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A Food Pilgrimage From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Carmel Market in Tel Aviv Photo: flickr/johndegree

Writer Christina Garofalo for Paste Magazine tells us all about the great places to eat from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv - making us wish we could travel to Israel today to see and taste the amazing Israeli cuisine:

Approaching Jerusalem—Israel’s capital city and greatest tourist attraction—you’ll be enchanted by a sparkling white skyline and ivy-covered buildings that glisten above the cool desert hills. The façade is impressive, better maintained than Tel Aviv; but come night, the city gets quiet, leaving an air of the sacred and the shaken.

One of the more lively spots is the Alrov Mamilla Avenue shopping strip, where strings of lights link designer boutiques to trendy eateries. Find the entry to the mod-chic Mamilla Hotel and head to the roof for a peaceful, picturesque view of the Old City, Tower of David, and Jaffa Gate, all lit up at night. Stay for dinner to taste what many Tel Aviv chefs call the impossible: haute, kosher food without compromise or blandness. Chef Cobi Bachar’s winning dish is the bone marrow with Jerusalem artichoke, white truffle, and veal brain. Wash it down with an Israeli-made Cabernet...

At Yemenite Falafel, there is only one thing on the menu. While there are hundreds of places to get falafel in Jerusalem, this place is the real deal: perfectly crisp outside and fluffy inside, the chickpeas are ground with fresh parsley, and the falafel always comes out hot and fresh. The owners have even been known to give you some fresh falafel balls to crunch on while you are waiting. Plan to go early Friday afternoon; like many places in Jerusalem, it keeps Sabbath, meaning it’s closed Friday night and Saturday.

Read her full article now.

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