Before I tell you what I have discovered that has made me so happy, I need to give a bit of background.
My favorite food is Mexican food, and in the US I eat it quite frequently. Ok, that’s out of the way. Moving on.
As for French food, it’s a bit like French people. Wonderful, amazing, nary a flaw, and nothing to complain about. And yet, missing some spice, some pop, some sabor. An example: one of my favorite foods I’ve eaten in France is by far mussels. Michel makes them every now and then and I’ll be darned if they’re not the best you’ve ever had. One night as I was devouring them, Liliana commented on how much I love them. “You like spicy food don’t you?” You’re probably thinking, “Wait. Mussels aren’t spicy.” Exactly.
I’ve been missing a bit of spice in my life. I was hoping in France there would be a lot of halal* food stands, like in NYC. (Those $4 gyros are the best thing about NYC.) Toulouse is so close to North Africa after all. But alas, I haven’t seen that many. But then yesterday I stumbled across an Algerian restaurant that sells kebabs on the street, and I knew I had to try it. Heaven. So today I went back and honestly I would be happy eating there everyday for the next 5 weeks.
Let me walk you through it.
First I walk past this beautiful building:
Then I turn the corner:
Then I order this:
Then I take it here to eat:
Lunchtime just got upgraded.
*For my family – “Halal” is the Muslim equivalent of Kosher.