This Autumn, Holly Page, one of FSC’s avid ‘foodies’, visited the Middle Eastern country of Israel, where she discovered a true sense of the kosher food scene.
My best description of Israel’s capital, Tel Aviv, is ‘Shoreditch-on-Sea’. If you’re into your hipster coffee shops with homemade milk alternatives, gourmet hummus cafes and the coolest bars, Tel Aviv is your city. The big difference to London’s hipster central, millennial hang out is that it’s lined with a white sand beach which stretches the entire country, palm trees and a perfect, warm climate.
So, this year, on my second trip to Israel, I had the chance to visit some of my favourite food spots as well as discover more hidden gems to add to my list. I’m sure lots of people who have visited Israel will claim to have eaten the “best” hummus, but please believe me when I say ‘Hummus Mashawsha’ definitely offers the best. The small café, which boasts about five tables on the street and two inside, serves its hummus hot – yes, hot. Not only does it arrive fresh out of the cooker, you can choose from a number of, apparently “traditional”, toppings – I went for the fried mushrooms, and I will never look back. Even Sainsbury’s SO Organic hummus doesn’t cut it for me anymore.
I mentioned hipster coffee shops – guilty. I’m always on the hunt for the quirkiest, quality coffee, hipster hang out coffee joints, and it’s not a hard task when Israel’s coffee revolution has boomed so much, that not selling coffee, even if you’re a fabric shop, is truly frowned upon. The vast choice can give you a slight feeling of ‘fomo’ (fear of missing out), but I did stumble across a certain place – ‘Café Bucke’, which quickly made it to the top of my list. Nestled away on a residential street, you wouldn’t know it was there, unless you knew, or unless you got lost on the way to the beach, like me.
Not only do I love good coffee, I love a quality milk alternative. I don’t drink milk, so finding something other than the bog-standard soya milk can sometimes be tedious. This place, not only sells a number of options from almond milk to cashew and coconut, they make them all themselves, which means you know it’s legit and offers optimum flavour – a little bit of heaven in a cup.
It would be an understatement to say most people in Israel know how to cook. Is it because they learnt from their families from a young age? Or because they only use the freshest ingredients from the early morning markets? Or perhaps because they offer a small selection of dishes which they have mastered, instead of offering an endless menu choice, like we see in our country? I think it’s a mixture of all three.
I could spend all day describing every dish and drink I consumed on my trip, but I urge you to go and try the exceptional cuisine and coffee culture for yourself.
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