Markets

Markets in Tel Aviv in March 2019

Markets are the 1st stop for every food lover, there for going to a market is one of my most loved tours while visiting another country and in this case the Markets in Tel Aviv.

North Market, Shuk Tzafon

Market north, in Hebrew “Shuk Tzafon” is a entrepreneurship of Michal Anski. Michal performed as a judge in a famous food reality TV show in Israel.
She earned the trust of the audience in Israel in the show as she was giving honest reviews of food she was judging and more over while tasting it she was doing it with a big smile and a genuine appeal.

The concept behind Market North is about people who go to a Market and at some point they want to eat something that is prepared from the freshest ingredients and that is made on the spot, therefor, combine that with a chef and you have an outstanding idea.

Market north in Tel Aviv is not only a Market, it also a place that you can visit with your Family.
In March the Market will host Purim events for the kids, a “Week of Greece”, “TapasFestival” and an evening of nostalgic music in Thursdays.

Markets in Tel Aviv

Among the many restaurants you can find in the restaurant are:

Don’t forget that if you can’t visit the market, a few of the restaurant offer a delivery service.

Market North is open from Sunday to Thursday between 10:00 – 22:00 And in Friday between 09:00 – 16:00.The Market is closed on Satudays.
The Market is closed on Satudays.

Market North is located in Tel Aviv, 20 Raoul wallenberg St.

https://www.shuktzafon.co.il/

Tel Aviv · Vegan

24 rupee vegan restaurant

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24 rupee is the 4th place of my Top 5 spicy dishes in Israel list.

I have to be honest, I’m not a vegan, altough it did cross my mind a few times while I was visiting Israel, almost in every busy street corner you can find a place that sells Shawarma, after eating that outstanding dish (no it’s not even close to the shaurma we have in the United States) at times you can’t stop thinking of those adorable chickens that are slaughtered and cooked.

This is going to be a Tel aviv travel Vegan post, let’s have a break and not talk about food that contain animals.

Tel Aviv, the vegan capital of the world

Tel Aviv is a vegan friendly city, it is listed with 8 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents, some sites even reported that travelling to Tel-Aviv is satisfying with all the Vegan restaurants.

Going from meat lover to vegan in Tel Aviv

After feasting on a few shawarmas at the Vacation in Israel I decided to try a vegan restaurant, and as I’m a huge fan of spicy food I asked a few people about a good place.

Most of the people said “Get out of here, you? vegan??” and a few others just laughed, but some of them we’re serious, I’m not sure if they we’re really serious or it was the heat, but they all pointed that I should try 24 Rupee restaurant.

I have searched for 24 Rupee and the first thing that came to my mind after a glimpse of the logo is that it looks like that demogorgon monster from Stranger things…

24 Rupee logo

I have started my journey into the vegan restaurant 24 Rupee in Tel Aviv seeking for spicy food and found and outstanding place that I ranked #4 in my list of top 5 spicy dishes in Israel.

Dishes in 24 Rupee

While I was traveling to Tel Aviv, my good friend Michal joined me and together we went to 24 Rupee.

We had a very nice chat and after drinking some room temperature we finally, we ordered a couple of first dishes, the first one was named momo, it’s kind of dumplings, the second one was named Samosa and YES it was a bit spicy.

Right after we received our main dish which was somewhat a mix of Indian dishes most of them we’re spicy and I was extremely happy with it.

To conclude, my day trip to Tel Aviv we went to eat at 24 Rupee restaurant and it was incredible, the place is full with color and keeps an open mind, we have set there on carpets and the tables were short, some of our eating neighbors were sitting on the grass and it was wonderful chatting with them.

The dishes were spicy and it deserves getting to the 4th spot on my list of top 5 spicy dishes in Israel, don’t forget that a better way to have a trip to Israel it’s advised to join an Israel Experts.

It is located in Schocken Street 16, Tel Aviv.

BeerSheba · Ful

Top 5 spicy dishes in Israel

Election day in the holy land is right around the corner, with it the spirits in Israel are getting into more and more loud arguments, you can catch those arguments while having a bus ride in Tel-Aviv or mostly you can’t ignore the youth having loud arguments in the train.

The last arguments I over heard while I was riding the train from Tel Aviv to Be’er-Sheva, which a was part of my tour / vacation to Eilat, yes Eilat, it is the most southern city and the most famous resort for local Israelis.

