Explorations in Tel Aviv

9 Feb

Somewhere on Allenby Street

Somewhere on Allenby Street

Off the Main Road

Off the Main Road

Israeli Breakfast

Israeli Breakfast

I caught the shuttle into the embassy this morning so I could attend the vendor sale today. The shuttle brings me in at 8 a.m. but the sale didn’t start till 11. I met my friend S. at the embassy who also arrived early by riding in with her husband. To bide our time until the sale started, the two of us set out on the streets of Tel Aviv in search of Neve Tzedek, a neighborhood S. had heard about. Neve Tzedek is one of Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhoods and said to be one its most beautiful. In the mid-60s the area had fallen into decline but has recently been refurbished and is experiencing a renaissance. We should have done our homework before heading out because we never did find the core of Neve Tzedek where all the wonderful shops and restaurants are. And we totally missed the Gutman Museum. We’ll have to return another time.

We headed back toward the embassy but stopped off at one of the restaurants in Opera Tower for lunch. We happened upon one of the best lunch deals in town: Israeli Breakfast for Two at a total price of 77 shekels (about $20). For this price we each got juice, cappuccino, eggs fixed to our liking, a basket of breads, Israeli salad, and several small taste treats: tuna salad, guacamole, two types of soft cheese, onion jam and olives.

We finally made it to the vendor sale after lunch. It was rather small, only a handful of vendors, almost all selling jewelry, with one vendor selling framed map reproductions. After browsing the sale, we headed out again to a natural food market S. had been to before. We each took home tester samples of a new line of natural facial care products, plus I picked up some fariki! Can’t wait to prepare this wonderful grain I just learned about.

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