Now that I have moved to Israel, one of my favorite things to do is still brunch—but rather than on Sunday, on Friday morning. In Israel, the workweek is Sunday-Thursday because of Shabbat so Friday is the time people really go out to brunch. I also notice people tend to go earlier—perhaps to avoid the pre-shabbat rush of shopping/ everything shutting down.
Israeli breakfast food is also not like American breakfast food. Waffles are available in limited places, but they are thought of more as dessert or snack food. Pancakes I have yet to see. Israeli breakfasts seem to favor eggs—either scrambled, fried (in Hebrew, they are called something like “eye” eggs) or alternatively poached in shakshuka.
Israeli breakfast traditionally includes “lavana”, like cream cheese but healthier; Israeli salad made of cucumbers and salad; bread; and more. This means that Israeli brunch combines the best of American breakfast (eggs) with Israeli food--delicious espresso, mezze and salads. SO, here is how to order an Israeli breakfast!
1) choose the coffee drink you want (cappuccino, latte, or sometimes an iced latte at an extra cost)
2) choose a type of fresh squeezed juice (options are generally orange, red grapefruit or carrot)
3) eat a huge chunk of bread
4) with.... dips for the bread (cheese, Israeli salad, more cheese, olives, guacamole, tomato dip and more)
5) choose your main course (eggs)
6) finish with a green salad if you have room!
|My Friend Rachel with her Coffee, Empty Juice Glass,|
and Selection of 6 Dips Before the Main Course Has Arrived
|Then the Main Course and Salad Arrives.|