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Culinary Delights In Tel Aviv

December 16th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Our friend Eran had been talking about taking us to Julie’s since we got here. Julie… the Egyptian grandmother had a tiny restaurant near the shuk with about two tables in it… Suffice it to say, that home cooked food was unbelievable.

Zach and Gayle look into Julie's kitchen...

Zach and Gayle look into Julie's kitchen...

We went into the kitchen and picked what we wanted to eat.

Yeah, we knew it was gonna be that good!

Yeah, we knew it was gonna be that good!

After about a 90 second wait… the food began to appear.

Julie herself, getting ready to feed the troops...

Julie herself, getting ready to feed the troops...

The smell of the food was so enticing… still it could not compare to the reality of the eating itself!

Julie with the gang... Zach is behind me...

Julie with the gang... Zach is behind me...

‘How old are you?’ Julie asked Zach. ‘Fifteen,’ he answered. She laughed. ‘When I was fifteen I was married… before I was sixteen I had my first baby… then I had three more.’ We all laughed, and suggested that Zach wait a couple of years.

The family back home in the day!

The family back home in the day!

Lunch went quickly and seconds were encouraged and free.

Julie tends to the table on the street.

Julie tends to the table on the street.

Our lunch was coming to and end, and it was getting to be time to go.

Julie's is on Yom Tov St.

Julie's is on Yom Tov St.

Back at the hotel, we hit the roof for a cup of coffee while looking at the view.

The view north from the roof

The view north from the roof

Just a little bit ago, our friend Eran Arielli to Zach and I to a legendery sabich shop… Jewish Iraqi sandwiches… from a no name shop… gourmet!

Yeah... we got a seat... Eran and Zach

Yeah... we got a seat... Eran and Zach

It was so good, I didn’t even realize that the eggplant wasn’t meat. That’s gotta be good!

Dad and Zach at the No Name Sabich shop.

Dad and Zach at the No Name Sabich shop.

You can find this place on…

You can find this joint on Tchernihovsky Street... go there and wait... it's worth it!

You can find this joint on Tchernihovsky Street... go there and wait... it's worth it!

A nice post postprandial stroll back to the hotel and some final re-packing. Heading to the airport at 0130…

What a great trip with really good friends!

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  1. carlo pagliano
    December 16th, 2012 at 17:34 | #1

    Zach who bursts out laughing is not to be missed. Not to count the rest. After WOW Bilbao WOW Israel now. Great time visiting your pics Jorma, stimulating legends for real. Always thanks Jorma. Safe flight across the Atlantic back home.

  2. Barbara Jacobs
    December 16th, 2012 at 21:10 | #2

    All who love to eat great cookin’ travel there and know about Julie’s.
    It’s as if you are being served in a grandma’s kitchen!
    Good to know that Jorma and family were eating the best, cooked by that lovely lady!

  3. Cyndy Consentino
    December 16th, 2012 at 22:44 | #3

    Dear Jorma,
    How fabulous and loving this trip has been for you and Zach!
    It’s wonderful to share good times and good food with family and friends 🙂
    Wishing you and your family many more times like this!
    Be Well

  4. joe in dC
    December 17th, 2012 at 11:10 | #4

    safe travels 1/2 Hot tuna + Zach

  5. December 17th, 2012 at 15:46 | #5

    Have a safe trip back, and thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures. Looking forward to the shows in cali next year!!!!

  6. jim hitchcock
    December 17th, 2012 at 21:09 | #6

    My mom began working for TWA in ’68 (I was twelve), and Israel was the first stop on blitz tour of 5 countries in two week.

    I remember being served a Coca Cola (with the label printed in English on one side and Hebrew on the other) at an outside table by a wonderfully sweet gray haired lady who gave me a smile that still makes me feel good to this day.

    I also learned not to order gefilte fish for Saturday (?) at the Tel Aviv Hilton. It’s just that it looked so damn good. My mom, sister and I wound up reordering corn flakes, which my dad was sensible enough to have ordered in the first place.

