Fenster Culinary Trip

May 6-14, 2020

Trip details

 

Tour Dates: May 6-14, 2019
Number of participants: 25

 

 

Day 1: Wednesday, May 6

 

Welcome to Israel!

 

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to Jerusalem. Relax, get acquainted with the area, and adjust yourself to local time.

 

Opening dinner at Hatzot followed by a street art tour of the closed market stalls of Machane Yehuda.

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 2: Thursday, May 7

 

 

Diverse, Delicious Jerusalem

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Avihai Tsabari “Is There an Israeli Cuisine”?

 

Nachlaot is known for its narrow, winding lanes, old-style housing, hidden courtyards and many small synagogues. In the wake of gentrification projects in the area, the face of the neighborhood has changed while retaining its unique character.

 

Machane Yehuda Market tasting tour. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

 

Late lunch at Azura, a family-run institution in the Iraqi section of the market, famous for its Turkish-inspired delicacies that are slow-cooked to perfection atop kerosene burners.

 

Visit Herzl Brewery, one of the smallest commercial breweries in Israel. The founders, Jerusalem natives, aim to create interesting flavors using the highest quality ingredients, and avoid making boring, everyday beer.

 

In the evening, take an Eastern European Jewish tasting tour with Chef Shmil Holland, one of Jerusalem’s most well-known chefs whose inspiration comes from his grandmother’s stories and Eastern European recipes. The tour is a dialogue between the practice of real food preparation and tracing the history and folklore of the foods.

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 3: Friday, May 8

 

 

Jerusalem Prepares for Shabbat

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Experience Jerusalem’s Old City in a unique way through our Tastes of Jerusalem tour. While touring off-the-beaten-track sites and winding alleyways in the Old City, stop for tastes of Jerusalem delicacies such as the famous Jerusalem beigele, chumus at Lina’s, baklava, k’nafae or a piece of Jerusalem kugel.

 

Head to the First Station for Israeli Folk Dancing!

 

Rest, relax and prepare for Shabbat. Optional visit to the Kotel for Kabbalat Shabbat.

 

Enjoy an authentic and intimate dining experience in the home of a Jerusalemite to savor what an Israeli Friday night dinner is all about.

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 4: Saturday, May 9

 

To the Jerusalem Hills We Go!

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

 

Tour the beautiful Ein Karem neighborhood and then take part in a bread baking workshop there. Dive into the world of dough with Atalya whose magical hands will guide you through the entire baking process.

 

Visit Kamel Hashlamon's tehina and halva factory, Al Yasmin, in Abu Gosh for some of the best tahina in Israel.  Kamel imported millstones crafted by a Syrian stonemason to create authentic, traditional tahina and halva.

 

Late lunch at Majda in pastoral Ein Rafa. This restaurant offers traditional Middle Eastern food, cooked from very fresh ingredients and includes the help of family members who are sincere and genuine about offering superb, top quality food.

 

Evening on own

 

Overnight: Jerusalem

 

 

Day 5: Sunday, May 10

 

 

The Coastal Plain

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

Visit the very special Tulip Winery in Kfar Tikva, Village of Hope.  The winery employs the developmentally disabled adults who live in Kfar Tikva and produces excellent wines.

 

Visit the “coexistence road” in Wadi Nisnas, an Arab neighborhood in Haifa. The Art Work route includes displays by dozens of Jewish and Arab artists and the Poetry Path includes excerpts by Arab and Jewish poets and explains how their words connect to the neighborhoods. Wadi Nisnas is also a culinary gem full of small shops with unique, home made, dishes and rare, seasonal ingredients.

 

Lunch on own at Wadi Nisnas

 

On a peninsula that pokes out into the Mediterranean, Akko seduces visitors with towering ramparts, deep moats, green domes, timeless synagogues, slender minarets, church towers, secret passageways and subterranean vaults. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.

 

Next, you’ll be guided by Chef Osama Dallal, an Akko native and one of Tel Aviv’s most promising young chefs, through all the culinary delights that this city has to offer.

