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A couple of days ago, I attended a quick lunch with several Vancouver blogger friends. I met with Kevin from 604Foodtography, Ben from Chowtimes, and Ed from Ededition. We went to La Taqueria, a tacos restaurant on West Hasting, Vancouver. They serve small tacos which are really good though. All of us concurred. After having a quick bite at the tacos place, Kevin suggested that we drop by Nuba a Lebanese restaurant for some meze. We found out later that Kevin’s intention was to try out Nuba’s famous Deep-fried Cauliflower dish. So, we tried their deep-fried cauliflower, hummus, and lamb kafta. These two restaurants are located at Gastown area in downtown Vancouver.

Anyway, after the lunch, I headed back to La Taqueria for some take-away tacos for my kids. Here are some photographs of the tacos. They are small, aren’t they? Ha Ha!

After trying the hummus from Nuba restaurant, I thought I would have a go at making my own hummus over the weekend. I was also encouraged as all the ingredients required were readily available at home too. Made my day, a successful try at making my own hummus. Great tasting homemade hummus with a nice smoky flavor from the roasted garlic. We enjoyed the hummus with crackers and with some warm pita bread. Happy day indeed :-)

(Printable Recipe)


1 Tin (540 ml/19 Fl oz) Chickpeas, drained and reserved 5 Tbsp Liquid
2 Tbsp Tahini
2 Cloves Roasted Garlic
Juice of 1 Lemon (about 4 Tbsp)
1 tsp Ground Cumin
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
Sea Salt to taste
Flat Leaves Parsley, chopped


In a food processor, combine chickpeas, reserved liquid, Tahini, roasted garlic, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil, and cayenne pepper and process until thick and smooth. Season the hummus with sea salt and some extra lemon juice, if necessary.

Top the hummus with a few drizzle of olive oil, paprika and some chopped parsley. Serve at room temperature with some pita breads and crackers.


  1. Mike from Manchester EnglandDecember 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Is Habibi's still going in Vancouver? We were there in 2002, and it was paradise for vegetarians. Habibi's did Lebanese type food. I also recall The Naam with their veggie burgers, chips (or fries, I think you call them outside Britain)and Miso gravy. And there were other great places. Must get back to Vancouver some time.....

  2. The last time I made hummus my processor packed it in and I had to buy a new one. I hope my new one can stand the work load.
    I have this on my list of appies for my Boxing Day open house. I grew my own cayenne peppers this year and they are deadly hot. At least I know my own family will love it.

  3. hummus is one of my favorite recipes ever, and yours is the authentic one, cant understand how can people make it without the main ingredient (tahini) that's not humus people, its just chickpea puree! well done you, cheers from london

  4. That hummus looks awesome! I keep hearing about Nuba, but haven't been there yet. Will have to give it a try.

    I'm a fellow blogger in the city - it would be cool if we could have a get together for all food bloggers in the Vancouver. Would love to meet everyone in person!

  5. Hi Mike, I have not been to Habibi or The Naam. I heard their food is pretty good. Will check them out one day. Thanks.

    Hey Lori, you make me laugh! You should try making the hummus in two batches instead and you grow your own cayenne peppers? now that's fantastic!

  6. @Katina: Yes, I would love to meet up with you and other Vancouver food bloggers too. So, who's going to organize?? (Just count me in!)

    @pityenlacocina: Thanks for the compliments :D

  7. Yes Habibi Hummous is still going in Vancouver... they sell to all major grocery stores in Vancouver. Very yummy hummous...


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