Food in Israel is a mix of culinary influences from northern Africa, Muslim nations in the Middle East and European countries on the Mediterranean.
Eating chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, is very common in this country. The legume is prepared in different ways as a main or side dish. Hummus is a thick paste obtained from soaking chickpeas for 12 hours and then processing them with sesame seeds, cumin, lemon, salt and pepper.
In addition, they eat a lot of falafel, which is also made from chickpeas. They make the dough with parsley, cilantro, garlic, cumin and onion and then fry it until golden croquettes are formed.
Pita bread is the food that is served every day without fail. It has a very smooth texture and is often filled with meat or falafel since it has an open space inside, although it is also eaten with hummus. In Israel, meats are cooked on a vertical spit called a shawarma, on which they roast pieces of lamb, beef or turkey previously seasoned with spices from the area such as pepper, olive oil, garlic and amba (mango powder).
Location: Natural Health Center, Playa Samara. (view on map)
Dish: Tabouli. It is a very refreshing salad made from Bulgur wheat with parsley, onion, garlic, mint, tomato, lemon and olive oil. It is served with falafel balls that are crispy on the outside and soft inside, along with hummus and handmade bread.
Price: ¢2,800 (about $5.25)
Dish: Wrap on homemade pita bread. The falafel wrap includes five chickpea balls with hummus and herbs. The Samareño has chicken and tzalziki sauce made with yogurt, cucumber and garlic. Try it with their house dressings, either chipotle sauce or chile panameño with avocado.
Prices: Between ¢2300 and ¢2500 (about $4.30 to $4.70 ). Combos with the beverage of the day between ¢3,000 and ¢3,500 (about $5.60 to $6.60).
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