When planning a holiday, there are many reasons one chooses to travel, especially a family vacation. Most of us like to travel abroad in the summer months, when the days are longer and warm and the air is light with a cool breeze, making the weather pleasant, giving us more time to explore the country as we immerse ourselves in its culture. The easiest way to do this is through food, which is a significant part of Israeli culture. A nation that has absorbed a significant immigrant population, each is represented through culinary traditions which are integrated in the cuisine of their new Mediterranean home.
A short walk from Jerusalem’s city centre is the Mahane Yehuda market, which should be a must on every traveller’s list, along with all the historic sites that are not to be missed in the Old City. In the evening see the market transform into a lively yet un conventional night spot, with bars featuring specialty drinks and live music, most with outdoor seating that will allow you to appreciate the “street-art” galleryon the store shutters. The ambiance, lively people, captivating street art, exceptional food and drinks make Mahane Yehuda trendy and special, so stop by a food joint while you walk down the street, dance a little while enjoying a drink and make your way to the next spot.
When in TelAviv, do as the locals do. We know that’s not how the saying goes, but here you will find a blend of Asian and European influences in all aspects, beginning with food being sold on in street stalls, shops and restaurants. Shukha Carmel (Carmel Market) is open every day except on Saturdays, in observance of Shabbat, (the day of rest in Judaism). If you’re in the mood to bring a flare of Israeli food in to your kitchen by creating your own version (just like the Israelis do), visit the famous Levin sky Spice Market, where you will find a variety of fresh locals cheeses, breads and Mediterranean spices.
For a more authentic experience within the smaller communities in Israel, visit the Druze villages in the Golan Heights region in the north of the country. Indulge in the cultural experiences through their version of pita bread or labaneh. Visit the town of Nazareth, for their version of an authentic biblical meal.
The restaurant style in Israel ranges from family style to top-rated chef restaurants with the common denominator being fresh seasonal products and delicious dishes, so when in Israel you will create food experiences that are likely to last a lifetime.