Seeking the Bean and Cheap, Tasty Eats

This morning, Katie and I went on a quest.

A quest to find a good cup of coffee, and preferably at cafe where we could sit and enjoy it.

We set off walking at 9:30am, letting google maps guide us to a place called Cafe Momesh. We didn’t find it, but we did discover the nearby mall, and a neat little outdoor shopping center just a bit farther away. We decided to explore the outdoor shops, surrounding an impressive fountain in the middle of the central roundabout. 

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Luckily, this is where we found Coffeat. Everything on the menu – from coffee americano, passionfruit smoothies, to baked breads and pastries, to frappuccino-style slush coffee – is five shekels.

Which equates to $1.40.

They couldn't give me "iced coffee," but my americano was still very, very good.

They couldn’t give me “iced coffee,” but my americano was still very, very good.

We sat, sipped, and people-watched on the busy street corner.

Katie sips her "ice kafe," the closest thing to iced coffee available in Israel.

Katie sips her “ice kafe,” the closest thing to iced coffee available in Israel.

Our rave reviews of Coffeat convinced a bigger group of us to go back there tomorrow, and this time, I am DEFINITELY getting a passion fruit slushie. Or a fresh carrot juice. Or a bread thing. Or all of the above.

 

After a noon group meeting with the CEO of Israel Way, a bunch of us went for more beach time. Another gorgeous day. I doubt I’ll be getting tired of this afternoon activity any time soon.

 

For dinner, we walked to a falafel dinner at our favorite nearby spot, “Shwarma Magic.” Fresh falafel in a fluffy pita, with any toppings (I like tomato, cucumber, hummus, spicy sauce, eggplant, and onion) is 13 shekels, or $3.61. Oh, and it comes with a side of fries. And tahina, which i pour over my sandwich every other bite.

These pictures don't do justice to the enormity and deliciousness of this meal, but they do demonstrate proper falafel-eating form.

These pictures don’t do justice to the enormity and deliciousness of this meal, but they do demonstrate proper falafel-eating form.

 

Tonight is a night in for me and most of the others. Some of us have started brushing up on and/or learning some Hebrew, with the help of other fellows. What a bunch of eager beavers.

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