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Master Falafel ماستر فلافل: How many different types of falafel?!

Master falafel is a relatively new restaurant located on Monroe Avenue. The restaurant serves real authentic Syrian comfort food to all Rochesterians, with of course, a special emphasis on falafel (one of my favorite foods and favorite words).

I absolutely love the Master Falafel logo!

Ok first thing: their website is so aesthetic!

Next, let's meet the master (taken directly from the website):

"Meet the Master

Hi, I’m Khaled, and I’m the owner of Master Falafel! I am originally from Homs, Syria, but proudly living as a local in Rochester, NY. My passion is cooking and sharing meals with people I love. My dream has always been to open a restaurant where I can prepare and showcase my adoration for the comfort food from my country. My greatest hope is that you get a taste of my heart in everything you eat. I take great pride in my recipes and hope you can feel the passion with every bite!"

After reading this and seeing the website, I knew I had to give this place a try! The menu boasts many different types of falafel, like sesame falafel, spicy falafel, and even cheese stuff'd falafel! But I decided to stay simple and stick with a falafel pita wrap with a side of hummus. Everything was delicious, and it transported me straight to Syria. I can't wait to return and take a little risk, try different types of falafel for the first time! So exciting!

A hearty, filling falafel wrap with all the fixings: the perfect comfort food!

This falafel is from the Arabic speaking world, specifically from Syria, where they speak the Levantine dialect. Historically, Aramaic was spoken in Syria by Assyrians and many still speak it today. Arabic is an underrated language that can expose us to the most beautiful parts of the world ranging from Morocco all the way to Iraq. The Aramaic language--the language that Jesus Christ himself spoke way back in the day-- is endangered but has recently made a comeback in Syria. Read more here:

بخاطرَك Bkhatrak(Goodbye in the Levantine dialect)

-The Linguistic Foodie :)

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