Last June my fiancé and I spend three weeks in Israel (her first trip). We made our own itinerary, renting a car and hiring guides for some days and did our own thing other days. One of the ideas that a friend had given us before we left for Israel was to take a "culinary tour" and so we researched and found Inbal and Delicious Israel on the web. Via email, we booked a day with her on a day that we would be in the Galil. Her suggestion was to meet in Nazareth, go through the Nazareth market then on to an organic goat farm.
I've read most of the high-praise reviews here and still I feel a need to add our experience which went beyond the markets in Tel Aviv.
We met in Nazareth and Inbal took us through the market with stops -- including tastings -- at some of the shops. Highlights in Nazareth were a stop at coffee shop where the owner made us his specialty pastry and coffee (which were excellent) the halvah factory (which was fascinating but we got there in mid-day as they were closing) the baklava and sweet pastry factory and finally a spice store which had been in the family business for 100 years. At the baklava and sweet pastry factory my fiancé ( a very enthusiastic cook) was invited to try her hand at making the pastries (see the attached pictures) which was awesome.
But then after leaving Nazareth we drove to the organic goat farm, Goat With the Wind, located in the middle of nowhere in hills north of Nazareth and East of Haifa. We were greeted and shown around the farm (fiancé loves baby goats and we got there at feeding time) then led to a covered table where we took off our shoes and sat on the floor and were brought a late afternoon meal, an abundance of wine, cheeses, breads, oils, spices, salads and flavors all of which was produce of the goat farm.
Here is what I want to share. Our three weeks in Israel was the trip of a lifetime but, in hindsight, that day with Inbal was THE highlight. Inbal took us to places we never would have gotten to. That was the day that stands out the most vividly and it added so much to the overall experience. It balanced all the seeing and touring and learning with a personal, flavorful immersion into the land. When we tell friends about our wonderful trip, the culinary tour is the one thing we tell everyone they must do when they go.
We've added pictures so Inbal will know who we are and so you all will see how much fun it was. At the end of the day, we dropped her off at the train in Haifa and never had a chance to say "thank you" but now we did.
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