Perhaps my two favorite things in the world are beaches and breakfast- both of which are amazing in Tel Aviv. Pretty much anywhere you go you can find "Israeli Breakfast" which consists of the following standard combo:
- Eggs (however you want them, including omelet)
- A few types of cheeses (usually some sort of salty feta, a couple reminiscent of swiss or havarti and some dollops of a very light and creamy cheese, almost like sour cream or whipped cream cheese, often blended with herbs)
- Asalad made of finely chopped cucumber, onion, tomato, red bell pepper and carrot- vinaigrette on the side
- Warm bread with butter and jam
- Grapefruit juice
A morning ocean swim followed by this meal = bliss.
*Above photo taken with an iPhone.
**Erin Gleeson is a photographer based in NYC, but she is spending a month this summer in Israel. She shoots food for magazines, newspapers and cookbooks and teaches photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology. You can see more of her work at www.eringleeson.com