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Tel Aviv is one of the most special cities in Europe, well in fact geographically speaking Israel is part of Asia, but they still compete on Eurovision, which is more relevant right? The city is a cultural melting pot, with different cultural references in every corner.
The city is also a great destination for food lovers, with great dishes from homemade hummus to mouthwatering sushi, the city is certainly not for the ones on a restricted diet. The food culture can be clearly seen as Israelis take pride on the quality of their food, from the many quality burger bars to very unique family restaurants, indulgence is a keyword here.
We have selected some of our favorite places to eat in the city, so you do not have to miss any of the great little places locals love to brag about.
Moses (Rotshild 35, Tel Aviv, Israel)
Tel Aviv has a lot of quality burger joints, for instance you have Moses bar which is a big chain with mouthwatering options. The restaurant has a retro ambiance and serves from Kish Kebabs to Quesadillas. We recommend their Artburger (a mix between lamb and beef). Next to some of the most famous clubs in the city, you can make sure to drop by for a late night snack as the restaurant is open until 4 a.m.
Benny Hadayag (Jaffa Port | Hangar 2, Tel Aviv, Israel)
This is a very well-known fish restaurant, which the specialty is modern Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant also offers a large selection of seafood based dishes. The place can get very crowded, so make sure to go with time to spare.
Giraffe (Ibn Gavirol 29, Tel Aviv, Israel)
Giraffe is a Pan Asian restaurant, with some of the best Pad Thai you will ever taste. The staff is very friendly, and portions can be shared easily. A great place to have a delicious dinner in a very laid back location.
Dr. Shakshuka (3 Beit Eshel, Tel Aviv , Israel)
Dr. Shakshuka is a kosher restaurant serving North-African home made cuisine. Their most famous dish is Shakshuka, an egg based dish in tomato,pepper onions, and spices (often including cumin, turmeric, and chillies), and usually served with white bread. The service is very good and the atmosphere of the restaurant is very pleasant, but it can get a bit noisy.
Benedict (171 Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv, Israel)
If you are anything like me, you can eat breakfast dishes throughout the whole day without getting sick of it. Then Benedict is the place for you! The restaurant serves all dishes you could probably expect from a breakfast feast, from eggballs to bread with Nutella to perfectly crisped bacon. We recommend their deliciously filling English Breakfast. Plus, it is always open to cater to the always hungry locals.
Olivery (Ibn Gabirol 137, Tel Aviv, Israel)
If you crave some Italian food while in the city, do not forget to check Olivery for some of the best pasta and pizza. Everything made in a brick oven and the house wine is very recommended by locals. We recommend any of their risottos, they are simply amazing. If you are coming by car, it might be a bit of a hassle to find parking, as the restaurant is centrally located.
Noach Ahad (Ha’am 93, Tel Aviv)
Book-lined café with wooden floors, the favorite haunt of bohemian and arty types, plus many others. Try the homemade carrot cake while listening to live Jazz and Funk on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.
If you have any additional restaurant tips, please leave them on the comments below!
This is a guest post by James Cave.
France is a country famed for its food and any trip here is going to be centred on food, food and more food. Well, for me that’s how trips to France have always been anyway!
A few months ago I decided to go and live in France for a few months, having been lucky enough to read about a house that needed looking after on a pet minding website. I applied, was accepted and moved out here, ready to stuff myself with frog legs, baguettes and escargots. I still haven’t eaten any frog legs or escargots, but I’ve eaten plenty of baguettes. In the meantime I’ve picked up on a few quirks about food in France that I thought might amuse someone else.
Love for McDonalds
You might find it strange that in a country so well-regarded for its love of food, and in particular stodgy, rustic country dishes, McDonalds would be so popular. I did anyway, but outside of the US, the French are one of the biggest consumers of Big Macs and Happy Meals (pronounced ‘Appy Meals’) according to the NY Times.
Of course you can still pick up your baguette, croissants and pains au chocolat just about anywhere, but head to McDonalds (Or McDo’s as it’s known in France) at lunchtime and you’ll be lucky to get in the door. Well, ‘lucky’ may not be the right word.
Rigorous Cheese Laws
“How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?” once asked Charles de Gaulle. Things were easier when he was in power; now France has anywhere between 350 and 400 different types of cheeses depending on your source.
Regardless of the number of cheeses France has, the government has been very successful in getting some governing in place. Epoisse for example, an incredibly pungent French cheese that’s so smelly it’s illegal to carry it on public transport in France. It’s not the world’s smelliest cheese however, that’s Vieux-Boulogne. No laws have been passed about Vieux-Boulogne in France, but the cheese has been declared illegal in the U.S. I’m hoping to pick up some in time for my French cheese board this Christmas.
The Toughest Marathon in the World
When you think of the toughest marathon in the world, you’ll probably think of something put together by the people behind triathlons like Alcatraz or Iron Man but in fact, unknown to most of us, the French have the toughest marathon in the world.
