I love to travel.
I love to eat.
I love to eat and travel at the same time.
Before any trip, within the country or abroad, the main focus of my research is always food; foods the country or place is famous for, recommended restaurants, food shops to explore, etc. For me, it's not museums or monuments- it's walking endlessly through the local streets and finding culinary treasures.
I stumbled across an opportunity to sign up for a series of three culinary tours in Jerusalem. How perfect! Of course I immediately sent in my registration and began counting the days until the first tour.
As luck would have it, the day was cold, very rainy and not the best for a walking tour- but those are the kinds of days I love!
It's really a different world in Mea Sha'arim and although I don't necessarily agree with the ideology or way of life, I try to respect and appreciate the customs and beliefs of others.
A few of the places we visited.......
|Avihail Bakery- making rugelach|
|a men's hat store- all shapes and sizes for all the different streams of the Haredim(ultra-religious)|
|Brooklyn Bakery- black and white cookies ( or as I call them where I come from- half-moons)|
|black and white cake- I HAVE to make this one on my own!!|
|Hadar Geula- buying homemade food for Shabbat|
pasted wall notices- a means of communicating ideas and announcements in Mea Sha'arim-
this one is urging the ultra-religious to refrain from use of smartphones
This was just a sampling of the stores and food places on the tour. At times it was raining so hard, I couldn't even take out my camera. I came home with a belly full of traditional Jewish foods, an amazing learning experience and a taste for more. I'll be back here for sure on my own to spend more time wandering through the streets and shops of this very unique neighborhood in Jerusalem.
Now, I'm looking forward to the next tour at the end of this month. On our way to Shuk Mahane Yehuda
( marketplace), what many consider the best shuk in the country. See you there!