Eilat is a neighbor city to Aqaba located in Jordan just a cross the border, I know there are interesting day trips that you can take frim Eilat to Aqaba and I sure plan on taking one myself, I will write about that soon.

Well, enough off topic things, lets focus on what’s important here and it is the food.

So, while I was riding the train, I heard the loud argument of a youth group about who will be a better prime minister after the elections, some said that if Benny Gantz will win the elections, the country will go into a turmoil, similar to the one happened when there was “maa-pach” a word that the local Israeli people use to describe the elections in 1977 when the likud came into power in Israel and brought a turmoil to the country that had many wavelets even for a decade after.

Another youth group was arguing that Benjamin Netanyahu is a master of his domain, and he knows that the fight got really hard in this elections so he is doing an educated loss at these elections just to came as a savior in the upcoming Years with the upcoming turmoil of the prime minister exchange, but, with all that Netanyahu is an old dog, and he knows how to play the game, he is a master in this game and there are many bunny’s in his sleeve that we still didn’t see.

Of course, Netanyahu with the “behind the scenes” unpresented support of the miser multi billionaire Kobi Maymon, can do almost anything.

While this argument was going on, I could think that I want to eat spicy food, Israel – the holy land has many spicy dishes that in part are famous, but at the most part they are infamous or only known to the locals.

Let’s have a break from the spicy arguments going on all over Israel for a few minutes and I’ll show you the top 5 spicy dishes I just loved in my tour to the holy land.

So without further ado…

The top 5 spicy dishes in Israel

And in the 5th spot…

Number 5 hot spicy food in the Holy Land

Beit Hafol in the old city of Beersheba.

Beit Hafol in the old town of Beersheba, Israel.
Beit Hafol in the old town of Beersheba, Israel.

There isn’t a good way to describe this outstanding place, so I’ll do my best.
Right after I went out of the train that brought me to Beersheba on my tour to Eilat and Jordan, I was really hungry and asked a few local Israeli people where should I eat, some gave me the generic answer of McD, some pointed me to local food chains, But I was looking for something genuine and local, a family business.

Some of the people I asked on the street about food, pointed me to Beit Hafol, they said…

I know this place for years. Ful (Broad bean) in a pita is something you must try.

not any Beit Hafol (As it appears there are a few of those) but as one person said, the one and only Beit Hafol in the old city of Beersheba.

So, I hopped on a Taxi, which btw was nice to tell me about how tasty the food in Beit Hafol and that I should order Fol in Pita and that they give you a massive amount of free salads on the side.

The Taxi ride was only 5 minutes and the driver charged me 25 shekels which is approx. $6.

And so I came into standing in front of the grand culinary establishment called “Beit Hafol” ready to order my pita, right after I’ll get pass a long line of people who are standing before me, but rest assured that the line moves extremely fast and there is entertainment whole waiting.

The lady of the restaurant is named Osnat, is taking care of the customers, it seems like she is always angry and frustrated, but boy oh boy does she make that food fast while chatting with the clients impatiently and it seems all clients know her by name and greet her.

It’s understandable as this business is working since 1952.

To make things short, I got my pita with ful, after Osnat smiled and asked me in Hebrew what I wanted inside of it and the local Israeli and Bedouin people helped with the translation, I’ve set down to eat…

Osnat from Beit Hafol in Beersheba, Israel

I took a big bite, and wow, it’s an explosion of unknown tastes in your mouth, an amazing mixture of middle eastern spices, some Arab cuisine spices and local Israeli vegetables, it was amazing… BUT the dish was HOT, I mean really really HOT HOT.

(That was the reason Osnat was smiling) it seems like it’s a local tradition to burn the mouths of tourists in Beersheba, but hey it was so tasty I couldn’t stop eating it and ordered another pita with ful, this time with a cup of lemonade to ease the spicy taste.

The conclude, Beit Hafol and its dish of ful in pita is the number 5th place to eat a spicy dish in Israel while touring the country.

BTW: ful is Vicia faba that is cooked over night with many spices.

It is located in Herzl St 55, Beersheba, a taxi should not cost over 25 Shekels, no tip isn’t needed as it’s not common in Israel.

The Negev Museum of Art

While there you can visit the amazing Negev Museum of art, which is located a short step from Beit Hafol, in 60 Ha’atzmaut st – http:// http://www.negev-museum.org.il/