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Food notes: Israeli-inspired Chickpea food truck is just what Vancouver needed

Munch on super-stuffed falafel pitas, hummus plates and more Mediterranean-inspired goods at Vancouver food truck Chickpea.

Vancouver's Chickpea food truck offers up some overflowing pitas for your taste buds.

Erin Ireland/For Metro

Vancouver's Chickpea food truck offers up some overflowing pitas for your taste buds.

Vancouver needs more good falafel and plant-based cuisine. This was one of the motivating factors behind our city’s newest food truck, Chickpea, owned and run by Israeli-born business partners Itamar Shani and Rotem Tal.

Driven by their love of cooking, the pair have, tirelessly, been dishing up fresh, super-stuffed falafel pitas (my favourite), sabich platters (fried, crunchy eggplant and soft potatoes), kasum hummus plates (crispy cauliflower with turmeric mushrooms) and more Mediterranean-inspired goodness since their soft launch on March 28th.

“We’re actually a bit overwhelmed by the immediate and massive response,” Rotem said. “This is only our second week out and the summer is more than half-booked with festivals and private events.”

Both Itamar and Rotem have worked in kitchens since they were teenagers, and their Israeli upbringing instilled within them a strong respect for food.

“We both grew up learning the value and privilege of access to wholesome, tasty food,” Rotem said. “Itamar was kicked out of his home as a young teenager because he wasn’t ‘religious enough.’ He had to fend for himself. As a result, we handle each chickpea with care and respect.”

The pair have secured an absolutely prime downtown location: find them at Cordova and Hornby, where they’ll be serving the lunch crowd most weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weekends are for roaming, but 33 Acres and Brassneck Brewery are their usual haunts (check Twitter or Street Food App to confirm location).

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