I know we all love eating, taking pictures of our food, sharing a meal together and talking about food. But do you ever ask yourself why? I think there are as many different answers to that question as there are food choices.
I feel for me it’s a way to bring my family together, to connect and to make sure I do my job as a parent to give my family an opportunity to have a foundation they can carry with them throughout the day and into their future.
Israeli food for the most part is usually made up of a main salad of chopped cucumber, onion, and tomato. Hummus smeared on a plate with olive oil and zatar. Then up to 20 small plates of hot peppers, picked vegetables, cabbage, falafel, eggplant, onions, cheese, and fresh warmed pitta bread. This is served even before you order a meal.
I love visiting the shuk (shoe-k) which is the local market in old part of northern Tel Aviv. I met a woman who gave me a tour of the shuk one morning. I walked to meet Miriam from my apartment to a coffee house where she gave me insights and a private tour. The market is about 3,000 years old. And of course has evolved from it’s original set up. Today you can literally buy anything there from socks to Belgium chocolate to diamonds and every food you can be hungry for. What you won’t see are any big box retail stores or processed foods. Everything is mom and pop as it has been for thousands of years. I like that, a lot.
I’m thinking of having a small party and cooking Israeli food. Who’s hungry? Who wants to come?