Re-Branding Israel? World Class FOOD & WINE!
(Click on the pictures to explore the food/wine scene)
Could there be a connection between the Israeli personality and Israel being a world class food & wine destination? Israelis are a a diverse people, known for being passionate, opinionated, honest, full of life, eager for new experiences, out-of-the-box thinkers and creative. Many food and wine connoisseurs believe their their culinary scene represents all of that personality and more!
So what makes Israel a top food & wine destination?
1. No end to the variety ...
Named by Saveur as a "Best Culinary Travel Destination", Condé Nast Traveler placed it atop its list of the most vegetarian-friendly cities on the planet that same year. Tel Aviv has the most Vegan restaurants in the world. You have Hungarian, Moroccan, Yemenite, Turkish, Lebanese, Thai, Fusion, Seafood, Meat, Breakfast 24/7, cafes, cafes and more cafes, and the list goes on. You can "eat your way" through the country!
2. Fresh from the farm is a must!
I'm going out on a limb here but I think Israelis may have invented the idea of "farm to table" eating! Agriculture is everywhere in this tiny country so farm freshness is right around the corner and nothing less is accepted! In general, Israelis are good cooks so when they eat out, they expect excellent food.
3. A meal is an social experience and is not to be rushed
There is no turning the table multiple times a night. There are generally 2 3-hour seatings per night and the waiters will mostly leave you alone to enjoy. The final check is only brought upon request and it's not seen as an imposition to stay until closing. Closing Hours? "When the last person leaves!" I kid you not!!! Often, sitting at the bar at a restaurant, the bar staff will become part of your fun and enjoyment - conversation, a shot of liquor on the house! Just sit, relax and enjoy!
4. Vineyards are taking over
Israel's wine industry has become so popular that they now offer an International MSc in Viticulture and Enology at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. With such diverse climate, soil and topography from north to south, the country is a heavenly microcosm for the art of cultivating vineyards and wine-production, an art that has put Israel high on the world wine map. Over the past 10 years, Israel has experienced huge growth in its wine industry, greeted with rave reviews of it's wine. Don't forget ... wine making here dates back to Biblical times and they have uncovered wine making techniques from ancient times!
Cheers and Bon Appetit! Let's enjoy a meal or 2 together!
"Experience the Energy" Coed / Interfaith: Israel & Petra February 2019