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Palestinian Delights

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When walking the streets of Ramallah, it's impossible not to notice all the food vendors. Smells of exotic spices, roasted meats and sweets penetrate the air. Everywhere vibrant colors, constantly distracting me and causing me to fall behind from the rest of the group. For a food lover, it's an overwhelming experience. I wanted to touch and taste everything, and most vendors gladly offered a small sample to tease my taste buds. Typically I'm a picky eater, but when traveling in Palestine there were so many street options for interesting foods that I stepped out of my comfort zone and discovered many new delights. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of most of them. Maybe readers can help? This was some type of fruit, with a fuzzy texture (similar to a peach). The taste was sour and the skin tough, but a surprise in the center! A small nut, or maybe it was a pit or seed? Overall, a strange and unusual taste but I liked it. I've never seen anything like it in America. Does anyone know the name of the fruit?

On our last night, we were treated to a huge home made feast by a local Palestinian family. I'll show you more foods when I write the full post, but for now I need to know the name of the purple spice on this flat bread. The spice nicely accentuated the sauteed onions and olive oil on the flat bread, but it's incredibly powerful in taste. In the back, you can see roasted chicken, mixed vegetable salad and home made falafel. All delicious! What is the colorful spice?

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In Palestine, I ate well. So well that my jeans are now tight! Very delicious dishes can be purchased right on the street, and for a reasonable price. All places are happy to take American dollars, and actually prefer this currency. Much more expensive in Israeli cities and the food wasn't as exotic, though certainly delectable. Are you hungry yet? :) In which country did you find the most tasty or interesting foods? Sorry to say that Russia is on the bottom of my list for delicious dishes.

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asharky
May. 4th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
"...So well that my jeans are now tight!.."
Maybe they sat down it after washing clothes )
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
Did you catch any fish to eat? I don't like seafood, or any type of fish. But I had goldfish pets when I was little. :)
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rider3099
May. 4th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
I like just good food :)
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
And what about American cuisine? Have you grown to love it yet? :) My favorite food is probably Mexican, but it doesn't seem so popular with Russians. I don't remember seeing any Mexican restaurants there, but they probably exist.
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fesma94
May. 4th, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
Does anyone know the name of the fruit? (c)

Do you have any the photo of this fruit ? What is the color, size ?
fesma94
May. 4th, 2014 03:17 am (UTC)
Color is orange maybe ?
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peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
It's not that one, but I ate that orange fruit also.
fesma94
May. 4th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
Shesek may be.
sineglazzka2301
May. 4th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
Unfortunately I know nothing about Arabian cuisine or fruit:( As for preferences, I liked eating in Czech Republic most of all. In Germany, Austria, Hungary food was also very good. Paris was the worst, we were almost starving. I suspect that French cuisine is s myth, anyway, it is impossible to land in any stret cafe and have a decent meal. The only thing that was good in France was cheese and wine.
By the way, in big cities in Russia you can easily find Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian and Czech cuisine. Mexican food is not so popular, that's true.
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
The only thing I remember about Czech Republic is that there was meat EVERYWHERE!! I agree on French food. Every time I go there I'm starving because portions are so tiny and I don't really enjoy the cuisine. Have you noticed also that everything is smaller there? Cafe chairs and tables in Paris are so tiny. Not made for American-sized butts. :)) However, the French pastries and desserts are quite nice (at least the ones I ate from street vendors).
a_nimaida
May. 4th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)
Asian cuisine is very rich in calories and almost all meat
in Asia, I could order only rice
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
In Thailand, I ate only vegetables and rice. Some of the "meat" there is too adventurous for my taste (like insects).
plushevii_zaits
May. 4th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)
The name of the fruit is almond-tree fruit! :)
Or didn't its seeds taste a little familiar? :)
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I think you're right! But it didn't taste like an almond to me and was very small. Thanks for solving the mystery! :)
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real_marsel
May. 4th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
I adore tasty food, can't stop eating.
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I can't stop either, but I try to be disciplined. You're still a young guy, so it's easier to control your weight. It gets harder as you get older...trust me! :)
onkel_hans
May. 4th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Smile ...
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
Haha! Actually, I don't like taking any medicines, even over the counter stuff like aspirin. However, my doctor convinced me to take an antibiotic until they figure out my skin ailment.
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semicvetic
May. 4th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
in France and in Israel. What i like the most about Israeli food is their variety of vegetables and fruits, pita, falafel, gefilte fish, humus, Israeli coffee and chocolate. Well, Israeli quisine seems to include almost every quisine on the planet! ))) Plus i find kosher meal much healthier and dietary than for example arabic or russian that is just stuffed with cholestirin ((((
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
All cuisine in this region was very good, except for the fish because I don't eat any seafood. Loved the hummus!! I want to try to make it at home.
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andrey_kaminsky
May. 4th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Пищевой оптимизм
I have saved the most pleasant memories of Vietnamese food. The Vietnamese have a pleasant habit not to strew all hot spices in the food but offer them separately. Yet they provide a plate of grass to any meal, grass is very similar to the ordinary weeds. It amuses and entertains the traveler:)
But if I stick to the facts, i have the opportunity to eat any of the food - and tacos and curries and so on, but i eat the russian food. Consequently, the russian food is the best for me.
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Пищевой оптимизм
I've never once tasted Vietnamese food, but the side of grass sounds funny. :) In what cities did you stay? I always wanted to do a combined tour of Vietnam and Cambodia, but have yet to make it there.
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notabler
May. 4th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
Looks very appealing! I definitely feel hungry now )
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Seems I'm always hungry, especially when food is in front of my face!
qi_tronic
May. 5th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
Yes you are right about Russia.
We don't have so many spices on food and the original old traditions are mostly lost.
But for everyday eat I still prefer regular Russian (Soviet) standard food as it has been defined in 50s by Stalin-era books :)

Here it is:
en. wikipedia. org/wiki/The_Book_of_Tasty_and_Healthy_Food

Diners in Moscow offices and everywhere still mostly follow this set of recipes.

But I also like Italian, Mexican, Indian, Chinese cuisine.
An selected dishes from other countries like American steak, English lamb shank, etc.

Italian restaurants and Japanese sushi bars are common in Moscow.
Chinese and Indian restaurants also do exist. Mexican are rare, don't know why.
But we also have a lot of Georgian and Uzbek restaurants which are probably are not known on the West at all.

PS. BTW we also travelled to St. Petersburg during these 4 days of holidays, by car :)
I agree with you, It's much nicer city than Moscow.
Good planned, clean, a lot to see and no smog and dust because of constant wet seawind.
qi_tronic
May. 5th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
200 year of planning and building as an Imperial capital mean something.
Moscow was a medieval capital and then suddenly became the capital again, obviously unprepared for this role.
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skvorets1989
May. 6th, 2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
Why don't you like "herring under fur coat"? It's delicious! I can eat of it more than I weigh.

Edited at 2014-05-06 01:23 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
May. 6th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
I don't like herring, or any fish. Plus, I despise mayo and most Russian salads contain a lot of this ingredient.
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