About Delicious Israel
Delicious Israel’s personalized walking, travel and cooking tours introduce traveling foodies and culture-seekers to authentic Israeli lifestyle. On our tantalizingly tasty adventures, we hear from the brothers running a third-generation Turkish family-owned deli on Levinsky Street, we taste shakshuka at a private Yemenite home nestled next to Shuk HaCarmel, and we learn about the origins of different spices from the immigrants who brought them to Israel. We introduce travelers to Israel at its purest: Israel freshly squeezed. Israel newly baked. Israel raw.
About the Founder
Founded in 2011 by former attorney and yoga instructor, Inbal Baum, Delicious Israel’s intimate culinary crusades have since taken the lead as one of the country’s most enticing ways to explore what it truly means to be an Israeli by engaging with those who call the holy land home.
After working as an attorney in New York City, years of Jewish and Israel-related organizational work and consulting in the private and public sectors, Inbal left behind the desk jobs and immigrated to Israel in 2009 to follow her entrepreneurial heart and passion. As an amateur chef (with a specialized focus on ice cream-making) and yoga instructor, Inbal is always excited for her next food and yoga adventure—in Israel and around the globe.
Moran Broza was trained as a chef in South Africa and has been traveling the world and feeding people through the kitchen and with her passion for food since, including in the educational arena, through her entrepreneurial endeavor - Be. Having worked as a chef, business manager and consultant in South Africa, Europe and Israel, Moran is excited to be home sharing her love for Israeli cuisine (its origins, history, and flavors) and is excited and proud to share her foodie knowledge with anyone who will listen. She eagerly looks forward to meeting you so that she can share her favorite local spots with you!
Olivia Hayo moved to Israel five years ago, setting off a chain reaction of culinary inspiration. She embraced her true passion and left her career in accounting to earn a Masters degree in Food Culture and Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. After tasting her way through Italy, she spent three months in San Francisco organizing social dining events and educational food workshops before returning to Israel. Olivia is currently part of the talented team at Cafe Xoho in Tel Aviv. When she’s not in the cafe’s kitchen, she’s in her own, developing recipes for her blog Olive Oil Sweet Pea.
Merav Levkowitz loves all things food-related, including cooking, eating and talking and writing about food. After living in Washington, DC for seven years, during which she spent a lot of time daydreaming about Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market and beaches, she finally moved here in 2014. Merav studied international relations at Georgetown University and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology. She works as a writer, editor and content strategist. The daughter of a Colombian and an Israeli, she speaks six languages. At any given moment she is planning her next meal or her next trip—or both.
Rachel Myerson's passion for food sprung upon her after moving to Israel three years ago from the UK, when she discovered the creative joys of home cooking. Inspired by Jewish traditional dishes, abundant local produce and travelling around the globe, she has found unexpected joy in exploring cultures through the food that they eat. As a freelance journalist, Rachel considers herself one lucky lady to be able to research and write about food, then share her findings with all of you!
Maura Schonwald was born and raised in Oklahoma where her earliest memories were making matzo ball chicken soup with her grandfather. She graduated from Indiana University, studied in Australia, worked at a micro-brewery and spent all her free time experimenting with cooking and creating new recipes. After college she moved to Mexico to do coral reef conservation and became a scuba instructor. In 2012 she left Mexico to join her sister in Israel. Her love and passion for food eventually lead her to become the Head Chef at Cafe XoHo where she was able to create weekly and seasonal specials, and experiment with baked goods, her favorite being bagels and cookies. Maura is thrilled to be part of the Delicious Israel family and introduce new friends and travelers to the markets and tasty treats of Tel Aviv.
Jared Erman grew up in the kitchen. For as long as he can remember he would help his father prepare family meals, be it on a grill, in the oven (standard or Dutch), or even in a wok. After studying marketing and entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona he spent over two years working at an investing firm in Tucson, a world city of gastronomy. While shifting between firms, he decided to spend several months interning with Delicious Israel to explore his passion for food while learning more about his cultural roots. Jared is a Fourth Degree Master Instructor in the Korean-American martial art of Modern Tang Soo Do, and served as the University of Arizona’s head coach for six years. Perhaps one day he’ll combine his love of food and karate and become a hibachi chef.