Falafel Yo!: Authentic Israeli Cuisine For The Discerning Foodie

Have you visited yet the new falafel place in town? The Best Falafel Sammie in the City. Discerning palates can now enjoy traditional Israeli cuisine at Falafel Yo!,  a new restaurant offering fresh, authentic, healthy, and delicious falafel.

Did you know that Falafel plays an iconic role in Israeli cuisine and is widely considered to be the national dish of the country? Is is a popular street food made with mashed chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), parsley, coriander, garlic, and other Mediterranean spices.

The General Manager of Falafel Yo!, Guy Mann, grew up eating the Israeli treat and wants to share that experience with Filipinos. He aims to preserve the traditional recipes and methods that have been refined and passed down from generation to generation.

During the media event last June 30, 2017, attendees have tried to taste and eat the Falafel Yo beverages and delicious falafel sandwiches. Before the event, I was already craving of their Falafel sandwiches and beverages. I was greatly served with Falafel Yo (P159) sandwich and Lemongrass Juice (P95). For me, the food is fresh, authentic, health and delicious. Of course, their tangy Lemongrass Juice is a perfect refresher for the Manila heat.

Falafel Yo
Lemongrass Juice

Usually served in a pita bread with a choice of vegetables, hummus, and tahini sauce, falafel is perfect for holding and snacking on the move.

Falafel Yo serves 3 different sandwiches – the Falafel Yo (P195), Falafelito (P99), and Falafel Beast (P189).

The Yo is their traditional take on the Israeli sandwich. With 6 deep-fried falafel balls stuffed in a chewy pita bread lined with different vegetables, it’s healthy and filling meal. The Falafelito is smaller version of the Yo made specifically for kids that also makes for a quick snack. It comes with fries and no chili. The Falafel Beast veers away from tradition in that it combines beef and chickpeas for the falafel balls.

“The Beast was something that our team developed to try and innovative the traditional falafel – mixing beef and chickpeas for a flavor that was classic and familiar and yet very different,” Guy shares.

Aside from falafel sandwiches, customers can enjoy salads or add-ons like fried eggplant, homemade hummus, pickled onions (or sumac), roasted green chillies, cabbage, lettuce, and a Mediterranean tomato and cucumber mix. Falafel Yo also boasts homemade dips to go with their sandwiches – the amba, a sour yellow sauce made of mango, cumin, and turmeric, and the tahini, which is a mix of sesame seeds, coriander, and parsley.

Falafel Yo is located at the 3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center in Makati. Situated on the cinema level, with a space that can fit only a few tables and chairs, they aim to provide affordable and hearty munchies for diners and movie-goers. Look out for more branches in the future as Guy and team are also planning on opening more branches within the year, and are targeting SM City North EDSA Annex and Vertis North as possible locations.

Learn more about Falafel Yo! at www.facebook.com/FalafelYo/

TECHtonic 2017: Manila Tech Convention Will Unite Startups, Investors, and Tech Aficionados

TECHtonic 2017: Manila Tech Convention will unite local and international tech entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, and private corporations on July 29 – 30, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City from 10:00am  6:00pm.

The theme of the event is “Culture for the Future” that aims to mirror large tech and innovation startup conferences in neighboring countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Hongkong , where several young entrepreneurs are becoming more and more active in putting up startup ventures in the many different fields of technology. Tech subfields like “fintech” (finance technology), “health tech” (health technology), “adtech” (advertising technology), and “edutech” (education technology) have been floating buzz words over the recent years in this space. A good number of entrepreneurs are solving many the world’s current problems through these breakthrough technologies.

Access to capital and resources needed to accelerate business growth have always been abundant, but there are not enough avenues through which founders, investors, and related groups can connect and network . Positioned to be the Philippines’ largest event targeting the country’s emerging startup scene, TECHtonic provides just that – an event that not only highlights new technologies and innovative products, but also allows for interactions that facilitate the flow of business deals.

Startup entrepreneurs shall be given a chance to battle it out with other startups in a pitching competition called “Startup Arena” where they get to pitch their pioneering business ideas to a prudently nominated panel investors. Startups who will emerge victorious shall be given equity-free prize money and the opportunity to be mentored by seasoned tech entrepreneurs as they work to grow their business.

Confirmed sponsors and exhibitors as of writing compromise of the following companies: Promate, Eastern Communications, House of Manila, Belmont & Winford Hotels, Telnovo, DMAIPH, Aquabest, Fly Ace Corporation, Allocacoc, Mediacast, Citi, Argon Animation Inc, Mega Cellular Network, Vuewin, Transportify, eGrub.net, Evapolar, Loudbasstard, Centrex, YouthHack, Conference.PH, Dotweblabs, U2TV Medic, HERTZ, Snippet Media and powered by PLDT Home with Hotel Partners Belmont, Winford, Hotel 101, Microtel, Privato and Heroes Hotel.

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