Tel Aviv, Israel
08/04/2017 - 08/04/2017
This morning, we took a food-oriented tour of Tel Aviv. It started out with a it of a history lesson. We learned all about the founding of the city and about several of the major immigrant waves. We walked where orchards used to be and saw some historic buildings. Then, we got to try all sorts of different foods.
We visited a shop with a guy who has been hand-making marzipan for decades. We stopped by a local CSA. We tasted cheese-stuffed hibiscus flowers. We sampled traditional Yemeni food. Their bread is actually quite similar to Ethiopian injera, so I got some to take home.
We stopped at a spice shop, a shop that makes beautiful drinks with fresh flowers it them, and a local brewery. Dessert was real American cakes and cookies that actually tasted right, not like usual Israeli cake where I always think they forgot to add the sugar. At each stop, we learned a bit about the food and story behind the food or location.
By the time the tour ended, we were stuffed.
That may have helped us stay in control as we did a bit of our own food touristry.
We stopped at the Indian and Ethiopian grocery stores right next to the central bus station. At the Indian store, they were just packaging up fresh curry leaves, still attached to the branches. And then we did a bit of food shopping inside the station. The Asian grocery store there had jackfruit, soursop, banana flower, rice-filled steamed banana leaves, durian rice, and all sorts of other delicacies that are almost impossible to find anywhere else in Israel.
We also grabbed some Ethiopian take-out for dinner from a nearby mall that was having a Friday food fest.
We are going to eat well for a while!