I recently came back from a two week trip to Israel. People are asking me what I did over there. In one word: eat.
I even made a list of the things I wanted to eat, and got to all of them except for one. Highlights of what I ate in pictorial form follow. It’s long so read more to see all. No explanation of what each thing is, so feel free to use Google.
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Shakshuka at... who else: Dr. Shakshuka (Jaffa)
Only once in the two weeks I was there I was able to eat schwarma, and only a few hours before flying.
These are just the salads they bring to the table by default - no need to order - before the meal (Achla restaurant in Kfar Saba)
Not a very good photos of me or the delicious sachlav I am eating... but it's what I have.
Daniela and I enjoying our sabich. I'm not a fan of eggplant in general but it was pretty darn good. Think falafel but with fried eggplant instead of falafel. This was at Oved Sabich in Givatayim.
This is Oved. You tell him how much amba (Maccabi Tel-Aviv) and schig (Hapoel Tel-Aviv) you want by telling him the imaginary derby score. In my case it was 3-2 Hapoel.
I don't remember the name of this hole in the Florentin neighborhood in Tel Aviv. But this was some good Persian food.
Chocolate overdose at Max Brenner (Ramat Hachayal, Tel Aviv).
The bottom row is good and pure labane.
Kube (a.k.a kipe) soup in Ima restaurant, Jerusalem.
Trays of knaffe in Jaffa.. My mouth waters while I type this.
Don't be fooled by the face Shlomit is making: that is some yummy Jachnun - the stuff Yemenites eat. Israel is full of archeologists, and 1000 years in the future, they will find the skeletons of Jachnun eaters with the Jachnun still intact in their stomachs. I know that's the case for me.
The best hummus is at Abu Hassan's, and it's the only thing in the menu. If you only know hummus from the junk sold in the US, then you don't know hummus. And of all the hummus, this may be the best.
Though not specifically Middle Eastern, I also ate fish at the namal (port) Tel Aviv
Here's an intensive falafel-making photo. Home-made falafel is great!
More baklava. Pretty although I didn't actually eat it (I was there for the knaffe).
Those are vats of amba. Enough to make the sweat of the entire population of Israel stink for two days. I love that stuff.
Bonus: Really real and really good tacos at the only location in all of Israel where you can get authentic Mexican food: Mezcal Bar in Tel Aviv