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In Israel, they really like salad. The most common salad I have seen in Israel, is what I call “Israeli Salad”. The main ingredients are as follow:

  • Diced cucumber (2 or 3 medium sized)
  • Diced seeded tomatoes (1 medium sized)
  • Diced Onion (1 medium sized)
  • Olive oil (2-4 tbs)
  • Lemon juice (1-2 tbs, I eyeball it.)
  • with salt/pepper to taste
  • parsley to garnish

Most cafes we have been to, like to take this basic salad and make it their own. We have had it with quinoa, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), salty cheese, pickles, or cabbage to name a few. I usually make mine with a can of drained chickpeas and some Italian seasoning. I’ve also made it before with avocado, and even Bulgarian cheese!

I highly recommend this very simple, yet tasty dish.

Good Eats!!

Good Eats!!

Life is good in Israel. Surprisingly Timothy and I have had a pretty easy transition and have not experienced too much culture shock (besides almost starving our first sabbath!). However I will say, I’ve had a couple of rough days where I really had to ask  myself “What have I gotten myself into?!?!” But overall life is good.

We moved into our apartment on Sunday (Feb. 10), which Tim refers to as our Mt. Carmel Cottage. So far we just have a bed, small vanity/shelf unit, an end table, and some kitchen supplies. Our neighbor is letting us use some stools until we get some chairs. While it doesn’t feel homey like our place in Texas, it is a really nice apartment. I’m sure it will feel like home soon.

We live in a great neighborhood called Neve Shaanan, which is near the Ziv Center in Haifa. Across the street from our apartment is a small bakery (Tim likes to get pastries there) and a pharmacy. Around the corner is a grocery store. And down the street is a produce market and a butcher shop (which we don’t have much use for). We are also close to several bus stops that can take us to almost any where we want to go in the area. I think I understand the buses a little better than Tim! 🙂

Timothy and I also joined an English writers group (We are the youngest members by about 33 years, but we kinda like it that way). The groups main goal is to write about life in Haifa from the perspective of native English speakers/immigrants. I think it will be really fun and help to encourage us to write about our experiences here in Israel. Plus the people are really nice and have such interesting stories to tell.

We are also starting to make friends with our neighbors and Tim’s school mates. I’m excited about what will happen next during our adventure in Israel.

Other random thoughts about Haifa, Israel:

  • The bats are HUGE! They are like flying cats.
  • You can buy milk in a bag.
  • Domino’s Pizza is open on the Sabbath! WHOOP!
  • Hummas here is so good and creamier than in the U.S.
  • Schnitzel means fried chicken in Israel… not fried pork like in Germany.
  • Cell phone plans are CHEAP!!

As we prepare for our move to Israel, Timothy and I flew out to California (The Bay Area) to visit my parents. This was Tim’s first time in the Bay area, so my parents took us on the Grand Tour! We got to go to Half-Moon Bay,  Napa Valley, Muir Woods, Golden Gate Bridge, Japanese Tea Garden (SF & Hayward), Pier 39,  China Town (SF), Lombard Street (SF Crookedest Street) and so much more. We had a lot of fun and we are so thankful to see my parents before we move.

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