Made it! Not a stress-free task after the last week’s weather forecasts (were already looking at our trip insurance), but we made it to Tel Aviv actually 20 minutes early on this Valentine’s Day. Just wanted to let you know that the trip…and the Blog is on.
Arrived late in the afternoon and got to the hotel (right on the beach in Tel Aviv) and immediately took a walk along the beach (just before sunset on Shabbat) to the old city of Jaffa to grab a bite to eat. Our dear friends Pauline and Sol just had suggested a wonderful Arab restaurant near the old tower.
So in we went to Haj Kahil as they were able to squeeze us in on a busy Friday night and, yes, Valentine’s. We were almost at a loss in choosing from the amazing menu. Full of fresh, fresh Middle Eastern goodies, some familiar and some not so much. Then a very nice woman sits down at the table next to ours –Evelyn from the Dominican Republic on a business trip. She ordered an amazing array of everything from the most amazing hummus to kumquats with currants to spicy carrots to pickled leeks to yogurt with walnuts to, to, too! She had been here the day before with a group and had to go again by herself. She ordered so much that we just pulled our tables together, ordered a couple of extra things, and some pomegranate juice and had a feast….
Off to bed hoping the trip will all be as special as this first culinary experience.