The Jew And The Carrot

Eating Your Way Through Israel — On a Budget

By Tal Trachtman

Whether you’re craving creamy hummus, cheesy burritos, Indian dahl, grilled calamari, Druze pastries or fresh fish, eating well in the Holy Land doesn’t have to cost you much. We’ve compiled a list of where to get the best bite for your buck. From Israel’s northern border to its most southern tip, learn where to find delicious, hearty, local, homemade, and budget-friendly options, all for under 60 shekels (less than $17). It turns out foodies can be frugal, too.

Sabich HaNegba street 16, corner of HaRoeh street, Ramat Gan

The dispute over who made the first Sabich – fried eggplant, hard-boiled egg, tehini, hummus and salad stuffed in a pita and drizzled with amba (the Iraqi version of mango chutney) – in Israel is well known to Ramat Gan-ners and Sabich-lovers alike. The employees here and anyone else who grew up in Ramat Gan, claim the word Sabich originates from the name of the deceased Iraqi owner of this spot, Sabich Chalabi, who first made and sold the glorified sandwich in 1961, now considered a national gem. His ID card is proudly laminated on the wall of the place to prove his claim to the patent. True or not, this is the place for sabich.

If you’ve never heard of the dish, you’re certainly in for a life-changing vegetarian treat for the whopping price of 18 NIS. Half portions are also available. This may be a messy feast so devote yourself to the experience, don’t wear elegant clothing and you might even enjoy it when the first drop of tehini stains your shirt. Warm, simple and filling — you’ll never go back to falafel or shwarma. A small tip: if you don’t plan on smelling like you’ve just bathed in yellow curry, skip the amba — although I swear it’s worth it.

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Israel, Hummus, Cheap Eats Israel, Abu Hassan, Budget Eats, Sabich

Scrumptious Shabbat Salads For Any Season

By Rachel Harkham

Rachel Harkham
delicious bibimbap salad

During the hot summer months my mother had a few standard Shabbat-lunch salads. There was a Carrot Pineapple salad made with crunchy sweet carrots cut into matchsticks and mixed together with a syrupy can of crushed pineapple. Also in her repertoire; a leafy green salad with chopped chicken and a dressing that I swear tasted like lemonade. Looking back on it I can’t blame her for her haphazard combinations, she just wanted to get back to her beloved rest-day ritual of devouring a good book or two.

Like Mom, I recognize the merits of a thrown together Shabbat salad. For me it is a celebration of non- cooking, an opportunity for creative re-assigning, and an invitation to experiment. This summer of Saturday Salads began with a Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Salad, which featured leftover cornmeal crusted chicken strips on a bed of shredded lettuce, a scattering of minced chili peppers, cubed avocado and diced tomato and topped off with crushed tortilla chips. It was flavorful and full of texture, but not so impressive on the “lite ‘n healthy” scale.

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: shabbat, salad, sabich, bibimbap

Mixing Bowl: Bourekasabich; Shabbat Dinner Ideas

By Devra Ferst

iStock

The Nosher’s Shabbat recipe round-up includes a recipe for fig taleggio pizza and roasted peaches served with lavender ice cream. If you’re cooking this for Shabbat, we would love an invitation! [My Jewish Learning]

Boureka + Sabich = Bourekasabich. A delicious and rich combination of two Israeli foods. [Midtown Lunch]

Take a tour of Jerusalem’s Machneh Yehudah market in photos. [The Kitchn]

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Shabbat Dinner, Sabich, Mixing Bowl, Machne Yehudah, Langer's Deli, Tahini

Mixing Bowl: 'Chew on This,' and Kosher Milk Controversy

By Devra Ferst

iStock

This summer Food & Wine Best New Chef Bradford Thompson will fire up the stoves at the soon-to-open Jezebel, a “Modern American Kosher” in Tribeca. [GrubStreet]

Sabich, an Iraqi Jewish sandwich with fried eggplant, egg and Israeli salads is tough to find in New York. So how do two of the options stand up? [Midtown Lunch]

An organic milk company in Maine called MOOMilk is being sued by the Orthodox Union for using its kosher symbol without authorization. [Boston Herald]

If you’re anything like us, your idea of a beach read includes sumptuous descriptions of meals in Paris and books on beer (to be enjoyed while drinking a cold one, of course). Here are some summer reading suggestions for food lovers. [Eater]

A perfect way to celebrate the warm weather, Watermelon Radish and Fennel Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. [The Daily Meal]

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: MOOMilk, Mixing Bowl, Sabich, FDA

Sandwiches of Israel: The Divine Sabich

By Devra Ferst

Falafel and shwarma are so ubiquitous in Israel and in the American Jewish cuisine that it would be easy to think that there are no other iconic sandwiches of Israel. For those who think this – I am supremely sorry that up to this point, you have been deprived of sabich.

A sandwich made in pita or laffa (a baked flat bread), stuffed with fried eggplant, hummus, salads, a hard boiled or baked egg and topped with tahina and amba (a tangy bright orange condiment made from pickled mango) – sabich is a intriguing and delicious blend of textures and flavors with bites alternating between the tang of amba and the sweetness of silken fried eggplant, with the crunch of fresh Israeli salads thrown in.

Read more


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: Taim, Sabich, Falafel, Einat Admony




Find us on Facebook!
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • "It’s the smell that hits me first — musty, almost sweet, emanating from the green felt that cradles each piece of silver cutlery in its own place." Only one week left to submit! Tell us the story of your family's Jewish heirloom.
  • Mazel tov to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky!
  • If it's true, it's pretty terrifying news.
  • “My mom went to cook at the White House and all I got was this tiny piece of leftover raspberry ganache."
  • Planning on catching "Fading Gigolo" this weekend? Read our review.
  • A new initiative will spend $300 million a year towards strengthening Israel's relationship with the Diaspora. http://jd.fo/q3Iaj Is this money spent wisely?
  • Lusia Horowitz left pre-state Israel to fight fascism in Spain — and wound up being captured by the Nazis and sent to die at Auschwitz. Share her remarkable story — told in her letters.
  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.