Monday, April 21, 2008

America’s Falafel

McDonald’s is America’s Falafel.

Our McDonald's is Falafel.

How I wish that things remained this way!

Instead we have opted to replace our highly nutritious fast food with pure garbage. Junk food with fancy names offering processed to death meat, chicken that looks like it had just gone through cosmetic surgery, and food that is high in calorie and low in everything else.

I am always happy to see the kings of Shawerma and Falafel doing so well. Even if this means traffic jams at the first or the third circles in Jebel Amman. What I see in this jam is a tradition that is still alive in this part of town….a tradition that is dying in many parts of Amman….a tradition that has offered us human food for humane prices.

We grew up accustomed to falafel and humus during some evenings and for breakfast on many Fridays….I hope we do not lose this very dear part of our lives for the sake of some fancy clown parachuting on us in the name of globalization and free trade.