I picked up a bunch of falafel filled sandwiches from our local pita place, so the kids could have a taste of Magnus Chase's favorite food. You can check out this Good Eats chickpea episode if you aren't familiar with falafel. We watched it while eating our pitas. It's quite educational.
Rick Riordan's latest hero loves falafel. My bunch...
...let's just say they're not all fans of Middle Eastern flavor (and don't even ask about the hat). The book though, has been a pretty big hit with those of us, T (age 18) - avoiding his college textbooks, D (age 12), A (age14) and yours truly, who are reading it. The children are all fans of the Percy Jackson series, but haven't cared much for Riordan's Egyptian sagas. This book, set in the 9 worlds of Norse mythology, has recaptured their interest.
In fact, they're enjoying the story enough, that I might have to re-read an old high school favorite of mine (just to make sure it isn't too colorful for their sensibilities - I was a lot more liberal in my youthful reading selections than they usually care to be).
If I remember right, pizza was the food of choice for Adam's Norse god encountering characters - pizza and something about clean, white, linen sheets.
We all like pizza (even my youngest), and clean sheets, and now have a new interest in Norse mythology. Plus, the next book in Riordan's new series doesn't come out until October. We're going to need something to read in the meantime.