Tuesday, June 21, 2011

tel aviv market


my israeli friend and i went shopping in the tel aviv market for shabbat dinner. i was stunned by the variety and color of the produce - the eggplants and peppers have an almost muscular quality to them.

i loved smelling the spices and admiring the enormous range of textures

a favorite thing to do is to stop for a fresh squeezed orange juice. my friend is sipping juice made from jaffa oranges, the most fragrant, grown in the region

hookahs, hubbly bubbly, sheesha - whatever you call these middle eastern water pipes, they sell a lot of them here.........

the market was guarded by this handsome plainclothed israeli soldier, who seemed the same age as my son. locals have long stopped paying notice to the fact that their everyday errands are protected by someone carrying an uzi. these facts did not escape my attention, however, but such is daily life in israel...
next stop, jerusalem....

26 comments:

  1. Methinks I am starting to fall in love with Israel. Lovely images.

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  2. Those really are muscular looking eggplants and peppers ! They have the same rippling bulges I was admiring on the horses running at Chantilly the other day... I just hope they don't carry Uzis also, and put up a fight before getting chopped up for the frying pan ! Yeah, too bad that guns are necessary in such an otherwise lovely place... the spices look out of this world. Very similar to spice market stands in Syria and Lebanon...

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  3. I was going to gush about the gorgeousness of those tomatoes....when I saw the vendor with a ciggie in his mouth. I must say that the very worst thing about life abroad is the ever-present smoking! Next to that, is the need for armed soldiers everywhere.

    But, the eggplants and peppers make my mouth water...as does the Jaffa Orange Juice.....

    Once again, your photos make it all come alive and bloom with life.

    Love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  4. Wow..such a Gorgeous feast for the eyes...beautiful post! I love gazing at all the beautiful colors, shapes ad textures..and Id love to have that drink too please!
    Beautiful!!
    Victoria

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  5. Muscular is an apt term for such earthy goodness. And yet, the over arching fears nearby. Hope you're enjoying the sights.

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  6. I have never heard eggplant and bell pepper described more elegantly. Muscular-- I absolutely love it. It's almost a turn-on!

    My aunt smokes a hookah. My father jokingly advised his sister to put out a table and charge fifty bucks to divine fortunes while she sucked away at her hubbly bubbly pipe. :)

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  7. Everywhere! Guns. In uniform or civies. When we were in Israel 20 years ago, it was the same.

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  8. What a beuatiful post in words and nonetheless images! So right you are about the texture of the vegetables. And I can almost scent all the spices.
    Yes, it is indeed surreal to us to see a soldier guarding a market place. What a very different reality than we are used to...
    Thank you dear Amanda for always absolutely beuatiful and poignant comments at my place, I so appreciate your visits.;)
    xoxo

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  9. I have spotted them even in Eilat - which is a place for sun and water sports. They are responsible for their guns ALL THE TIME, even if they are not working and when they take their home.

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  10. One never knows where we will find you Amanda and where you will take us for an adventure. No matter the city or country, the markets show us a slice of life not found in the books. Your descriptions are perfect and between the words and the photos my mouth watered with that delicious orange.

    Safe travels,
    Genie

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  11. The vegies do look muscular...no supermarket, anemic vegetables there! The presence of guns certainly keeps you in the moment....an unfortunate necessity of life in Israel. ....great looking market...I'd love to dig into those spices. ....

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  12. It was a real pleasure to visit such a wonderful market, thank you!

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  13. Could those fruits and vegetables be any more beautiful? So sad about the market being protected with an Uzi - but I guess it is part of life in that part of the world.

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  14. i loved this amanda! how exciting your trip is so far. i think the markets are a wonderful way to experiance another culture, i would love to walk through this one.

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  15. amanda, to describe those peppers and eggplants as 'muscular' is brilliant. what an image, backed by reality!

    i love marketplaces, large and small. i have never seen so many tomatoes in one place!

    you are surely have another great adventure. i'm very glad to tag along. thank you xoxo

    love
    kj

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  16. Fabulous fotos! I haven't been over to your blog for a while (bad blogger me!) so I've been catching up. Oh, and congrats on 100th post.

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  17. Fabulous shots. I always enjoy hearing of your travels.

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  18. Catching up on your posts. I will have to make the lemon and mint drink. I make fresh lemonade but not added the mint before.

    Love your pics they are so interesting and vibrant. Take care and enjoy Greece. :)

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  19. Growing up in Montreal there was a market place near our home and there you had Basil Brothers Grocery. It looked very much like that picture of the spice bins and the smell that spilled out on the street; it's all gone now.
    The general atmosphere emanating from gun toting sokdier by the vegetable stand reminded me of an old Tyrolean man I met on a street car not long after the 39-45 war. He told me:"My country is beautiful, but always war, not good for my children so I came here. But I long for Tyrol!"

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  20. Oh, THANK YOU for taking me somewhere else tonight. I have sons the age of soldiers. I know this math...the equation of it.

    I work at a community supported agriculture farm in my spare time. The musculature of the vegetables mimic the bob-&-plumb of my own arms. Oh...to be so equated.

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  21. I'm enjoying the photos from this trip so much! What I like is seeing a vendor in a yarmulke - something one doesn't normally see in Boston. Alas I haven't been to Israel....I was either too poor or it was too "dangerous". But to walk the streets and see all those ancient ruined site - oohh....heaven.
    keep the photos coming - they're gorgeous

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  22. just back from vacation where the produce was fresh and the orange juice was, as yours, unbelievably good. Looks like an interesting place to visit, very eye opening.

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  23. yikes you really do travel eh? i love these market pictures - amazing that is all produced in the desert!
    x

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  24. Love your photos!!! Even though I don't know you personally, I thought of you yesterday while driving by the ruins of Baalbeck here in Lebanon. Enjoy your travels!

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  25. That market looks amazing..with all that fresh color and spices.Can I ask..When taking your photos..Do you ask the person first?I was recently in Miami and I wanted to take some photos of people on the street and well..I felt a wee bit silly..now of course I regret it.You may need to send me some of your adventure gene ok.Hugs,Cat

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  26. I am always amazed at how much better fruits and vegetables taste in France than in the U.S. and I can almost smell the wonderful photos of fresh produce in Israel. Why can't we have that in the U.S.? Not even the farmers markets have as much variety.

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