    Old Jerusalem is still one of the the most amazing places I’ve ever been to. Time travel, back 2 millenium, pretty neat for a kid.

  7. jim hitchcock
    December 17th, 2012 at 21:10 | #7

    Saturday *breakfast*.

  8. Jim T.
    December 18th, 2012 at 13:16 | #8

    I remember the food be quite good in Israel! We even went to a kosher chinese restaurant in Jerusalem! Ironically had some of the best shrimp ever in Jaffe, oviously not a kosher establishment! Fell in love with the Fallafel while there. I remember a hamburg chain called “McDavids”!

  9. Mike Anderson
    December 19th, 2012 at 08:53 | #9

    Don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade but here in Connecticut we’re dealing with a very tragic shooting that left 20 children ages 6 and 7 years old dead and 6 school administrators/teachers/aids dead too. We had numerous acts of heroism from the teachers and principal who were all shot dead trying to protect the children. Both Jorma and Vanessa have roots in Connecticut. Snady Hook is beautiful little hamlet part of Newtown, CT. Ann Curry is looking for everyone to commit to 26 acts of random kindness, just thought I’d pass this along, we’re all very heavy of heart here. Lets ALL try and do something randomely to assist in healing this community.
    Thank you all as everyone here is part of the wonderful Tuna Family!

  10. HOGAN
    December 19th, 2012 at 10:09 | #10

    @Mike Anderson
    I don’t even know what to say to hekp ease the pain felt in that community. Please know that everyone in Newtown is in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I know the feeling of losing a child and it is the worst thing in the world for a parent to have to go thru especially something so senseless. I’ve already started my acts of kindness and have 23 more to go. If more people lived their lives like that it would be a much better place for our children. I’m sure your extended Tuna family is sending prayers and love your way.
    Take Care

  11. Mike Anderson
    December 19th, 2012 at 11:01 | #11

    my sincerest heartfelt condolences to you, the lose of a child is something no one can comprehend unless they’ve gone through it. I live in CT not too far from Sandy Hook, my gr., gr., grandmother was born there, my mother used to work in a factory there and as a family we used to frequent a local pizza/Italian resturant, this goes back to the late 50’s to mid 60’s, Dawn Hochsprung was from my hometown and was a classmate of my younger cousins. The heroics of Dawn and the other teachers who tried to save their children is inspiring beyond words. One teacher was found with her arms wrapped around another student trying to shield him. Anyway, we’re all grieving here and a lot of us have some connection to this little town and the tragedy. I have two teenage sons and can remember well them being the age of these children and watching it all keeps us in tears. It’s still very raw so please excuse my rambling post. Peace and Merry Holidays to all, rings somewhat hollow here but the world continues to turn.

  12. Barbara Jacobs
    December 19th, 2012 at 13:59 | #12

    I’m sorry to read and see the reports about yet another shooting at a school.

    I just saw a report on ABC News about a school in Chicago that’s considered to be the safest school in the USA.

    They have an expensive security system that prevents entry by any person, before they are checked-in and have security/criminal checks done on them.
    Obviously, the young man who shot those kids and school-teachers was seriously disturbed but at least he would not have gotten into the school building.

    I think the cost of that security system is $175,000, expensive but worth it.

    Perhaps you would like to start a fundraising effort for installing such a security system in the school there, where the surviving children are now attending.

    I would gladly make a donation.

    Schools need to be made safer, for all children everywhere.@Mike Anderson

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    December 19th, 2012 at 14:01 | #13

    Sorry to read about your loss.

