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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Sense of Smell For Shwarma

First a little background:

December 18th- Sharon suffers minor stroke. Doctors discover a small hole in his heart, thought to have caused the stroke, and schedule him for surgery to repair the hole, January 5th.
January 4th- Sharon is rushed to hospital after not feeling well, One day before his scheduled surgery. He suffers massive brain hemorrhaging and undergoes 2 operations overnight and another one on the 6th.

So since last Thursday when this happened I haven't been following the medical part of the story too closely. I know that the doctors had to wait until the swelling in Sharon's brain went down before they could wake him from the induced coma he has been in for almost a week now. As Haaretz reports, they started waking him yesterday, and are planning on furthur stimulating him today, Tuesday.

"Among the ways in which physicians hope to stimulate Sharon's senses Tuesday is to place a plate of shwarma, the sliced meat dish said to be the prime minister's favorite, close enough for him to smell it, Army Radio reported."
As you can see this is no regular wakeup. They are doing it the way only us Israelis can, with a big plate of shwarma [pictures]. I wonder if humus is also on the menu. My biggest worry for this is the lack of laffa. Don't know what a laffa is? Think pita, only bigger and fluffier.

Who knows what state Sharon's memory will be in when he wakes up. He may not remember what shwarma smells or tastes like or even what it is! To experience shwarma for the first time without it being wrapped in a big, fluffy laffa is simply not the full "shwarma experience".

I'm not the biggest shwarma fan in the world. Now before you start stoning me, let me finish. Shwarma is good but falafel in laffa is better. I like falafel more than shwarma. In a laffa instead of pita, it's the perfect meal. It's also Israel's best form of fast food (and I have issues with Israeli fast food, but that's a whole nother post). So in conclusion:
  1. Falafel is better than Shwarma.
  2. Laffa is better than Pita.
  3. Shwarma on a plate is not nearly as good as shwarma in laffa.
  4. A person's first shwarma should always be in a laffa.
  5. Go get falafel in laffa for dinner tonight.
  6. Thank you.
  7. *Breathe*


At 8:28 PM, January 10, 2006, Anonymous .Pink said...

Hey Ben! I had no idea you were checking out the blog, or blogging your own site! I'm defintely going to read yours.

Thanks for the comment!


At 11:52 PM, January 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a wonderful entry-Great Job. Of course I am partial to your Dec 28th entry on Birthright-Shorashim. You've managed to capture some very impressive aspects of our country in both. Good luck with the awards. You certainly deserve to win. Got my vote-Eems

At 11:53 PM, January 10, 2006, Blogger Aaron said...

Don't forget that they gave him Mozart to listen to.

J-post: "Strains of Mozart were playing near Sharon's bedside on Tuesday morning. The prime minister, an amateur violinist, is a known fan of classical music."


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