You may have noticed that I haven’t been very present here recently. I am forcing myself to stay away from my blog for a short while because, despite the pleasure it brings me, sometimes in life we just need to prioritize. When there are only 24 hours in the day, and at the moment most are spent writing papers, preparing for exams, practicing aerobics, and a few sleeping and eating, there isn’t much time for the delights of blogging.
It is still far away, just a glimmering hope, but because I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I thought I’d take a little break, and share with you a lovely recent respite. A few weeks ago my mother-in-law took myself , my two sisters-in-law (Adena and Avital), and my new niece Achinoam out for a day of girlie fun. ‘Girlie fun’ in this instance meant coffee and muffins; lunch at the lovely Bistro de Carmel in the pretty vineyard town of Zichron Yaakov; ducking in and out of quaint shops in a way that only girls know how; a pedicure; and then another coffee with cheesecake to round the day off! Yes, it was a good day.
I would recommend the restaurant – you can read a full review by a real Haaretz food critic here, if you’re interested. That just leaves me to show you what we ate… (We read the review before we went and ate according to his recommendations!)
Starter: Fish kebabs on cinnamon sticks. These were DELICIOUS! The kebabs are made from finely chopped salmon and sea bream and somehow tasted meaty rather than fish. They were just slightly infused with the taste of cinammon, and served with a herbed lemon sauce.
Starter: Champignon mushrooms stuffed with a mixture of crumbled cheese, nuts and breadcrumbs. Finished under a hot grill and served with a thick green tehina sauce. Yes, yes, also delicious. Sigh.
Main: Fish and chips. How could I resist? Small, tasty, red mullet fillets cooked in the tempura style with a light and flaky coating. Served with thickly cut potato chips and a yummy dipping sauce.
Main: Sweet Potato Ravioli. Slightly peppery, drizzled with a sauce of sage, lemon and butter. Rich but not too rich, firm, delicate and delicious.
Apparently grape harvesting season has began, because as we were eating, (with a view of the winery next door) we watched trucks full of grapes arrive and load their contents into huge vats. Fascinating…
Main: Seared Tuna Salad. Baby leaves, tomato, cucumber, green beans, purple onion and seared tuna in a peppery coating with a red wine aioli. By the time I got round to tasting this I was more or less stuffed -but Avital really liked it.
So thank you very much to my mother-in-law for the day out. It was good girl time spent together. And I am STILL enjoying the pedicure two weeks later…
Bistro de Carmel: Carmel Winery, 2 HaYain St., Zichron Ya’akov. Sun-Thurs 09:00-23:00. Friday until 15:00, Saturday evening.
Tel (04) 639-1788. Visiting the cultural center and tours of the winery require reservations, call (04) 629-1788. Kosher