 

Dinner at Uri Buri

 

Overnight: Galilee

 

 

Day 6: Monday, May 11

 

Back to the Galilee Basics

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Spend the day exploring the Galilee with Paul Nirens, chef and founder of Galileat. Highlights of the day include tasting delicious goat cheeses, meeting the farmers and touring one of the best goat farms in Israel; foraging for fresh greens; taking part in a Galilean cooking workshop with a local family where you’ll learn how to cook the greens you’ve foraged and much more; and finishing the day with a delicious dinner that you’ve helped cook.

 

Overnight: Galilee

 

 

Day 7: Tuesday, May 12

 

 

Takin’ it to the Streets

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

The biggest trend in Tel Aviv today is street food. Meet with local food expert Amit Aaronson, a TV host and culinary blogger/writer, and Bentzi Arbel, owner of two of Tel Aviv’s hottest restaurants to learn about the evolution that street food has gone through over the past year.

 

Continue the morning by touring Shuk HaCarmel, Tel Aviv’s central market. In recent years, Carmel Market has joined the ranks of Tel Aviv’s trendy spots for bars, restaurants, coffee shops and chef-owned food stalls. Taste a variety of street food dishes including borik, hummus and malabi.

 

Try Israel’s lesser known street food, sabich, at Sabich Tchernichovsky.

 

Chef Eyal Shani has elevated the simple pita at Miznon with fresh gourmet cuisine stuffed in light and fluffy pitas. Try his signature roasted cauliflower as well.

 

Taste falafel at HaKosem, which in recent years has developed a serious cult following in Israel. Jerry Seinfeld even made a point to stop here on his last trip.

 

Bring your culinary inspiration from today’s tour to an Israeli street food cooking workshop led by cookbook author Adeena Sussman. Learn how to make some of Israel’s traditional street food dishes so you can bring the flavors home with you!

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 8: Wednesday, May 13

 

 

The Desert in Bloom

 

Breakfast at hotel

 

Travel south to the desert and visit the Ramat Negev Desert AgroResearch Center for a hands-on, tasty tour. Learn about the scientific and technological research at the RNDARC that is helping to advance desert agriculture.

 

Next, visit Matnat Desert Farm, one of the many havot bodedim (lone farms) built by modern-day pioneers who are making David Ben-Gurion’s vision of the desert blooming come to life.  Hear the story of the family who are running the farm and the herbs and plants they grow.

 

Lunch at Matnat HaMidbar

 

Meet with Salima, a Bedouin woman living in an unrecognized village near Yeruham. Hear about the Bedouin lifestyle and the challenges this community is facing in Israel today. Taste traditional Bedouin coffee and tea. Optional lunch instead of Matnat HaMidbar.

 

Return to Tel Aviv and dinner on own.

 

Overnight: Tel Aviv

 

 

Day 9: Thursday, May 14

 

Breakfast at the hotel

 

 

Start the morning at Levinsky Market, which is a must-see stop in Israel if you are a foodie. The market specializes in a wide variety of offerings including the finest spices, dried fruits, boutique cheeses, roasted nuts, coffee beans, olives, pickled vegetables, cured fish and more. The melting-pot character of the market reflects its fascinating history - starting with Balkan cuisine catering to Greek Jews in the 30s, expanding to Persian flavors introduced by Iranian Jews shortly after the establishment of the country, and evolving ever since to the diverse shuk it is today.

 

Stop at the Milk and Honey Distillery, the first whiskey distillery in Israel, for a tour and tasting.

 

Visit Ika Chocolate Boutique and taste their famous za’atar chocolate. Meet with the founder and learn about her special Israeli flavors.

 

Free time at Sarona and Sarona Market.

 

Meet with Roni Saslove, one of the most talented and premiere female winemakers in Israel, for a “Refining Your Senses” workshop.

 

Closing dinner at Guetta

 

Departure

 

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