Friday, March 23, 2018

Camels and Dates

A camel was tethered by the restaurant near the Dead Sea where we ate lunch today. If you go to Israel,
you really should not miss seeing at least one camel. We saw two: the other was parked at the next restaurant.
I ordered these stuffed dates.
The stuffing for the dates was lightly-spiced ground meat. Garnishes included slivered almonds, fried onions, and "Silvan" or date syrup, decorating the plate. It was delicious! On the menu was also a dish with chicken, dates, and lemon.
We've seen quite a few date orchards, especially near Eilat. In this photo,
you can see the large machines that harvest the dates, and the mesh bags
used for ripening them.
Date palms near Eilat.
Today's lunch included hummus, of course: in this case served with kabob meat. 
Alas! No falafel today. The restaurant had run out of it. After lunch we had Magnum bars, but as it's a kosher meat restaurant, we were required to eat them outside. That was ok: a large number of buzzards, kestrels, storks, and eagles were flying over, migrating from Africa northwards.

A strange mural was on the restaurant wall, along with many
music and film posters and photos from the 1950s.
Birding: we saw this little clamorous warbler in some reeds at a refuge near the Dead Sea.

6 comments:

Beth F said...

Sounds like you're having a great trip.

Judee Algazi said...

Mae,
It all sounds so exciting!Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos !
Enjoy the rest of your trip - can't wait to see more

jama said...

What an interesting adventure! I do love dates -- camels, maybe not so much ;) . . .

Carole said...

Great title for your post. Cheers from CArole's Chatter

Stacie said...

What an amazing trip and experience. Seeing all the birds would be awesome!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

Your photos are beautiful, I loved the date orchard one.