Dinner: Spinach Filo Pastries

Dinner: Spinach Filo PastriesDinner: Spinach Filo Pastries

I made some spinach filo pastries for the first time last night and they came out pretty well considering this is my first time working with filo dough. I definitely don’t have the patience for it because it kept tearing.

The filling was easy to make and other than tasting a bit too savory (is there such a thing??) was good. It was a combination of chopped up spinach, firm tofu, cashews, sauteed onion, cremini mushrooms, garlic, and nutritional yeast all thrown into the food processor with some olive oil and salt.

Dinner: “Meatball” sub

Dinner: Meatball sub

The BF made this delicious vegan meatball (from Trader Joe’s) sub sandwich for dinner last night. It had rapini and garlic paste as well as pizza sauce. It seemed like a quick and easy to make dinner since the meatballs and sauce were pre-made, but it still tasted good.

Hummus Bar and Grill

I’ve been meaning to try Hummus Bar and Grill for a few weeks after reading about it in a Chowhound post. The main attraction at Hummus Bar and Grill are the small sampler plates (usually you get 8-10 varieties). You can get them with your main meal at the cost of $6 extra, or you can have then as your main for $10. Refills of any of the samples as well as the bread are free.

Hummus Bar and Grill

We got an assortment of plum tomato salad, tabouli, baba ghanouj, chopped liver paste (more delicious than it sounds), egg salad (fantastic), carrot salad, beet salad, roasted eggplant with tahini, pickled cauliflower, and a bunch of other things I can’t remember the name to, but were equally as delicious. My favorite was the egg salad and chopped liver plates.
Hummus Bar and Grill

The BF ordered the regular hummus, which was rich and creamy. It seems a bit expensive to charge $7 for a plate of hummus, but it was delicious. A little heavy on the extra tahini in the middle, but that can be avoided.
Hummus Bar and Grill

I was starving when I got there, so I became a bit of a glutton when I ordered. I should have just ordered the assortment of salads because those were more than enough, but I ended up ordering a skewer of sweetbreads with a side of mashed potatoes and cabbage salad ($10). This was the first time I had sweetbreads and based on this, I don’t think I like it. There was an iron-like organ-meat taste, which I usually like, but also a fatty richness and tough chewiness which in combination didn’t work so well for me. The mashed potatoes were good and chunky, the way I like it, but I could have gone without the cabbage salad.

In hindsight, I would have been happier sticking with just eating the salad assortment. The fresh baked flat-bread that came with it was fantastic: chewy and crispy in all the right places. The service was pretty mediocre and we had to wait a long time between bread refills, but the food is worth it.

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Hummus Bar and Grill
18743 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana CA
(818) 344-6606