I might be biased, but I firmly believe that the best part of traveling to a new country is the cuisine. For me, eating is all about the experience, and each culture has a different feeling associated with its native foods.
Israel is a melting pot of cuisines, from African to Turkish to Iraqi and Moroccan and beyond. In addition, the mixture of Sephardic and Ashkenazi cooking has a huge impact on the culinary palette of the country.
Since eating in Israel is an experience in and of itself, I’ve asked my peers to help me compile a list describing what it’s like to sit down for an Israeli meal.
You know you’re eating in Israel when…
-it’s impossible to get water when you’re sitting at a restaurant.
-the only three Hebrew words you use on a daily basis are slicha (sorry, excuse me), mayim (water) and heshbon (check).
-eating challah in an Irish pub on Shabbat isn’t considered weird.
-ice cubes just don’t exist.
-hummus is literally your entire meal.
-there are automatically four dogs at your feet whenever you sit down in public.
-you know the difference between iced coffee and cold coffee.
-your salad consists solely of tomatoes and cucumbers.
-you put za’atar on everything.
-you drink Goldstar everywhere you go.
-you can’t seem to escape the eggplant.
-you get a 5 shekel Cofix fix every morning.
-you’re either Team Falafel or Team Schwarma.
-you know the sketchier a place looks, the better their food probably is (this goes for juice shacks as well).
-you’re still not entirely sure what sabich is.
-it’s normal to be served salad and fish for breakfast.
-french fries in your sandwiches, always.
-you’ve accepted that lemon with mint is the greatest combination ever.
-you have a strong opinion about arak.
-the vegetables you eat taste like they were picked minutes ago.
-you’re sick of the same old schnitzel/potatoes/rice at every single hostel.
-there are pickles on EVERYTHING.
-pita, all day every day.
Agree? Disagree? Did I miss anything? Leave a comment and let me know!