Wednesday, January 21, 2009

What's on the Menu?

Let's talk about food. The food here has actually been good. Almost too good. We get a surprising variety each day and pitas and humous are offered every meal. Fresh pitas are always readily available and so delicious. Bell peppers are a big thing here and I love it! Especially since red and yellow peppers are expensive in the States, it is nice to be offered fresh peppers with every meal. They also just busted out the pita toaster, which makes every pita that more amazing. They usually serve us four different types of hot dishes (ranging from stuffed peppers to beef steak) and lots of fresh, colorful, fruits and vegetables. If anyone is interested.... here are the typical foods served at each meal:


Fried french toast with chocolate sauce (some people love it, I'm not a huge fan)


Eggs (for some reason I feel like there's something sketchy about eggs being cooked in such large quantities, I haven't tried them here, but I think I strongly associate with Girl's Camp eggs...)

Cereal with 3% milk (things are a little different here)

Warm Cheesecake (okay, this stuff is delicious and is just pure fat and sugar... not too healthy)

Greek Yogurt (tastes kind of like sour cream... you can get it at Trader Joe's in the States)

Regular yogurt (but a little thinner consistency than American, pineapple, peach, strawberry)

Pink and White grapefruits sliced

Pudding (yah.. for breakfast, like those "Snack Packs")

Sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and pesto (definitely a favorite, but kinda weird for breakfast)


Pizza (very different than American, it's a wheat based crust with a tomato paste, a different type of cheese, and olives and corn)

Cheese pastries

Falafel (very, very popular here)


Mixed Vegetables

Spaghetti (overcooked usually...)

Fresh bowl of fruit (persimmons [which a majority of the JC has never had before], kiwis, little apples, pears, mandarins, oranges, bananas, etc...)

and of course pitas that you can stuff w/tuna salad, veggies, humous, peanut butter, jam.... or whatever else sounds appetizing


Chicken Meatballs

Roasted Potatoes

Shepherd's Pie

Beef Steak or Stew (the beef here is SO tender! I love it!)

Hamburgers and French Fries (very different from American style)

Cooked Vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, onions)

All different types of pasta dishes

Ben Gurion Rice (love this stuff)


Creme Brulee

PIstachio Ice cream

Banana Ice Cream (It tastes like yellow Laffy Taffy)



Sesame cake (it's actually delicious)

Different types of creams and custards... kiwi and lemon have been my favorites

Carrot Cake

Fruit bowls

(is your mouth watering yet?)

While everything here has been pretty decent, here are a few of my favorites:

Toasted pita with butter & peach jam  OR with peanut butter, honey, & sliced banana

French Vanilla Milk (it comes out of this cool hot chocolate maker)


Fish kabob

Red Peppers

Caprese Salad

Haha... okay, so this might be a really funny/lame post... I promise that more monumental posts are in the works. This one was just quick and easy :) Enjoy!


Noelle said...

Heidi, I am Stef's sister and I just wanted to comment that all that food looks like it tastes so good! Thanks for opening a little window to the JC for us who are loving all the little tid bits we're hearing from the states. :) Have fun!

Anonymous said...

ZANG!!! That stuff looks yummy amazing!

Moon Fogg said...

wow. you actually make that stuff look good... you're awesome!

Heidi said...

Noelle! Thanks for your comment. I've heard great things about you from Stef. I'm glad you liked my post :)

Kristen said...

yay. Jerusalem Center food...i will probably never forget it--for better or worse :)