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Dairy Products at Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem, Israel

I think this one speaks for itself. The fresh dairy products in Israel are outstanding. In this picture, at a tiny dairy stall in the Mahane Yehuda market (the Jewish shouk), you can see yogurt, labneh (yogurt cheese, foreground with the basket texture), feta, and several flavored cheeses including zatar spice and olive. There is …

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Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem (with More Falafel and Pomegranate Juice)

When we met our tour guide for the Old City of Jerusalem, Nurit Lessem, she was surprised to hear that we hadn’t had lunch yet, but was more than happy to take us to one of her favorite falafel places for a break. I knew right away we’d found the right chaperone!

SP and I wouldn’t …

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“Panzanella” Salad at Spaghettim, Jerusalem, Israel

For years, everyone I know that has gone to Israel has told me how incredible the produce and therefore the salads are. "The cucumbers taste like cucumbers". I didn’t know whether to fully believe this or not given how great the farmer’s market produce we get in Seattle is. Now I know what they were …

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Falafel In The Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

This was our first falafel in Jerusalem. Of course it came in a sandwich, but we took one apart to give to Mini-Me, and that makes for a more descriptive picture than the whole sandwich. Falafel over here is so much better than you normally find in America. The falafel itself is always fried to …

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Ginger and Black Pepper Rice Pilaf – Recipe

Ginger and Black Pepper Basmati Rice

Flavoring your basmati rice is an easy way to add variety to an Indian menu. The possibilities are endless. Today’s version, with ample quantities of grated ginger root and freshly ground pepper is one of my favorites.

You don’t need a special ginger grating tool. Just use the same microplane you already use for cheese, chocolate …

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Where to Eat in Israel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv) and Italy (Rome, Florence, near Sienna)

The long anticipated sixth month sabbatical is now upon your loyal author! Starting Sept. 1 we’ll be traveling to Israel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv) and Italy (Rome, Florence, and an agroturismo named Montesigliano near Sienna) for a month, and I plan to post lots of food pics from the road. I thought I’d interrupt our regularly …

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