Rick Steves’ Europe

S8 E5 | CLIP

Tel Aviv, Israel: Beautiful Beaches and Tasty Cuisine

Tel Aviv is a young, modern city with gleaming new buildings, a beautiful beach scene, and delicious, locally-sourced cuisine.

AIRED: April 14, 2015 | 0:01:56
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Tel Aviv is a young city.

If looking for historic charm,

you can stroll the original main drag,

Rothschild Boulevard,

with its nostalgic cafes and venerable buildings.

But Tel Aviv is gleamingly modern and growing fast.

Its infrastructure is impressive

and its new buildings look to the future.

Its beach scene comes with

some of the best sand on the Mediterranean.

A world away from the religiosity of Jerusalem,

the people here seem focused on living for today.

In this culture, food is love,

and it seems to celebrate the bounty of the land.

We sat down with our guide, Benny, and driver, Kobi,

to get an edible lesson in this part of Jewish culture.

Hey, cheers. L'chaim.

L'chaim. Very good.

So, Benny, could you say this is typical Israeli?

Yeah, you can say this is typical Israeli.

Everything that you see here is grown here locally.

STEVES: Now, you could say this is Israeli,

but it's also Arab cuisine.

BENNY: Yes. We call it now Israeli food,

but you can find it in the Arab countries,

you can find it in Lebanon, you can find it all over the Middle East.

Here we have eggplants with olive oil and tahini.

Here we have the tahini itself.

Here we have another eggplant salad with vegetables.

That's the hummus.

Very famous hummus made from chickpeas.

This is something special. This we call tabbouleh.

It's made of burghul and parsley and cucumbers.

Very special, very tasty.

It's okay to reach and dip your pita bread into it.

You dip it in each of the salads,

and that's the way to do it, no need of a fork or a knife.

And, Kobi, how do you say bon appétit in Hebrew?

-Beteavon. -Bete...

-Avon. -Beteavon.

Thank you.

-L'chaim. -L'chaim.

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