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5 must eat in Tel Aviv

You know I’m a Tel Avivian by heart, and if you don’t know, check my YouTube Channel and Instagram for my Tel Aviv adventures!

But what does a Tel Avivian by heart do all day long in Tel Aviv? EAT OF COURSE! That’s why I created a list of my top 5 places to have breakfast/lunch/dinner in Tel Aviv. 5 must-eats that maybe, very maybe, even locals don’t know of.

  1. Shlomo Ve’Doron:

Shlomo & Doron is by far my favorite hummus place in Tel Aviv. Don’t get me wrong, there might be other places in for instance Jaffa, where people swear to have had the best Hummus in the whole of Israel, but Shlomo Ve’Doron is MY favorite. Why? Firstly, it’s a hidden gem in Kerem HaTeimanim (Yemenite Vineyard), my favorite neighborhood in Tel Aviv! Secondly, it has masabacha and shakshuka hummus = warm hummus dishes, GOOGLE IT!). And thirdly it only has a Hebrew menu, which means tourists have not found this place (yet)!

2. Buba Jachnun

Finding a nice place to have breakfast on a Saturday, is like looking for a lost earring while being in a club! Most places you’d like to go are closed, so you can only have food in touristy places! Yuks! So, one Shabbat morning, I felt like having Jachnun in a proper place, I found Buba Jachnun! Only open on Shabbat, and you know why? Because Jachnun is only eaten on Shabbat! (Not in my world! But still…) BINGO! for 25 NIS you get two big gooey pieces of Jachnun dough with shredded tomatoes and schug, coffee or tea.

3. Sabich Frishman

This is a popular one! Next to Yemenite dishes, my favorite dishes in Israel are Iraqi. Sabich is one more typical Shabbat dish, but this one is eaten every day, at every meal. It’s a pita pocket filled with grilled eggplant, salad, Iraqi mango salsa, egg, etc. This place only sells Sabich, but it’s annexed to Frishman Falafel, who sells, well… FALAFEL! 🙂 But try when you’re in the city center of TLV, the long lines speak for themselves.

This photo of Frishman Falafel & Frishman Sabich is courtesy of TripAdvisor

4. Azura

Well, I told you Iraqi food is one of my favs, so when I discovered Azura, I fell in love! Azura sells al kinds of Iraqi-Kurdish-Jewish food. Yes, IT’S A THING! But the must-try dish here is Marak Kubbeh, Kubbeh Soup which is a kind of dumpling made of bulgur, filled with minced meat. You’ve got to choose from 4 to 5 different Kubbeh soups and they are all as delicious! I’m a big eater, so if you’re like me, order a plate of rice with beans or mujaddara (rice with lentils, and fried onions). WORTH THE BLOATED WALK AFTERWORTHS!

5. HaBurika Center

Last but not least: there is one spot I couldn’t miss when I go to Tel Aviv and it’s most definitely HaBurika Center. This place is a stand on the Carmel Market and sells Burika (not borekas!!). Burika is the Hebrew word for the North African dish called Brik. It’s basically phyllo dough with an egg and potato inside, then fried in vegetable oil. The only difference at this place and I don’t know whether it’s because they’re Lybian or it’s an Israeli twist to the original, but at HaBurika Center you get in in a pita with salad and other yummie sauces and I don’t know what (honestly, I just eat and enjoy, don’t question what’s inside). For 20 NIS you get a big pita, filled with other vegetarian yumminess, enough to fill your stomach for lunch (or dinner, really!). You can’t miss the guy who makes the burika, as he screams all day long: “BURIKA, BURIKA, BURIKA! SHALOSH SFINSJ B’ESER!” (Translation: “BURIKA, BURIKA, BURIKA! THREE SFINSJS FOR 10 SHEKELS”) because yes, he does sell sfinsjs as well, these yummie North African doughnuts topped with sugar. Follow HaBurika Center on Instagram, you’ll be in for a treat: @haburika_carmel_market

I hope after describing these 5 places you’ll be hungry enough to try them! You’re in for a big carb section, but hey, no one diets when in Tel Aviv!

L’Chaïm – XoXo Sarah

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Vegan Red Lentil Soup w/ Ptitim – מרק עדשים עם פתיתים

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Hi, guys! Welcome to my video! This is my all-time fall favorite: a vegan red lentil soup. For this recipe, I added Ptitim/Pearl Couscous, this way it is consistent enough to be an entire meal. If you omit the pasta it will be low in carbs, so super delicious, vegan and healthy. This is my own creation so please, make this soup but don’t share this recipe on other websites without my permission. Hope you enjoy this video! Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel!

Recipe: 

1 cup red lentils

2 big carrots

1 or 2 onions

2 gloves of garlic

2 liters of water

1 small can of tomato paste

2 cubes of vegetable stock

2 tablespoons of olive oil 

2 tablespoons of cumin

2 tablespoons of curcuma

2 tablespoons of paprika 

1 tablespoon of black pepper

A bit of salt to taste (I often omit this ingredient)

Directions:

  • Sautée the onion and garlic in olive oil;
  • Add half of all the spices;
  • After 1 minute or 2, add the diced carrots, sautée for a minute or two as well;
  • Add the red lentils, mix it with all the other ingredients;
  • Add the rest of the spices; the bouillon cubes; water and tomato paste;
  • Mix well and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes on a medium heat;
  • Mix the soup with a mixer;
  • Taste the soup to check if the seasoning is right, if not, add spices to taste, add water to the desired consistency;
  • Add the ptitim/pearl couscous and cook it following the packaging instructions.
  • Ready to serve, enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

 

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Antwerp Hotspot: Chickpea Eat-Drink-Enjoy

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Last week, I had a heavy day with two exams, so I decided to have lunch with my dear friend Zoë. I found out the day before, on Instagram that there was a nice hummus place not so far from our campus, so we had lunch at that place, called: Chickpea.

Basically, it’s a cosy Mediterranean/Israeli restaurant with as a specialty: hummus, because the owner is Israeli and Israel without hummus is like Belgium without fries. No single North African soul can live without its chickpeas, so you can guess, one of my favorite dishes is Hummus. So, I tried!

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Here is a sneak peak of the menu. I chose the homemade lemonade and the Open Sesame which is hummus with tahini in the middle. You can get everything to take out or just eat in, it is very cosy in front of the window or on a little table on the street. The concept of this place is: Fresh and Organic.

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We first got some pita bread with za’atar spices in olive oil, as a dip. Very attentive! (y)

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Next to organic Mediterranean food and homemade lemonade, you can get homemade iced tea, juices and coffee. This is not a vegan nor vegetarian restaurant, but there are vegan/vegetarian options on the menu.

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Yummie! The hummus was delicious, especially with the hot sauce with coriander, that I love. You automatically get a small side dish with any hummus dish you order. The standard side dish is the Israeli salad called: the all time classic. (btw, how cute are the names?) If you think it’s not enough, there are plenty of side dishes on the menu you can get in small or big a portion.

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God Damn, you hummus! You were so good!

If you are in Antwerp and looking for a nice hummus place with a friendly service, make sure to visit Chickpea. Zoë wrote a review on her blog as well, so make sure to read it: Zoë’s post

Address: Oudaan 4, 2000 Antwerpen
Number: 0475 60 49 49
Website; Facebook

Until Next Time,

Love | Sarah K.

 

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