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It’s been a long time since I’ve rambled about food.

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Hi, everyone!

The last of my scheduled rambles about my vacation, though it’s less about my vacation and more about food.

Ramble of the Day

I popped into a falafel place for lunch one day in Madrid, where I had a very tasty pita full of five or six nicely sized and delicious falafels for a very reasonable price. I knew when I left that the place would stick out in my mind, considering I have not eaten a lot falafels at a fast casual establishment on my travels. I automatically thought that there should be more restaurants providing the same type of cuisine, considering it lends so well to a fast casual style.

Then I had a question: What other food deserves to be consumed in a fast casual format?

A few obvious ones that have already successfully gotten to that stage came to mind. The various types of noodles and other foods from east Asia are easily found in fast casual restaurants (and oftentimes at even more casual establishments). Mexican food, too, is commonly found in that type of restaurant, and my ultimate guilty pleasure, french fries, are so incredibly easy to track down.

However, there are certain places on the map where their food just hasn’t been adapted to that format in a lot of places. Empanadas and other South American foods are a little harder to track down in a lot of places than they should be, while Indian food almost does not exist entirely in this format, to only talk of a few types of food. It’s not like people from these parts of the world do not enjoy their versions of fast casual dining.

While thinking this out, I have settled on the fact that street food almost everywhere in the world can be adapted into this format, and is sometimes not obviously available elsewhere. Of course, you’re not going to beat eating a local delicacy in the part of the world that it’s readily available, but we all still sometimes crave food from distant places, willing to settle for a little less.

Anyway, I’m done because I’m getting hungry and I feel my eyes getting ready for sleep. Feel free to continue the conversation, as I’m sure you have things to say about food that should be more accessible.

tl;dr: More food, please.

Links of the Day

Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy have retired from the England men’s national team.

The English women’s national team will fly in business class for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after the FA received complaints for making the team fly economy earlier in the year.

David Squires recaps the weekend’s action across the sport in his latest cartoon.

Transfer roundup: Borussia Dortmund have signed Paco Alcácer on a season-long loan from Barcelona; Monaco have signed Benjamin Henrichs from Bayer Leverkusen; Schalke have signed Sebastian Rudy from Bayern Munich

Today’s longer read: Ed Aarons reports on the mood at AC Milan, now under new ownership for the second time in as many years, for The Guardian