Israel 2014 Day 5: Tel Aviv's epic hummus
The first couple of days in Israel were life-changing, and today was also going to be momentous, for a tastier but less weighty reason. Today we went to... the one... the only.... Abu Hasan Hummus! (Actually, I think they have a couple of branches!) It was THE BEST. I'm serious. It was INSANELY GOOD. Today, was alllllll about the epic hummus. It was smooth, it was warm, tangy but not sour, smooth but not watery, packed with olive oil but not oily, it was perfect... but more on that in a moment.
Today we got up early and headed off to Tel Aviv! We dropped off the car in an all-day lot and walked passed a closed McDonald's. As you know if you ever read my travel blog, I really love visiting McDonald's in foreign countries, as I always find it hilarious how they localize their menu to fit the new country. Here, in Israel, apparently the Egg McMuffin is new? And of course, no ham in this one... a tomato instead.
|McDonald's in Tel Aviv!|
|Egg McMuffin... New!?|
|Weird but funny random character wearing a huge Chai necklace|
|Tel Aviv Beach!|
|Time for a passionfruit popsicle and a Hebrew Coke Zero|
|Bike rental for the day|
After a tasty passionfruit popsicle to cool down in the hot sun (eat it quick, it melts fast!) and a funny Coke Zero with Hebrew letters on it, we biked to the village of Old Jaffa. First up was a Farmer's Market-type place, which had local beer on tap! I got a small glass of the wheat one, and it was very refreshing. They also had cool housewares with Hebrew writing on them, like a jar for coffee, tea, and sugar! That was SO cool. I am going to have to pick up something like that during this trip, for SURE.
|Local craft beers|
|Spreading my wings|
|The WORLD FAMOUS Abu Hasan (Ali Karavan) Hummus shop|
|The best hummus, literally, IN THE WORLD|
|Cleaning the plate|
From here we walked past the flea market, and then biked back along Tel Aviv Beach. We checked out the Neve Tsedek art street, and walked to Nachalat Binjamin market, which was awesome. They had really great arts and crafts there, Mezuzahs, cool artwork, signs with custom Hebrew writing, and lots more. I got a tasty melon + mint smoothie, and then bought my parents a stained-glass hanging artwork from a really good artist working in the market.
|Square in Old Jaffa|
|Fun area that used to be a train station|
|Lots of mezuzzahs|
|Awesome artist making stained glass at the market|
|HUGE Lychees, I ate the whole bag|
"Rabbi Nachman says that when you're happy, you keep the Torah better," says Zohar Ginsberg, a 24-year-old member of the sect. "So you have to do whatever you can to be happy. Dance. Sing. Jokes. Nonsense."I've certainly never seen a shofar (the ram's horn) blown for an event not in a Synagogue, so this was quite a hilarious and funny thing to watch. We watched for a little bit, and these dudes were certainly happy and excited folks. This was great.
We walked a bit further and went inside to get some AC in the Dizengoff Center. It was an odd mall, and we saw another McDonald's in there which is always fun to look at. They had some funny stuff like a "Chicken Mix" and, most awesomely, the "Mega Big America" burger, apparently based off some World Cup Soccer thing. Hilarious.
|At McDonald's: "Mega Big America" burger?!?!|
Biking back to the car after this was great with our relaxed feet :) We dropped off the last set of bikes for the day, and GPS'd to Ilanit's house, Michal's really awesome cousin. We got there and asked "Who's coming over?" I should have known the answer, "Everyone!!" Haha. Awesome. The dinner was very tasty, and Nir and I talked about craft beers and he very kindly offered me some of his Glenfarclas 15. When he comes to visit San Francisco, I will have to return the favour!
After a lovely evening of chatting and good food, we drove back home to Ra'anana, having a nice long deep conversation (as we do!) Great times.