Dessert in Israel

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The Fisherman’s Restaurant at Old Jaffa Port.  I’ll keep this short and sweet 🙂

Malabi, a creamy, popular Middle Eastern milk-based pudding.   However, an Arab dessert, it has become a staple in Israel.  Usually sweetened with rosewater, Malabi can be served with varied toppings such as nuts, pomegranate seeds or pistachios .  Mine was served with strawberry sauce, coconut shaving and nuts.  Also known as Muhallabieh, you can find this sweet treat as a street food item or upscale establishment.

Fun fact I’ve learned is that the recipe originally comes form Turkey and is an offering to Turkish Jewish weddings, symbolizing a ‘sweet’ journey ahead.  How sweet!

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The restaurant itself was simple – nice.  It sits along the water offering indoor and outdoor dinning options with some eye catching and eye sore views.  We were a large party who easily took up 3 – 4 tables.  Service was pleasant, food was decent or good for those who have a huge appreciation for bread and hummus (basically Mediterranean food, but I’m not those people) yet clearly the dessert was something special.  Not completely sure, but for those who care it may be the only kosher restaurant in Jaffa Port.

Getting back to the dessert, unfortunately, the coconut shavings interfered with my over enjoyment of this dessert, I’m not a fan of coconut, but my respect for the dish still remains.  Our host covered the meal so I am unable to offer cost, but when you go, go with a huge appetite!

Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Taste *
Price 

Happy Resurrection Sunday for those who celebrate!

A Sabbath Stew while in Israel

My apologies for not posting yesterday on Sunday.  I guess my days are a little busier than I thought.

Well, It’s been a journey while here in Tel Aviv, a good one.   I woke up worried about breakfast – no electricity to be used.  Laid in bed for a second, a moment of thanks and gratitude, then off about my day.

T was my roommate while staying at Hotel Cinema – an Atlas Boutique Hotel.  She’s actually Jewish.  I thought, she must be ecstatic to have a sabbath while here on this land.

Anyways, I get out the bed.  I felt responsibility at my door.  “Let’s do it,” I tell myself trying to get pumped.  Another long day ahead and the people depend on me.  “<Sigh> what’s for breakfast,” I question out loud.  Clearly I’m speaking to myself for my roommate already left the room.

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What to do with my Banana?

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“pssst”

“pssst”

“Hey, you over there!”

It was the banana trying to get my attention.  Now I know what you’re thinking?  You’re thinking I’m crazy.  Well, just know I love food and it loves me back to the point I hear it speak to me.  Sometimes I resist.  Other times… .

It kept asking me crazy questions like, “Do you love me?”  I’m thinking – OF COURSE!  Who doesn’t love fruit?

“Rub some sugar on me,” the banana kept saying.

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This Little Corner Place

LIKE there’s this little corner place called Grub Restaurant hidden in a residential Hollywood area.  AND LIKE I haaaaaaaad to check it out.  Their idea was to create a place that felt like home. Figures right!?!?

This spot is easily missed. Street parking if you’re lucky or valet of which I forgot the cost, sorry guys.  About this valet, a part of me felt bad for the guy who had to literally run around the block to get our car.  Then another part of me felt completely over it and just wanted to look for the car myself because it took that long and promised to not eat here if I can’t get my own parking spot. <sigh> Either way, it’s Hollywood people.  Just play the reminder in your head over and over that parking will ALWAYS SUCK!!!

So let’s get inside shall we.

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Oh you would love it!  It offers photo moments in every corner.  Full of color, fresh greenery, wood, home, back yard, a welcoming calmness, you know all that good stuff.  I just had to snap a pic.  Super cute, easily missed in the cut, full of charm, was such a delight.  Grub Restaurant seems to be a spot clearly the locals know about.

Our waiter was great, got our order ready and I appreciated the veggie sticks and pretzels brought to the table 🙂  what a great touch!

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So while the Eagle went with a simple sandwich and side salad, I ordered the Our Friggin’ Amazin’ French Toast which consist of 3 croissants coated with cinnamon vanilla batter and cooked to golden brown. Served with maple syrup, pecans and raspberry butter at a cost of $12.00.  I also ordered a side of their “Crack Bacon”.  Well, voted Citysearch’s best breakfast in LA, I’m personally not sure why.  The food wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t memorable.  Wait, I take that back.  IT WAS MEMORABLE, but in a negative.  The french toast was fine, not great, not bad and I will always appreciate flavored butters.  However, THAT BACON – YUCK!!! Now I LOVE bacon, I mean, LOVE IT!!!  But this crap taste like beef, pork, lunch meat, something…nasty.  Now if you want flavored bacon, try Saint Marc of whom I visited.  Now they had good and fun bacon flavors.

Would I go back here again?  NO, simply because of the parking and bacon.  I don’t want to wait around forever for my car and if I can’t have something salty with my starch then what’s the point.  Does this mean you will dislike it – no.  Pay them a visit for yourself, but you won’t see me there.

Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Taste *
Price **

I made cinnamon rolls :)

Guys I am so excited because I made cinnamon rolls today – YES!  Are they the best you’ve ever seen?  Probably not LOL but that’s ok.  I’m still proud of my efforts 🙂

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I wasn’t sure whose recipes to explore.  I’m also those people who for whatever stubborn reason lacks the interest of following instructions and enjoys breaking away to do my own thing – don’t ask why (…probably why you didn’t love it). Also, The Eagle doesn’t really care for cream cheese so I changed the glaze as well.

I was nervous the entire time.  Whenever I’m near bread/yeast, things go wrong LOL  If you read the previous blog about biscuits then you should remember me mentioning I tend to over kneed or simply destroy the dough.  OH – FYI, I’m going to practice biscuits sometime this week. Not only should you wish me luck, BUT also send out a bread prayer – just saying and thanks in advance!IMG_3104.JPG

I’m not posting the recipe either.  Not because I don’t want to share, but because I’m still working on it for it’s a mixture of a few.  Besides, it’s not 3 or 4 stars yet. The bread came out well, but I could have pulled it out of the oven few minuets sooner. It baked for 25-30 minuets at 350 degrees.  I should have taken it out the first time I checked on them 20-25 minuets in.  Luckily they were still soft.

For the icing I combined powered sugar, butter and VERY little cream cheese.  He actually enjoyed it – Shocking!

IMG_3106.JPG Over all, we were pleased.  They were yummy enough.  I ate two back to back and a third an hour later.  I was VERY proud of myself, but I know what’s great and I have ways to go, but that’s ok because I’m down for the ride. <eye wink>

Well, I just wanted to share.  And if there’s something you too are working on, you have my support 🙂

YOU CAN DO IT!