09

10

2009

Al Beet

Colin

Posted in % Daily Value *
Tags % Daily Value *
al beet8%
Bahai Temple8%
Baladi8%
Cactus8%
ein chood8%
Haifa8%
Israel8%
Lamb8%
Mujadara8%
Stuffed Pepper8%
tahini8%
Tamarind8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

The Bahai Temple

The Bahai Temple

while my visit in Israel my family suggested making a trip to the city of Haifa to visit the Bahai temple which covers the city center from the top of the Carmel mountain to the sea. all layered with beautiful gardens (such as this cactus garden)

Cactus garden

Cactus garden

on the way back we were recommended by a friend to stop at a small arab village called ein chood which seats next the the Israeli art village ein hood, but from the first moment you get there you feel that there is something very different in this place, there is no real road that takes you there, you have to kind of improvise your way on a very broken path till you get to the village, a place where they only had electricity installed a year and a half ago.

as you seat to the table the host brings you a can of home made tamarind juice.

Tamarind Juice

Tamarind Juice

as they start telling you the way the place works. there is no menu you order from, they chef (the mother of the family) had cooked many dishes, all based on seasonal ingredients which grows on the mountain, you can ask for more from anything. than they simple start bringing the most amazing food, almost everything been cooked for 6-8 hours on small pans. beside the set of appetizers, which include a 4 different types of hummus plates, very condensed tahini salad, tabouli, fresh salad and a few eggplant recipes.

Appetizers

Appetizers

followed by a green peas soup.

Peas soup

Peas soup

than they start bringing the real stuff out. like this lamb cooked in tahini (sinaya) Jump+

08

10

2009

Sarah Bulgarian Restaurant

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Posted in % Daily Value *
Tags % Daily Value *
Eggplant10%
Israel10%
Jaffa10%
Kashkaval Pane10%
Kebab10%
Kiopoolu10%
Lamb10%
Lyutenitsa10%
Roasted Pepper10%
Tel-Aviv10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

Traditional Bulgarian spot on the border between Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, serving an older generation of Bulgarian immigrant and other foodies who crave a different flavor.

Kiopoolu

Kiopoolu

Lyutenitsa

Lyutenitsa

for appetizers we had the Kiopoolu – a Bulgarian eggplant salad and the Lyutenitsa which is a roasted pepper dip (at first this seems to be quite sweet for me, but than I understood how well it goes with the Kebab)

Kashkaval Pane

Kashkaval Pane

than we had the Kashkaval Pane – peeled pepper stuffed with cheese, covered with bread crumb and lightly fried.

Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew

For main courses we shared a Bulgarian lamb stew, which with the right presentation could have been a complete fine dinning experience by itself, but the chef had no idea how good it is and served it “casalinga” style.

Bulgerian Kebab

Bulgerian Kebab

followed by the Bulgarian kebab.

07

10

2009

Isreali BBQ (Mangal)

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Posted in % Daily Value *
Tags % Daily Value *
Baba Ganoush13%
Baladi13%
BBQ13%
Chicken13%
Eggplant13%
Israel13%
Mangal13%
Potison13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

The Mangal

The Mangal

Baladi Grilled Eggplant

Baladi Grilled Eggplant

visiting my sister house we made an Israeli style BBQ, aka Mangal, the approach is very topical to any other Israeli attitude you can accept, very strait forward and simple, letting the freshness and the ingredients do the work. going to the market with my brother in law I learned why baba ganoush can taste different in other parts of the world, the eggplant they are using is called Baladi Eggplant, which has less seeds and bitterness inside and shaped slightly different from a regular eggplant. for the main dishes we made lightly marinated chicken and beef strait on an open BBQ.

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken

another interesting thing which I came across while the visit in the Israeli market store which was greatly affected by Russian influences in the last 10 years, is this combination of pickled vegetables which include traditional pickles from cucumbers aside to pickled tomatoes and a vegtable which I notice for the first time called Potison – doesn’t have a lot of flavor but kind of goes in an okay bit with the right meal (not the one we made).

Pickled Potison

Pickled Potison

05

10

2009

Ramle Hummus

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Posted in % Daily Value *
Tags % Daily Value *
Hummus20%
Israel20%
Israeli Salad20%
Mahalibiya20%
Ramle20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

Hummus with Beef

Hummus with Beef

visiting Israel, my brother took me to visit one of its more authentic hummus spots, Ramle definitely not a major tourist spot, but at the same time definitely should become one. we had the traditional hummus with beef which my brother complained about the portion but was more then enough for me, and some fresh Israeli salad (originally known as arabian salad in Israel)

Israeli Salad

Israeli Salad

walking out from the restaurant we took a walk through the Ramle market, a place worth visit as itself, where we had this Mahalibiya (also called malabi) the originally from Turkey but also very popular in the Israel, served with rose water, coconuts and almonds.

Mahalibiya (also called malabi)

Mahalibiya (also called malabi)

26

10

2008

Pomegranate Juice

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Posted in % Daily Value *
Tags % Daily Value *
Israel50%
Pomegranate50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher on lower depanding on your calorie needs

fresh pomegranate at the market

fresh pomegranate at the market

Visiting Israel around this time of the year you can find in almost every corner freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, coming from NY and seeing how many pomegranate goes into each glass (around 8-10) makes it really worth it for less than 2$, flavor and experience are amazing and the all thing feels really good for any hangover or just a lost moment.