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    Breakfast in Tel Aviv

    Filed under :Breakfast, Carlton Hotel, Israel, Tel Aviv
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    Mediteranean Sea, Tel Aviv

    Israel is an amazing place.  I’ve been there over ten times, and love going with people who have never been before- the thousands of years of history, the sheer beauty, the culture, and of course, the food, make people fall in love.  My best friend from childhood moved to Israel about five years ago so I welcome the chance to see her when I go.

    Zodiac Bridge, Jaffa, Tel Aviv. Stand in front of the image of your zodiac sign, look out to the sea, and make a wish. Legend has it it will come true.

    I culminated my week in Israel with a few days in Tel Aviv.  I’ve travelled all over the world and still believe that the Mediteranean Sea is one of the most beautiful places, so stayed at the Carlton Hotel right on the beach.

    Israeli hotels are famous for their breakfasts.  They wow tourists with station after station of lavish displays of everything you would imagine for breakfast and then some.  Make-your-own-oatmeal, a plethora of cheeses, fruits of all kinds, shakshuka (Israeli breakfast of fried eggs, tomatoes, onions and spices), eggs, an omelet station, pastries upon pastries, fresh juices, coffees including the dark, strong Turkish blend, Middle Eastern delicacies, potatoes, olives, fish, dairy station including yoghurt, smoothies, puddings, and much more…. it’s perfect to fill up on before a day relaxing on the beach, seeing the sites, or shopping at great makrets like Nachalat Binyamin, the arts and crafts market open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    Assorted cheeses

    Fruit including my favourite- banana slices soaked in fresh orange juice

    Make your own oatmeal

    Pastries, cakes, croissants, danish

    Turkish coffee

    Freshly squeezed juices- orange, grapefruit, guava, passionfruit, mango, pineapple

    Assorted fruit

    Sweet-potato and onion egg bake, baked omelets, "chef's special" (shredded wheat wrapped around feta cheese and fried), potato-cheddar pancakes