  14. Mike Anderson
    December 19th, 2012 at 14:39 | #14

    There are several donation sites set up now, donations are pouring in from all over the world. Ann Curry of NBC was the one to come up with 26 acts of random kindness as a way to memorialize these victims in a real positive manner, donations are always accepted though. The shooter actually shot his way through the security glass next to the door to gain entrance. There are several ideas floating about as to the future of this school, best one I heard was to raze it and turn it into a park. A neighboring town is prparing an unused school they have for the elementary school students to go to until Sandy Hook can rebuild, however they decide to do it. UConn Women’s basketball coach made first contribution to survivor’s scholarship fund at UConn with $85,000.00 donation. So there are many ways of helping this community rocked by such a tragic event. We read about these types of events occurring in other parts of the country but when something like this happens in your own back yard and having connections to the community, I never realized the size of the hole it leaves in your heart, especially heinous is the age of the victims. A lot of political jockeying is going on now that the anger is starting to set in and it will be too easy for the talking heads to make assumptions so I’m hoping for positive dialog after the emotions recede a bit with time and calmer heads step up. My apologies again for venting here, might be wrong forum.

  15. Barbara Jacobs
    December 19th, 2012 at 16:00 | #15

    It’s O.K. to vent here, Mike.

    I was suggesting a fundraising for the type of school-security that’s being utilized in that Chicago school.

    I think maybe the security glass that he shot through wasn’t the same grade as what’s installed at the Chicago school. If you Google the news report, you’ll see that there’s several levels of doors, glass and other deterrents involved.
    Probably installed in that Chicago school, because of the high-crime record there and large murder rate of minors.

    It’s a suggestion that might make the parents and teachers at the school in Conn.
    feel safer as far as their children not being sitting targets while inside the school building.

    Jorma’s on his way back from Israel where violence is part of the daily threat.
    Not only is there a military presence on the streets but even Rabbis are armed with pistols.

    It’s a violent world we live in and it does hit hard so close to home.
    Hope you can find some solace in prayer or whatever efforts and kindness is being

  16. johno
    December 19th, 2012 at 18:40 | #16

    What’s going on!

    Columbine, the Amish schoolhouse, etc.,etc.,etc. ad nauseum! Now in Connecticut.

    It’s a really sad world we live in – 20 innocent angels shot dead – in school – a safe haven – you would think. In a safe, bucolic little hamlet – what for? When rabbi’s are carrying pistols – what for? Soldiers shooting innocent young children all over the world – What for?


    In this time when we try to think of “PEACE ON EARTH” and ‘JOY TO THE WORLD”, we just can’t seem to get it. Let’s not sugarcoat it.

    It’s just EVIL doin’ his thing. Maybe the Mayans were right after all. It seems to me we’re on the “EVE OF DESTRUCTION” Keep right on prayin’.


  17. Barbara Jacobs
    December 19th, 2012 at 20:57 | #17

    Mike Anderson:
    It’s been a few hours: Are you feeling a little bit better, will you be O.K. tonight?

    Although I don’t speak for Jorma, we’re friends, and he won’t mind me suggesting that if you want to speak to somebody about this, I’m here for you.
    Post an e-mail address of your choice and I will contact you.
    You will know that it’s really me because I will give you my 212-area-code phone number.

    I’ve already donated to the various fund-raising sites, including
    “My Sandy Hook Family Fund”.
    Let’s talk about what else you’d like to do to help. Or just talk.

    I will be checking in here throughout tonight and tomorrow and thereafter.
    So let me know where to contact you.

  18. Barbara Jacobs
    December 19th, 2012 at 21:09 | #18

    I wrote that rabbis carry pistols in Israel, not here in the USA.
    War between countries, nations and religious factors aren’t the topic here, just that when things are so out of control in Israel, the rabbis also take precautions.

    Perhaps this tragedy could have been prevented if that young man had a basement full of guitars and/or musical instruments.
    A good friend of mine has a son diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and learning how to play guitar has been a great help in his life.

    So let’s just try to help each other, the best way that we can.


  19. jim hitchcock
    December 20th, 2012 at 14:55 | #19

    “Perhaps this tragedy could have been prevented if that young man had a basement full of guitars and/or musical instruments.”

    Yes, yes YES!