Do you remember when Israel used to be the place where you could have a traditional East European style meal in a small worker's kitchen with a nice bean soup, gefillte fish, roast chicken, as well as all the side dishes? Or where you could walk along the street and stop at a hummus stand and have hummus in a pitta with falafel balls and salads? Back then we couldn't offer you a culinary tour of Israel.
Israel, the Land of Milk and Honey, has come a long way since then. The Land of Milk and Honey has taken on a culinary character which incorporates every kind of cuisine from around the world and fuses it with the local cuisine, with amazing results. Come with us on a culinary tour of Israel.
The falafel stands can still be found on every street, but the small worker's kitchens hardly exist. They have been replaced by chef kitchens with menus that incorporate Israeli, Middle Eastern, European, American, South American and Far Eastern dishes. Add to that the fact that Israel is home to people from over 80 different countries and try to imagine the combinations and creations that have evolved. Add the fresh meat, fish, cheeses, wine, fruit, vegetables and olive oil that Israel grows and sells so bountifully in its markets and you have a winning combination that promises a wonderful culinary experience. To top it all off, dining out has become an affordable pastime. The amazing number and different styles of restaurants are waiting for you.
On this culinary tour of Israel, try the Middle Eastern restaurants with their first course of hummus and small salads, fresh pitta, majadra, the main course of fish or grilled meat and their dessert of Baklava and Turkish coffee. Remember, the dishes can be really spicy so be prepared.
Try the chef restaurants with the latest fusion kitchen. The mind boggles with the choice.
Visit the dairy restaurants and try the quiches, the salads, the sandwiches. You won't believe what can go into one sandwich.
Why not try the vegetarian and vegan restaurants which bake their own bread and pastries, use Israeli grown cheeses and other dairy products, and offer interesting and healthy dishes with lentils, greens of all shapes and colors and more.
Does all this mean that there is no such thing as Israeli cuisine? Some people say that Israeli cuisine has not developed yet. Join us and enjoy the dishes that are offered as Israeli cuisine travels through this process.
Let us prepare a tailor made culinary tour of Israel for you - from a tour of the fresh produce markets to the experience of tasting the dishes.
Bon Appetit, or, as they say in Hebrew, Betei'avon!!!