Friday, July 31, 2009

Everything But The Kitchen Sink - Israel 09 Edition, Part Shtayim

After the tour part of my trip ended, I headed to Tel Aviv with CD to visit SB and OY. We went straight from the bus to the club, and, suffice it to say, woke up the next morning in dire need of some good food. We headed to a cafe on the beach, got a table, stuck our feet in the sand, and relaxed as we waited for our food to come. I had shakshuka (an awesome egg dish with tomato sauce), and CD and OY both ordered a Boker Yisraeli (aka Israeli breakfast). Definitely hit the spot!

SB took us to one of his favorite restaurants, Noa Bistro. Chef Nir Zuk created this eclectic restaurant in an alley in the old port city Yafo. He combines local ingredients with a French style. It was an incredible, very unique dining experience.

A variety of goat cheeses with olives, apples, and honey all from a farm in the Galilee

Had to try this authentic dish called chigga. Similar to bulgar, this dish was our favorite of the night. It was nutty, hearty, and very tasty!

CD and I took a day trip up to Haifa, where we toured the gorgeous Bahá’í Gardens.
To add to an already great day, we stumbled upon what would become our favorite falafel of our entire 2 weeks in Israel! The falafel was fresh, the hummus was great, and the toppings were endless and each so flavorful. Ridiculous view + ridiculous falafel = one happy girl!
For CD's last night, the four of us headed to Honey Beach for dinner...a picture-perfect farewell...

Couldn't have timed dinner with the sunset any better!
Possibly the largest schnitzel I have ever seen!

And, possibly the best Israeli salad I've ever had!
As if that wasn't enough for us to share, we got a "toast" as well...Israel's version of a panini or pressed sandwich
SB and I wanted a lowkey night and ended up going to a Cava bar (aka Spanish Champagne, I came to learn) called La Champa. It really felt like we were in Spain, with cheeses and olives in glass cases at the bar, and cured meats and sausages hanging behind the bar. Definitely did not expect to see so much pork in Israel, but it made the place feel very authentic.
It was such an amazing trip, and I was so sad to come home and get back to reality. Thanks for being such great tour guides, SB and OY! Can't wait to get back there ASAP!

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