July 22 - August 1, 2016
Blog #1: Food
Welcome to another "highlight" blog! Like my previous London 2016 blog, I figured since we also went to Israel in both 2015 and 2016 (like London), it seemed like it make more sense to consolidate the trip blog into a few "highlight reels" of different themes rather than writing a daily experience blog like usual.
Here's the first one, and as always, it's all about the food.
Upon arrival, we were treated to some suuuuper fresh dates, these great "breakfast borekas" (including this one with egg and pickle in it) and, of course, the magnificient daily products in Israel -- the 5% (and 9%!) cottage cheese, labne, etc. A new thing this time were these tiny bagels called "Abadi" -- they were kindof like a bagel version of a South African rusk. Not quite a cracker, basically just a small crunchy bagel! Very good.
Next up, a Jewish candy store. Laughed so hard that they had gummy Star of Davids!!! So awesome.
|Awesome!!!!!!!!! We picked these up for Roey's bar-mitzvah, which was later in the week.|
Nice homemade breakfasts, lunches, and dinners abound in Israel, and we had (and made!) some fabulously tasty stuff.
|We got some AMAZING cheese from a great french shop called Basher Fromagerie in Ra'nannah|
|This truffled butter was INSANE GOOD|
|Very nice cheese that was "like a Gruyere" -- also very tasty. We bought a LOT from that shop :)|
|Rani showed me how to make this Shakshuka.|
|Rani cutting the hotdogs in the funny "Yossi"-style|
Roey's Bar-Mitzvah was during this trip, so we enjoyed lots of celebration, good times, and lots of healthy good food during this as well. Plus dessert, obviously.
On one of our excursions, we went up to a Goat Farm in the northern part of Israel on our way to a hiking trip. Here we had 14 (I think!) different kinds of goat cheese and it was all insanely incredible, super fresh, tasty, flavoursome... just crazy. This place also made their own yoghurt, olive oil, etc. This was SUCH a fun experience, and food was stellar.
Mmm... that was was so good :)
On our way back from that excursion, we went out for a great steak and some Israeli craft beer.
Breakfast pastries are often savory in Israel, but we managed to seek out both sweet and savory :) Also, found some great lychees at the shop and at the markets.
|Nothing like an Icearoma on a hot day!|
|Flowers were very popular here as people often buy flowers for the home on Friday nights.|
|This herring spot was awesome, I got a smoked salmon sandwich here!|
|C'mon.... beef salami....|
|More Israeli craft beers|
|...to take home for my buddy Matt to try|
|...to drink literally daily|
|...to eat, literally daily!|
|...to snack on, at a moment's notice.|
|This is literally the best food on earth.|
|Unfortunately, the mint was a little "gross" -- haha! This is a bad translation of the word "gaross", which is a type of blended ice drink!|
|Tower of breakfast!|