You won’t have to run through deserts or scale any walls here though; the Medoc Wine Marathon takes place in the beautiful French countryside in the warm, but bearable month of September. While the idea of drinking a glass of wine and enjoying a piece of cheese every mile sounds quite pleasant and leisurely, try doing it at every mile of the marathon as is encouraged by the marathon officials.
France is a fun country to visit, especially for its food. Stay here for long enough and you’ll start to uncover a few funny quirks and surprises.
If you suffer of Samhainophobia, you might want to stop reading right now because this is all about pumpkins, Jack-O’-Lanterns and Trick-or-treats. Halloween is creeping up quickly, and it’s time to discover all the ins and outs of what might be one of the world’s scariest holidays.
Vibrant; vivacious; venereal – London’s reputation spreads far and wide. The streets are paved with gold, the black cabs run on digestive biscuits, and everybody wears a bowler hat.
There’s always a lot going here because, whatever the weather, London loves to party. One of the best examples of this is the world famous Notting Hill Carnival. Known for its attractive Georgian townhouses and dreary rom-coms, once a year the usually placid district of Notting Hill comes alive in an explosion of colour and music. Strip off your clothes and strap on your dancing shoes for Europe’s largest free carnival.
As a follow-up to our Top Berlin blogs : a tale of two cities, we’ve asked our bloggers to provide some great insiders tips for an unforgettable trip to Berlin!
Trying different dishes and snacks might just be one of the best parts of travelling. Street food is often cheap, very tasty and probably most true to the local cuisine. No matter where your travels take you, every country – or even city – has its own specialties and treats. Join us for a quick guide into the delicious world of street food!
Brussels’ Grand Place, Amsterdam’s de Dam, Derby’s Osnabrück Square…our world was, at one point, built around these public spaces. We traded, we gossiped, we rallied, we celebrated. Nowadays we pop into Uncle Tom’s Cabin for a sausage and egg buttie whilst we watch the tourists feed the pigeons and pose for photos.
Many squares remain fascinating and exhilarating places to spend a few hours, and Madrid is one of the best cities to throw yourself into the square culture. There are loads of them – large and small – scattered across the city. Personally, I’m far from an expert on the subject, so I’m going to team up with a Madrid native. Francisco, our Account Manager for Spanish destinations, once gave us all a wonderful view of Dublin off the beaten track. He’s back to share his tips on his home city, and my-my, isn’t he an abyss of enthralling information about it.
As a follow-up to our Top Amsterdam Blogs post, we’ve roped our Amsterdam Experts into providing some expert insider tips to enjoying a fantastic trip to Amsterdam.
Thanks very much to:
- Vicky Hampton, the Amsterdam Foodie
- Kira Nijenhuis, from Life in Amsterdam
- Cecily Layzell at Eat Amsterdam
- Mark from dutchgrub
- Wendy at Typical Dutch Stuff
- Daniel Duclos from Ducs Amsterdam
- Wieden+Kennedy from Our Dam Blog
We’ve tried our best to condense their answers, which were very insightful – especially when it comes to food and drink! If you haven’t already been to Amsterdam, book your trip today. It’s a beautiful city with a lovely ambience and a variety of attractions.
Without further ado, let’s get down to the useful stuff:
This time on our interview specials I am happy to introduce to you not only a colleague of mine at easytobook.com, but also a good friend! Luigi, or Gigi as we all call him here, is one of the nicest and most easygoing persons I ever met. Witnessing Gigi get stressed or upset about something is almost impossible as he always manages to keep his calm (it is almost hard to believe that he is Italian!). No matter what time it is, (even if it’s minutes before going home) Gigi will always be willing to help out with a problem, listen to long, unimportant stories, (mostly told by me) and to keep a smile on his face while doing it. I asked him a few questions so you will have the chance to get to know him a little as well
Name: Luigi Picazio (Gigi for all my friends)
Position: Marketing Executive (SEO and Social Media)
Moved to the Netherlands: almost 3 years ago
Christmas is over, but a lot of people -including me- still have in their belly the vivid memories of the food we had during the holiday season. Since EasyToBook.com is an international company with people from all around the world, a lot of people went on holiday to their home country to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with family and friends and, of course, eat their typical Christmas specialties. In these days we keep talking in our kitchen about what we had during the past holidays, so I decided to make a list from a few favorite holiday season specialties from countries from which EasyToBook.com employees are originally from.
You can easily recognize which of the Italian EasyToBook.com employees spent their holiday back home… We walk like zombies, holding onto our bellies as if our lives depend on it. Even though New Year’s Eve was over a week ago, we can still feel all the food we had.
The Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners in Italy are basically the same, but there are some small variations. In the south, where I am from, every course contains fish: we start with smoked salmon, then spaghetti with seafood, followed by some fish cooked in the oven. I know this sounds almost like a dinner when you are on a diet, but the fish is just the base of the dinner… Between the main fish courses you usually have any kind of deep fried vegetables, mozzarella, nuts and much, much more.
For New Year’s Eve the most important things to eat are lentils and “cotechino”, a special kind of sausage that we eat only during New Year’s Eve. Lentils symbolize luck with money and “cotechino” fortunes for good health.