Somebody asked me about the food in Tel Aviv the other day and I just had to shake my head. Tel Aviv made me fat. It could be because the food is good. It probably IS because I subsisted nearly entirely on large vats of frozen yogurt covered with chunky, nutty granola *cue heavy sigh*. It didn’t help that frozen yogurt shops are as ubiquitous in Tel Aviv as are, well, Jewish people. Yogurt places are everywhere. I would have fro yo for breakfast. Then I would have it for lunch. And once I even had it for dinner. My obsessive frozen yogurt consumption got so embarrassing that I would go out of my way to get fro yo at establishments I’d never been to- it was just too humiliating to keep on going to the same place. Luckily, I wasn’t alone in my obsessive compulsion- my fair Liebling found himself worryingly dependent on hummus!
Really, you can’t blame me: it was so hot and humid in Tel Aviv that it was natural to want to ingest something cold and refreshing. Trendy cafes touting ice coffees, flavoured ice, and fro yo are ridiculously abundant and tempted me on every corner on our first day in the city. After being hounded by their presence for two hours, I had to succumb to the inevitable:
Yes, I ate that all by myself.
You’re laughing, I’m sure but y’all know already that despite eating whale recently, I’m not very adventurous when it comes to trying new food abroad. Before going, I was actually afraid of the food in Tel Aviv that I would encounter.
And then I discovered fro yo. Eating frozen yogurt on the scorching days in Tel Aviv evoked memories of summer back home- except that, at most establishments, I had a devil of a time trying to read the menu…
Liebling, for his part, simply couldn’t get enough hummus. Our first day, we came across this aptly named restaurant- Liebling informed me he had to at least go in and have a look:
(And by look, he meant eat.)
But guess what? There is no shame in my game. After all, a well-fed traveller is a happy traveller!
What are your favourite foods to eat abroad? If you find something you like do you tend to eat it over and over?