Taste of Israel

How often in life do you get a chance to go to the Holy Land~~on a foodie adventure…meeting incredible people…eating amazing food…walking hallowed dirt that only the Great have walked…and, all expenses paid! I was one of seven lucky bloggers from the food, travel, journalism, and lifestyle sectors to be invited by Taste of Israel, and the amount of ‘stuff’ packed into probably about 104 hours was phenomenal. I have hundreds of photos, videos, notes, pieces of paper, and memories in my head that I’m slowly committing to short, albeit poignant and moving, essay blogs over the course of the next few months~~maybe a year! I’m not only inspired to write about things, but also create recipes, which will be exclusively on my ‘~~signature recipes~~’ page.

I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures of seeing Israel from my eyes as much as I relished being there. Truly this was a gift from God, and I feel very responsible for igniting in you a desire put on your bucket list a trip to visit this diverse and rich country~~I’ll be going back someday soon, yes, on my own nickel, and I’m considering it a well-deserved investment in my soul and spirit.

dan gourmet flatbread

Why in the world do I call this ‘Dan Gourmet Flatbread’…well, because that’s where I learned to make this flatbread~~in Tel Aviv at the Dan Gourmet Culinary School…I’m not sure I paid enough attention because my dough didn’t raise like my fabulous Chef instructor’s did, but the end product was […]

Jerusalem Eggs with Black Forbidden Rice & Quinoa

nomad eggs with black forbidden rice & quinoa

Inspiration for new dishes comes from random events and places for me like when I’m brushing my teeth or gargling and then from some pretty predictable places like cookbooks, but I must say not many cookbooks and/or recipes truly inspire me, like make my heart skip a beat or two~~like […]

~spiced chickpeas & crunchy vegetables~

spiced chickpeas & crunchy vegetables

It’s no secret that I love Middle Eastern foods~~when I had the privilege of traveling to Israel, I was like in heaven with the street food, eating at restaurants~fancy and down home~and, spending not enough time at the Jerusalem market, Machane Yehuda.  Maybe someday I’ll be able to travel to […]

2013~~Highlights of a Lucky Year

2013~~Highlights of a Lucky Year

~~Remembering 2013~~ ~~Some of the Best Ally’s Kitchen’s Chest Bump Moments~~ ~~And this is just a sampling~~ Taste of Israel ~~ Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my cooking and culinary passion would take me to the Holy Land as one of 7 international bloggers invited as guests […]

the king david hotel & kitty

the king david hotel & kitty

I’ve tried really hard to figure out what was the BEST part of my incredible experience with Taste of Israel.  While it’s kind of like trying to decide which of your ten kids you love most, I must say that one of the highlights of this lifetime adventure was the […]

The Language of Food in Israel

The Language of Food in Israel

When I learned I was going to Israel as one of seven international guest bloggers invited by Taste of Israel and Stand With Us, I had no idea what to expect with food.  Oh, yes, I knew some dishes like hummus (which I pronounced ‘hum-us’ and only to find out […]

Taste of Israel~~The People Behind It

the people taste of israel

So, what is Taste of Israel—who’s behind it, why do they do it, what does it involve, how is it done, how do you become part of it?  Wow, good questions that I had, too, and ones that I know a little more about now after my about 104 hours […]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9yni0G_9zI

14 seconds of pure ecstasy~~

Shakshouka~~one of my most favorite things I tasted in Israel~~not sure why~~maybe it was the ambiance, maybe the dipping, maybe the smell of the marketplace, the amazing people I was with, maybe all of these things and more~~whatever it was, I’m making it and creating my own ‘boho’ version~~isn’t that […]

Taste of Israel~~104 Hours to Fall in Love~~

104 hours to fall in love

Life is so full of the unexpected, beautiful amazing things, if you’ll just let yourself be open.  Sometimes that’s tough because as humans we kind of like our predictability, our routines, our status quo and circle of life that’s comfortable. When I first got the invitation to be part of […]