brain in spain

my head has been in the clouds these past few days. i wish i was on a plane going somewhere really great. span back to me sitting in a cubicle in san francisco.. womp wooomp.

it’s been four years since i was in barcelona eating a chicken shawarma, choosing between a chipotle-style mediterranean assortments of toppings to add into my fourth meal. shaved meat, tatziki, sriracha, cucumber, paper thin slices of tomato, lettuce, red onion, parsley salsa, falafel, hummus… thrown into a fluffy pita wrap so that i may be on my way.


on my way home i made two decisions: 1. i will make a vegetarian shawarma as soon as i get home and 2. i will start planning my next trip abroad. i did make that shawarma, and it was delicious. observe:


[this gif works for me, does it work for you? if not, click it]


vegetarian shawarma

1 cup lentils cooked in vegetable broth instead of water

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon paprika

1 bay leaf

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup + 5 tablespoons non-fat greek yogurt

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, separated

2 tablespoons tahini




red onion


pita or whole wheat tortilla

1. after draining lentils, cook them in a saucepan with paprika, coriander, 1 teaspoon cumin, cayenne, bay leaf, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, and 5 tablespoons non-fat greek yogurt. cook until the there are no more liquids, about 10 minutes on medium heat.

2. meanwhile, make your sauce. combine 1/4 cup non-fat greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1 tablespoon water, and 2 tablespoons tahini.

3. heat your tortilla or pita in the toaster or pan.

3. build your shawarma! [see gif]

**any suggestions for my next destination?**



  1. such memories! i think this past few years have been my longest streak without visiting bcn.
    next stop…thailand? india?

    1. ugh, i know! seriously considering going back to bcn. thailand is a GREAT idea.. putting it on the board! thanks elise 🙂

  2. I’d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually perform! I enjoy reading a write-up that will make people think. Also, thanks for enabling me to comment!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: