(Listen to this song about Tel Aviv in the fall as you look at the pics. It got stuck in my head as long as we were in the city.)
A classic Israeli breakfast *always* include: 1-2 eggs (any style), small chopped vegetable salad (tomato and a cucumber are a must!), an assortment of cheeses, fresh bread, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee.
Good espresso drinks are so easy to find.
Lots of cafes, lots of traffic, lots of bikes, people, and trash in this extremely vibrant and crowded city.
Parking is extremely scarce! Your only chance to find a parking spot is at 3 AM
…so bikes and scooters are the way to go,
Plenty of freshly baked goods stores
Plenty of freshly squeezed juice shops on every street—how marvelous is that?
At the market called Shuk Ha-Karmel :
This Druze (an ethnic group in Israel) woman made fresh flat pita which was then spread with Lebni (a sour goat cheese) and Za’atar (a spice mix with oregano, sesame, etc)
Colorful ethnic restaurants,
Mountains of fresh produce and organized chaos
And mountains of candy
10 minutes walk from the market is the beach with golden sand so soft like powdered sugar—magical.
At the beach, lots of restaurants and cafes serving fresh food (Almost every Israeli meal is accompanied with fresh veggies/salad. Fries, here called “chips”, are a popular side dish)
Sabih is a sandwich you will find in many menus across the country. It has eggplant, hard-boiled egg, tomato and tahini.
Chicken schnitzel is very, very popular too
With a glass of beer in hand (You can drink alcohol at the beach/in public) and this view, I was extremely happy.