I Found My Gourmet Grocery Shop in Tel Aviv

Actually, I found two. Ok, three. I seek these places out like water in the desert. They make me feel at home in a foreign city. I had lunch at Delicatessen, which even had Ina Garten cookbooks on display. Here, they serve a great menu, but also have delicious take-away. I ducked into Neroli Health Food Store on Shabazi Street, which has organic juices. And I bopped around Kitchen Market, which has several stalls set up as well as a restaurant, in the Tel Aviv Port area. 

Kitchen MarketI walked for miles, took copious notes, and ate strawberries that tasted like summer from the Carmel Market. I feel like I have a much better grasp on the city after tackling it on my own.

I rented my own car in Tel Aviv, so I zoomed around today. Parking is terrible, and I got a parking ticket (at least, I assume it is a parking ticket - it is all written in Hebrew so I need to have it translated). Still, it gives me a freedom that I love and more time in the day that is mine.

Tel Aviv PortOutdoor lunch at DelicatessenCute shop on Shabazi StreetTel Aviv Port View

Welcome to Tel Aviv

Flying into Tel Aviv is so beautiful - blue & green everywhere. I'm told the bright colors will soon be gone and the heat and humidity of the summer will take over. But for now, it is lush and gorgeous and I'm loving the sunshine. We ate at Hahultziym 3 in the Florentine neighborhood and I am dreaming of the next time I can eat there for hunks of parmigiano-reggiano, bruschetta, and challah bread stuffed with crumbled pork. I'd go back this week but the chef/owner is closing up and going on vacation to Italy. Aside from my lost baggage, which has since been returned to me, I love Israel already.

View from Old JaffaA tour with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Aziz Abu SarahWonderful dinner at Hahultziym 3