Exploring the unexpected food and wine trail in the Negev Desert.
If, like us, you can’t get enough of the Yom Tov Deli, you’re in for a treat — they have expanded! Their signature sandwiches made with a variety of fresh rolls, stuffed with their deli delights and wide selection of cheeses, fishes and meats have proven to be such a hit with the locals, that the Yom Tov team have opened a new sandwich bar, just up the road at Levinsky 31.
While Tel Aviv has taken the reigns as Israel's culinary capital, Jerusalem isn't far behind. Here are a few of our top recommendations for Jerusalem
Yudele - the across-the-street brother of the famous Machaneyehuda Restaurant, this is a bit more casual and less committal than the restaurant. The menu is similar and you can also ask to order dishes from the restaurant that may not be on the menu.
Shuk Rothschild Allenby is the newest kid on the block. Hot on the heels of the influx of ‘posh markets’ (we’re looking at you, Sarona and Shuk Hatzafon), that have popped up in Tel Aviv in recent years, Shuk Rothschild Allenby (Shuk RA? Shuk Meier? We still aren't certain what its nickname will be, it isn't exactly a Shuk after all) boasts a similarly sophisticated vibe. No shouting vendors, no piles of produce, and no feasting street cats to be found, but calm, orderly food stands with decent bathrooms to boot.
Where to buy your basics/groceries in the Carmel Market (Shuk HaCarmel) in Tel Aviv.
A round up of our top 5 Israeli breakfast spreads. For anyone following our Instagram, you know breakfast is our fave meal!
(1) Mashya - Fridays and Saturdays are a best time to hit up this well-stocked buffet as it is open until 3 pm. It is surprisingly rare in Tel Aviv to find this late of a brunch offering. You order an eggs dish from the regular menu and the chef's prepared buffet (high quality fresh salads, cheese, fish, granola, fresh baked pastries... not what you think of normally for a buffet) is included in the price.
(2) Claro - like Mashya, Fridays and Saturdays are the best bet for the late riser. We love the Israeli breakfast spread for two and the shakshukas.
(3) Hotel Montefiore - like everything coming out of this hotel, the breakfast feels elegant and in vogue. The Israeli breakfast features the basics, presented well - eggs to order, cherry tomato salad, cheeses, jams and pastries. Amp the meal up with smoked salmon or mushroom ragout on poached eggs.
(4) Rothschild Hotel - the small paintbrush in the olive oil is a simple creative touch that sold us to one of our favorite Israeli breakfasts in the city. Choices besides the Israeli breakfast are also winners here including the shakshuka and the french toast.
(5) Bucke Cafe - order the "country breakfast" and enjoy a hefty tray of daily chosen goodies fit for 2-3 people. You can let the wait staff know your preferences for the tray, and the best part is that you can get refills on whatever goes quickest.
In Jerusalem? Check out our fave spread there at Cafe Nadi.