Israel 2020: Day 1

So great today to be back in the Holy Land of Israel. 


Every time we come, we can literally see how the country has matured and built up even more since just the short time before. 


Of course, we arrived with a little jet lag but still managed to take a nice walk around the bustling streets of Tel Aviv. 


The restaurants, cafes, shops, theaters, and culture here is awesome. 


I guess the toughest thing is deciding what we want to do each day, but that is all part of the adventure. 


See you tomorrow! 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Pastrami Sandwich @Char Bar

Yesterday, at the museum (The Phillips Collection), we went to Char Bar Kosher Restaurant in downtown DC. 


I ordered the 5th Avenue Sandwich:


Pastrami with mushrooms and onions and deli mustard on a french roll. 


Comes with the salty fries and ketchup. 


Pretty good.  


I would grill the pastrami and caramelize the mushrooms and onions to improve on it. 


Also add a little mayo. 


But overall, it was a nice experience there.  


Wait time on Sunday was really nothing…in fact, I couldn’t believe how quick the food was o the table. 


Wouldn’t mind, at all, if they opened one of these in our neighborhood.  


I think I’d be a frequent customer there at the right sandwich price. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal) 

Best Cup of Tea

So my daughter went out for dinner in Israel and she sends me this photo of an amazing cup of tea. 


– Cinnamon


– Lemon


– Ginger


– Mint


What’s so great is you can actually see the cinnamon stick, mint leaves, and lemon and ginger slices. 


It’s completely fresh and healthy, and not just from a tea bag or minced up tea in a tin. 


To me, this looks absolutely appetizing and delicious!


Usually, I’m a Snapple Iced Tea type of a guy, but for sure, I’d go for some this fresh tea from Israel…L’Chaim! 😉


(Source Photo: Minna Blumenthal)

Calories Extreme!

Someone mentioned that they went to the Cheesecake Factory the other day.


They said they bought a slice of cheesecake. 


I asked: “Was it the Oreo Cheesecake?”


They said, “yeah!”


But they went on, “It was too much for one person to eat.”


Uh, you think?  


Check out how many calories are in one piece of this “Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake” –>>1,630!


Yes, that’s one slice, not the whole cake!!!


And over 50% is from fat!


Take all this in context: 
The calories for an average female and male is just 1,900 and 2,500, respectively, if your moderately active. 


So one slice of cheesecake like this Oreo flavor is around 86% or 65% of the total recommended calorie intake for a women or man for the entire day!


What the heck do they put into this cheesecake–butter, cream cheese, sugar by the truckload!


I know it must be good, but does it also have to be this deadly! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Honey Chicken Delicious

Just wanted to share this amazing honey chicken. 


Yes, I know you can’t eat it, but you can imagine what it tastes like.


Had this at L’Chaim Asian Cuisine and Steak House in Hollywood, Florida. 


Absolutely to die for!


That was a lot of honey over the dark crispy chicken. 


It’s been a few months and I still haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. 


That is quite a recommendation I would say. 


See you there! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)