Mediterranean Craving

By the end of our third day in the LA area, my Dad and I were both too tired to complain about LA traffic. We both had a long and eventful day, and wanted needed to get something to eat, quick.

We were staying in the Pasadena area, and I had found yet another veggie-friendly place to check out. By the time we got to the area it was supposed to be in though, we noticed that they were either closed on the weekday we chose to make their presence, or they were closed for good.

Seeing as we were both too tired to find a similar restaurant some place else, I went with my gut and noticed I felt hungry for Mediterranean food. Thankfully, this place was right across the street ready to appease my craving.

Pita Jungle Menu

I actually didn’t know it then, but Pita Jungle is not unique to Cali. While they have three locations in California, they are all over Arizona.

The restaurant itself was very spacious, and the brick walls reminded me of an Italian Restaurant/Pizzeria for some reason.

Spacious in Pita Jungle.

The tables were clean and slick.

Tabletop

Our waitress was all smiles when she came to take our orders. I was really craving hummus and baba ghanoush, but after I looked over the pita section, and after reading that any chicken or beef can be replaced with tofu, I decided on the Philly Chicken Tofu Pita. My Dad stole my original idea and ordered something off the Starters section of the menu—the Mediterranean Antipasto Platter.

It was a busy weeknight, so our wait was semi-long. Perhaps it felt longer because we were getting hungrier and hungrier as time passed.

View from the Bathroom Hallway

After waiting in line to use the restroom, I gave up and hoped that our food was ready. Indeed it was.

My pita sandwich. I have to admit that I did NOT eat it “properly”. Even though I had a pita sandwich craving, I attacked the filling with a fork and finished off the pita bread by itself. No matter which way you choose to eat this though, it is a sandwich that would be enjoyed by most, if not all!

Grilled marinated chicken breast, bell peppers, sauteed onions, topped with Swiss cheese and wood-fired in a Greek pita.

Grilled marinated chicken breast White tofu cubes, bell peppers, sauteed onions, topped with Swiss cheese and wood-fired in a Greek pita.

My Dad’s Mediterranean Antipasto Platter was worth being jealous over…

Hummus, baba ganoosh, tzatziki, taboule, feta cheese, dolmades, falafel, ratatouille and two pitas.

Hummus, baba ganoush, tzatziki, taboule, feta cheese, dolmades, falafel, ratatouille and two pitas.

…but he was gracious and let me help myself to some of the samplings. Baba ghanoush and hummus cravings: annihilated.

Dinner concluded with some froyo from Pinkberry. For some reason, my family and friends prefer self-serve over the Pinkberry style of service where an employee makes a cup for you. I like both types of froyo services, so I find it hard to wrap my head around the notion of someone not loving Pinkberry. Especially when you have the option of getting peanut butter froyo with mochi and dark chocolate crispies as toppings!!

PB Froyo with Mochi and Dark Choco Crispies!

I guess the recent Mediterranean dining experience I had stuck with me the few days following the trip, since I wanted to recreate the baba ghanoush I sampled from the Mediterranean Antipasto Platter. Unfortunately, we had no eggplant in the house over the weekend, but we had a plentiful amount of chow chow squash :P!

Well, it sufficed.

Chow Chow Ghanoush

Chow Chow Ganoush with Flatbread and Apple

 

Ingredients

  • 1 chow chow, steamed
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Olive oil for sautéing

Directions

  • Blend chow chow, garbanzo beans, salt, and lemon juice in blender to fine consistency.
  • Sauté chopped onion and garlic in olive oil and garnish.  Add to the previous blend.
  • Sprinkle with pepper.
  • Enjoy with some pita bread :)!

Chow Chow Ganoush

It may have come out more watery than regular baba ganoush, but it was pretty good substitute :).

Pita Jungle on Urbanspoon

What’s your fav Med. condiment: hummus, baba ganoush, or tzatziki?

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16 comments

  1. Ameena says:

    Funny how I lived in LA for a zillion years but never visited this restaurant. Looks delicious!

    Interested in what else you liked / disliked about LA? (And yes, the traffic is horrendous.)

    • P says:

      I love how there is such a copious amount of vegan restaurants—it’s crazy!
      While I do love the sun, ocean, and superb weather, I still have to give NY a shot ;)

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