Food

In the previous post we told you about the food sources and their influence on the Israeli kitchen. Alongside the traditional Israeli kitchen there is also an evolved modern kitchen, new and trendy – experimenting with new flavors. The Israeli kitchen is going through gastronomical transformations constantly. One of these transformations is well worth mentioning, and that is the boutique products – small manufacturers of cheese, wines, fruits and vegetables, olive oils and others, which take us back to the agricultural roots of Israel and supply high quality products.

Food

In the previous post we told you about the food sources and their influence on the Israeli kitchen. Alongside the traditional Israeli kitchen there is also an evolved modern kitchen, new and trendy – experimenting with new flavors. The Israeli kitchen is going through gastronomical transformations constantly. One of these transformations is well worth mentioning, and that is the boutique products – small manufacturers of cheese, wines, fruits and vegetables, olive oils and others, which take us back to the agricultural roots of Israel and supply high quality products.

Another recent industry is the high quality coffee that you can find in various specialized coffee shops. Such trends and evolutions also bring about new eating habits, mainly vegan and vegetarian diets, as well as gluten-free ones. The average vegetarian can order a truly wide variety of menu items in most restaurants and food stores. The vegetarian customer will find a vegetarian dish in 25% of gourmet restaurants and 99% of all normal ones. The gluten-free customer will find at least one dish in 20% of restaurants in Israel. This trend does not elude the smaller coffee places all around Israel, and they too continuously add vegan and vegetarian items to their menus.

The vegetarian trend has also gained momentum from a movement that started in the United States called the “Meatless Monday”. This fad has found its way to Israel in recent years and encourages people to abstain 1 day without meat every week. The Israeli branch is being led by Shelly Yachimovich, former national news reporter. This movement also brought the Knesset to play along and serve no meat on Mondays. Another such organization supporter of Meatless Mondays is the “Vegan friendly” that promotes veganism. Its primary focus is to increase public awareness into the possibility of vegan diets.

Last year the topic of the vegan diet burst into the Israeli consciousness after the “Big Brother” reality TV show was won by a vegan activist. Because of the huge popularity of the show the vegan diet burst into prominence. The vegan activist winner’s strict adherence earned her both positive and negative criticism, but more importantly brought the topic to the daily agenda across all the media entities. Another very well known woman in the Israel culinary scene is Nana Shrayer who owns one of the most renowned restaurants in the country. Nana became vegan, and turned the restaurant’s entire menu into a vegan one. Nana today promotes vegan awareness in a very active manner, and her restaurant is highly recommended for a unique experience of food and music.