You can’t even grab a cold drink to cool yourself down. Cooking? What? No way!

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

In the summer, we eat a lot of chips and hummus. Actually, it’s not just summer, but it’s especially convenient for times when you’d rather get a root canal than turn on your oven. Out here in the middle of the ocean, you can usually expect to pay at least $5 for a medium-sized container, which isn’t horrible, but a can of chickpeas costs a whole lot less, and chances are, you won’t have to buy many other ingredients to make your very own hummus, exactly to your liking, and with no weird, unpronouncable ingredients.

The trick to making perfect and cheap hummus at home is to use peanut butter instead of tahini. No need to buy anything exotic that you’re never going to use on anything else. Skip that expensive jar of sesame paste, and use peanut butter instead. The same stuff you spread on your toast will work fine. Throw everything in your food processor, and blend like crazy. Greek yogurt helps to smooth everything out, and I love using fresh lemon juice to really brighten the flavor. You can customize this any way you like. It’s an excellent, easy hummus base to just get crazy with.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus from Awesome on 20

We like to dip corn chips because they’re cheap and we usually have some in the pantry, but this stuff is good on almost anything. Save some money, get creative, and make your own hummus. And for god’s sake, don’t turn on the oven.

Easy Peanut Butter Hummus
Serves 4
It's so simple to make your own hummus at home, and you can save money by using peanut butter instead of tahini.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can chickpeas aka garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  2. 1 clove garlic, peeled
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  5. Juice of half a lemon (I added a bit more after tasting because I like my hummus very bright)
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin
  8. 3 to 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  9. A drizzle of olive oil
  10. A sprinkling of paprika
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, peanut butter, lemon juice, salt, and cumin to the bowl of your food processor. Turn it on and let it spin until everything is combined. I let it go probably a minute. It will still be a bit rough at this point.
  2. Add the Greek yogurt and process again for another minute. Taste for flavor and consistency. If you want it smoother, add in a bit more yogurt. Adjust seasonings to your liking.
  3. Transfer hummus to a serving dish and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika. Get out of the kitchen, and feast.
Notes
  1. No need to chop the garlic. Let the food processor do what it does.
  2. If you prefer your hummus super smooth, you could spend a hundred years removing all the skins from each individual bean. I find it doesn't make a very noticeable difference. Just process an extra 30 seconds.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
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