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Hummus Showdown – Abu Shukri vs. Taami

Hummus with Chickpeas and Falafel at Taami in Jerusalem

One of my very favorite days on our recent trip to Israel was the day that Sarina and I had stupendous hummus for a late breakfast and equally astounding hummus for lunch. In the morning we visited the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem and …

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Strudel from Forno Marco Roscioli in Rome, Italy

Strudel from Antico Forno Marco Roscioli

I have been to the mountaintop, and there I found strudel. Antico Forno Marco Roscioli has been making beautiful breads, pizza and pastries for only 35 years. Which I guess makes them a bit of an upstart on the Roman scene. I found them after a morning of strolling around …

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Campo dei Fiori Market, Rome, Italy

Arugula

For today’s post I’m just going to let the pictures do most of the talking. Sorry for those of you on slow connections. These are all images from a morning stroll through the Campo dei Fiori market in Rome. Unfortunately we didn’t have a kitchen at this point in our trip, so other than fruit, …

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How To Find A Good Restaurant on Short Notice

I imagine many of us have intentions of doing lots of research before we visit a new place to find out the restaurants we really want to try. However, sometimes we don’t do enough planning, or the place we want to visit is closed, or we’re simply out and about when suddenly the need to …

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Review: “Jovani” Restaurant, Tiberias, Israel

Delicious ravioli at "Jovani" TIberias, Israel

We’re on our way from Jerusalem up to Vered Hagalil. No GPS, but this looks easy on the map. We just need to pass through Tiberias, stay on the same road headed north around the Sea of Galilee (Kinerret), and we should be there in half an …

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A Happy Welcome Home

Burekas, Bulemas, Pumpkin Filas, and Sweet Rosh Hashanah Rolls from Noni Sophie

We got home last night from our month-long trip to Italy and Israel. It was an exhausting 24 hours of travel but everyone held up well, and it was a joy to see Sarina’s Dad waiting for us at the Seattle …

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The Wrath of Grapes; Grape Expectations; You Ungrapeful Bastard

Never stop playing with your food! This is one of my favorite kitchen creativity games. Take a single ingredient, and cut it as many ways as you can think of, then observe the way the cuts and textures change your perception. Then take it a step further and let those new perceptions suggest simple flavor …

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