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Nosh and Tell Journeys: Israel

Hey all!! I’m still in Israel but I finally have access to the internet so I wanted to start blogging. Props to Whitney for her amazing posts while I’ve been away. She is the best blogging buddy ever. I’m so upset that I didn’t get to try any of those goodies. They looked delicious. 

Anyway, I’m so excited to start sharing all of my culinary experiences with you guys. I also don’t just want to show you the food but I want to teach you everything I’ve learned in the process of eating! The problem is that I have so many pictures of food that I don’t even know where to start. I’m going to try to organize everything into three blog posts. 
1) Packaged Goods
2) Street Food- Falafel and Shwarma
3) Street Food Continued- Miscellaneous Foods

While I was at a wine tasting I picked up a gorgeous cookbook all about Israeli food. When I get home I’m going to dive in there and start cooking and show all of you some more traditional Israeli food! I can’t wait! 

So let’s get started. I apologize for the lengthiness of these blog posts.  I will do my best to be short and sweet! 

This is your typical wafer cookie.  These are everywhere in Israel. They are crispy and sweet and perfect for a post meal dessert. This was my favorite of all the wafer cookies I tried.  It’s actually non-dairy so it can be eaten even if you’ve had meat recently (according to Kosher rules). Don’t shy away though- the chocolate is really great and doesn’t taste like other non-dairy products. Also just a note about the bottled water here- it doesn’t taste very good! You can drink all the water here, even from the sink. For some reason it just tastes a little off…but I’ve been drinking it for the past two weeks and I’m still alive, so there ya go. 

This is James. He’s eating Pizza topped with some Italian spices from a bag. This little tea-bag is packed with all sorts of spices that will make your pizza delicious. Pizza in Israel isn’t too shabby. They definitely have the bread down- it is soft and chewy and the crust gives the North End in Boston and New York’s Little Italy a run for their money. They do need a good Italian grandmother to teach them sauce basics because the sauce still needs some work. 

Need a little nosh? Try some bugels Israeli style. The chips and snacks here are endless. I saw some Doritos that were spicy hummus flavored. Also we found this snack called Bomba. At first I shied away from the peanut butter flavored cheeto-like consistency but once I tried them, I was in love. They are light and fluffy and the bag will be gone before you know it. I’ve never seen them in the US but please somehow find a way to order them online. 

This is Emily and Alyssa. Our Rabbi on our trip told us when we got here that we MUST try milk in a bag. I’m still not sure how I feel about this invention. The package is self explanatory- literally chocolate milk in a bag.  Bite open the corner and you will have tons of milk. The problem is what if you don’t want the whole thing? Just let it spill everywhere? The bag is kind of big and I foresee a problem of not being able to finish the whole thing. Despite the strangeness of this drink, it was very popular among the kids in my group. 

Craving something American? Here you can find your favorite gum, Bazooka. Unfortunately the cartoons are in Hebrew. I still have my cartoon and my new life’s goal is that someday I’ll be able to read it. 

If you come here, there are tons of foods that will look familiar but I always encourage you to try new foods, especially when you’re in a country where everything tastes amazing. My next post will be about those new strange and exciting foods that you’ll find in the streets. These are the gems of Israel and I can’t wait to share them with you. 

Bon eating from Tel Aviv,


  1. Mary says

    Now I know what to eat when I go to Israel :-). This is a very clever post. Stay safe and have a good time.

  2. James says

    falafel in israel blows places like mammouns and chick pea out of the water, can’t wait for your next post!

  3. Whitney says

    LOVE it! So glad you’re back to blog! yayyyy xoxo
    ps james, nice cameo

  4. skanter says

    Great pictures and stories…
    Bring back the Bazooka Gum…massive quantities

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