The Personal Touch. Druze Hospitality in the Golan.

Last week I treated my clients to a memorable culinary, cultural, historical and emotional experience. Winding through the narrow twisting streets of the Druze village of Majd el Shams in the Golan Heights, we arrived at the home of Fausia. She greeted us with a warm smile and brought us inside. Her home was filled with the delicious aromas of traditional delicacies. She invited us to sit down, and treated my eager clients to a sumptuous lunch of such [...]

Something Sweet With Your Winter Tour? Try a Krembo!

While touring Israel in the winter, sometimes you just feel like a sweet treat. Summertime in Israel is filled with ice cream and cold watermelon. But, how do you indulge your sweet tooth during the winter? Try a Krembo! A Krembo is a decadent, sweet, sticky delight that’s only available in Israel during the winter. It’s a wonderful concoction of fluffy marshmallow cream, a round of tea biscuit, and a chocolate coating that gently cracks under your teeth. They’re craved [...]

Outdoor Tour: In Search of Early Bloomers

In a few weeks the wildflower season in Israel will begin in earnest. Forests, fields and parks will explode with a beautiful array of colors and shapes. But what if you just can’t wait? Now is the time when the eager hiker can find early blooming wildflowers. These hidden treasures are worth the effort. These lovely bursts of color and delicate form are harbingers of the season to come. From North to South many varieties are waiting for you [...]

Beating the Post-Holiday Blues… With the Blues!

Beating the Post Holiday Blues… With the Blues! It’s been a wonderful season of holidays here in Israel. We’ve experienced the grandeur of Rosh HaShana, the introspection of Yom Kippur, the festivals, tours and hikes of Succot and the pure joy of Simchat Torah. Chanukah’s not until December. It’s hard not to feel a little let down. The best way to beat those blues, might be a dose of the Blues. The Tel Aviv Blues Festival will run from November [...]

Post Tour Refreshment: Israeli Craft Beer

After a long day of touring, nothing tastes quite as good as a nice cold beer. Gone are the days when your only choices were two local mass-market beers. The Israeli craft beer scene has truly come alive in the last several years. During the summer and fall, beer festivals large and small take place throughout the country. Local craft beers are increasingly available in restaurants and pubs. In addition, some brewers like Jem’s in Petach Tikva and Dancing [...]

Succot Market (Shuk Arbat HaMinim)

Here in Israel, once Yom Kippur ends, thoughts turn to Succot. There’s no better way to get ready for the holiday than to visit one of the Succot markets that spring up like mushrooms all over the country. Enjoy the festive atmosphere while you browse through stand after stand of etrogs, succahs and decorations. Try your hand at bargaining… The asking price is never the final price. Kids with balloons run in between men carrying huge bundles of palm [...]