Friday, June 29, 2012

Food Excursion: Israel

Words can't even begin to express how deeply sorry I am that I haven't posted in almost 3 weeks. I forgot to tell you all that I went out of the country with my sister on a trip to Israel. Don't worry, I'm fine, I promise! Anyways, for those of you who have been fortunate enough to be able to go to Israel, you will know what I'm about to say... THE FOOD IS INCREDIBLE!!! Not ONCE did I see an overweight person (unless it was an American tourist). Not only is the food so clean and pure, but it is cooked kosher (separating the meat and dairy and blessing it and cutting the meat a certain way) which just adds to the freshness. We went to many fabulous little restaurants and to 2 Shuks (an outdoor CRAZY marketplace). If you've never seen a shuk, it is basically about 200-300 stands and stores lined up down a few city block full of people yelling at each other to get the lowest prices on things. It was amazing. The first one we went to was in Tel Aviv which was pretty awesome (did some GREAT negotiating on a beautiful bracelet I bought myself) and the second one, the grandaddy of them all Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
A few things I noticed were that Israeli's LOVE cheese, nuts, falafel's, and they're known for their cherry tomatoes. Also, their iced coffee is our version of an ice blended, but much lighter and much more delicious! They're on every corner like a Starbucks here. I hope you enjoy these photos I took for you all and PROMISE me you'll try to go one day!!!
my FIRST falafel and coffee
Tel Aviv coffee bar
fresh herbs at Tel Aviv shuk
deli at Tel Aviv shuk
pastries at Tel Aviv skuk
not sure what the food was here, but he was nice to look at :)
bowl upon bowls of FRESH mozzarella
the BEST Jarlsberg cheese I've EVER had 
nut bar in the Tel Aviv shuk
the GORGEOUS cherry tomatoes they're known for

watching the falafels fry :)
my favorite falafel

cheese shop in Mahane Yehuda market place
cheese shop in Mahane Yehuda market place
cheese shop owner that let us taste EVERY cheese :)
margherita pizza
sheep's milk ravioli (UGH SO GOOD!!!!)
apple pie with vanilla ice cream
chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream
the aftermath
adorable cafe in the Tel Aviv shuk 
an indoor cafe that appeared to be outside
in the Mahane Yehuda shuk

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