Tu Ba’av, celebrated on 15th Av, is both a traditional and modern celebration of love. In the time of the second temple, this day was a day of ‘matchmaking’ for unmarried women and today in Israel is it the ‘day of love’ likening itself to Valentine’s Day in England. Foods that we most associate with love are rich and unctuous, namely chocolate, honey and figs and there are many ways of serving these aphrodisiac’s on a plate, to show that food can be attractive to the eye and to the palate. The red and pink hearts are out in force in Israel today and menus in restaurants will reflect the mood of love, so whether it is a romantic meal, coffee and chocolate cake or just flowers and delicious chocolates…tantalise the taste buds with the food of love….
In 2012, Tablet Magazine noticed Tel Aviv was looking to cater for vegans as part of it’s culinary diversity and has now become the top destination of vegan travellers and holidaymakers. More and more Israeli’s are becoming vegans in an attempt to eat a more nutritious and healthy diet, packed full of fresh fruit, vegetables, pulses nuts and grains, yet still wishing to enjoy the culture of eating out. Israel’s national dish of falafel with tahini and salad in pitta found on every street corner is a delight for all vegan’s and now Tel Aviv has become famous for its vegan cafes and restaurants, including Domino’s, serving a vegan pizza. A year ago, Nanuchka opened it’s doors as a vegan Georgian restaurant and with excellent reviews, has become a thriving restaurant for all lovers of good food, vegan or otherwise….
Anyone hoping to visit the highly acclaimed seafood restaurant Mul Yam, in the beautiful Tel Aviv Port over the summer will be sorely disappointed, due to last night’s fire that saw the restaurant burn to the ground, from a short circuited freezer. Mul Yam was found in 1995 by Shalom Maharovsky, an importer of fine wines and seafood. In this stunning location and with the help of chef Yoram Nitzan, Mul Yam is considered to be an elite dining experience, commanding high prices for top quality cuisine through its use of the freshest ingredients, often airlifting it’s fish straight from ports around the world. Only a couple of months ago, it celebrated it’s 20th birthday, with tasting menu of outstanding quality and beauty, trying to attract a younger clientele who otherwise may not afford its prices. Having had knock backs before, we only hope that Mul Yam can get back on its feet in the very near future and will return with the quality, finesse and beauty of the acclaimed restaurant it is known for.
If you are looking to live like a local, eat like a local and cook like a local…..shop in the nearest shuk!! In the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv or Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, the seasonal produce is fresh and plentiful and the further in you go, the cheaper it becomes! Take bags, a hat, water to drink and comfortable shoes……this is a culinary experience and will have you wandering the stalls for hours, buying spices, halva, baklava and wonderful looking fruit and vegetables to cook up a real feast…..just like the Israelis!!
Tomorrow, Friday 17th July 2015, heralds the start of the regular monthly market for Paleo enthusiasts at Hadar Yosef stadium in north Tel Aviv from 09.00 – 14.00 The Paleo diet, also know as the ‘caveman’ diet, is beginning to engage with more Israeli’s, believing that by eating more grass – fed meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and cutting out cereal grains, dairy, refined sugars and pulses they will benefit from a nutritious, iron rich diet without preservatives and additives and enjoy a healthier way of living. Different speciality stalls will be show casing their products each month, including a South African dried meat specialist, organic fruit and vegetables, Maple syrup, olive oil and gluten free pittas and beer. Half of the stands are offering Kosher products too. Israel Good Food Guide is always interested in hearing of innovative products, sellers or growers of food, new food ideas or restaurants that we can support in Israel, for the ultimate culinary experience.
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