Jerusalem’s Old City: Food and Drink

Seemingly an eternity ago, but in actuality only this past February, I went on pilgrimage/retreat by myself to Jerusalem. I try to take pictures of everything I see, including what I had to eat and drink.

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Typical Breakfast at the Retreat House

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Hummus, bread

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Grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, a “tomato sauce”

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A bread vendor near the Church of the Dormition

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At a restaurant near the Mount of Olives

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Old City

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Produce in the Old City

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In the Muslim Quarter, a number of shops sell this “famous” dessert, which is a bit like a sweet “deep dish pizza”; a sweet crust likely made with some corn meal, cheese, flavored with rose water, and dusted with crushed pistachios

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Closer inspection

 

 

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A falafel stand

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These looped breads covered in sesame seeds are seen everywhere in the Old City

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Peeking inside an ancient bakery

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A local beer I had never tried before

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At the Pontifical Institute of the Notre Dame Center just outside the Old City walls 

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A little cloying, over the top, and disjointed at the “Vatican in Jerusalem”

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A sweets vendor

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Halal meat

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The Old City has a sizable Armenian community; local ingredients are combined with techniques from home

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A second Armenian restaurant

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I was encouraged to try the “Armenian cognac”, to which I, the pedant, told the waiter was good but should not be called “cognac”

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More cookies and sweets

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At the Austrian Hospice, around the time a call to prayer was emanating at a most uncomfortable volume from a nearby minaret

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Fresh squeezed orange and pomegranate juices are found everywhere in the Old City

 

 

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