09

10

2009

Al Beet

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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+

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10

2009

Sarah Bulgarian Restaurant

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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.

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09

2009

Lamb Kebabs

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Grilled33%
Kebab33%
Lamb33%

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

Another successful test for the new grill, a simple combination of chopped onions, parsley, cumin, turkish hot paprika (treditonaly you should add some pine nuts for this, but I ran out of them…), shaped into small cigar shapes, and quickly grilled on each side.

Lamb Kebabs

Lamb Kebabs

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06

2009

Toro Bravo

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Asparagus7%
Bacon7%
Dates7%
Eggplant7%
Foie Gras7%
French Kisses7%
Lamb7%
Negroni7%
Portland7%
Prunes7%
Radicchio7%
Ragu7%
Scallops7%
tuna7%

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

Negroni

Negroni

Toro Bravo – amazing tapas restaurant in Portland which also makes very good negroni, actually as a result of having 2 of them before dinner many of the delicious dishes pictures came out quite blurry and not bloggable, interesting effect by itself, anyhow if you are visiting in Portland and looking for good dinning you should definitely check out this place, coming from NY it is also refreshing to see how much you can eat here for such a low price regardless to the tax break, but even if this food was pricey its would have been worth it, one of the better places I came across in my trip here.

here is some of what we had in a mixed order.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

the bacon wrapped dates and the ‘French Kisses’ – brandy soaked prunes stuffed with foie gras, both of these had such a condensed layer of flavor, so rich and with immediate satisfaction on the first bite.

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus with crispy jamon, olives, preserved lemon & chilies, can simply be described in one word – amazing.

Moroccan Tuna with Dried Cherry Couscous

Moroccan Tuna with Dried Cherry Couscous

very refreshing setting which also shown in the presentation, served as my dinning buddies would say with ‘Real Couscous’. truly I was kind of surprised that no duck dish had made it way to our table but a Tuna, though no regret so far. and for the next 3 dishes again I have one or two words to say about: amazing, order it.

Radicchio Salad

Radicchio Salad

Roasted Eggplant with Lamb Ragu

Roasted Eggplant with Lamb Ragu

Seared Scallops with Romesco

Seared Scallops with Romesco

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10

2008

Mediterranean Diet II

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Lamb33%
Salads33%
Veal33%

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

Sticking to my Mediterranean diet, I decided to stop by one of Nazareth best restaurant – Diana. the place is known for their veal and lamb (which were amazing) though I would pump the rank for the unbelievable green salad mix that came as an introduction, as well as some of the other combination like Tahini and cauliflower salads. if you are visiting in Israel and looking for a place to eat, this is a must stop location.

Arugula Pomegranate Salad

Arugula Pomegranate Salad

Wild Arugula, pomegranate and onions, served with a twist of lemon and olive oil, makes such a strong presentation, which takes nothing from the flavor of this wonderful salad.

Tabouli Salad

Tabouli Salad

Traditional Tabouli salad served in a lettuce leaf, was also very refreshing to see the ratio between the parsley, wheat and mint; many times it is served in a 40-60% for the wheat, while here it was more of a 70-30% for the greens, makes a huge difference.

Coriander Salad

Coriander Salad

Fresh Coriander lemon and sesame seeds salad, again simply beautiful an delicious.

Falafel

Falafel

Falafel balls with sesame crust, served over tahini salad

The meat plate was unreal, veal ribs, chicken kabbab, lamb kabbab chopped right in front of you and grilled, baked potatoes and grilled baby onions.