I might be biased, but I firmly believe that the best part of traveling to a new country is the cuisine. For me, eating is all about the experience, and each culture has a different feeling associated with its native foods.
Israel is a melting pot of cuisines, from African, to Turkish, to Iraqi, to Moroccan and beyond. In addition, the mixture of Sephardic and Ashkenazi cooking has a huge impact on the culinary palette of the country.
Since eating in Israel is an experience in and of itself, I've compiled a list describing what it's like to sit down for an Israeli meal.
You know you're eating in Israel when...
It doesn't help that you're always sitting outside in the 100° heat.
Speaking of, why can't we get our checks separately? #toomuchmath
That is, if you can find a place that's open on Shabbat.
And you dip raw onions in your hummus like a boss.
Apparently, your hummus brings all the dogs to the yard.
Pictured above: cold coffee.
Who needs lettuce, anyway?
Like, literally, everything.
Because you're only allowed to drink Israeli beer when you're in Israel.
Eggplant, she's a sneaky one.
Or, you're an equal opportunity Israeli food lover and you're down to eat both.
Definitely not the same in America...