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Jun 27, 2008 07:50 AM

What to buy in Israel??

My husband is in Israel for two weeks visiting relatives. Any suggestions on food items to bring home to a 16 year old wanna be chef?

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  1. I have heard that they make some wonderful olive oils.

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        1. re: ola

          Just remember that anything liquid (or liquidy, like tahini,) will need to be checked through. If you might bring something liquid back, it's worth carrying a few plastic containers that will survive the flight with you.

          Some animal products are not going to be permitted, such as soft cheeses and meats.

      1. Za'atar, tahini, halvah (חלבה), olive oil, and any cheese [shahat, tiltan, tavor].

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        1. re: Cheese Boy

          Definitely go for the cheeses. Especially the sheep and goat milk ones.

          1. re: Cheese Boy

            And baharat.

            If you read Hebrew, pick up some old copies of "Al HaShulchan" magazine (kinda like the Israeli Gourmet/Bon Appetit/ etc.) at Steimatsky at half price. Some of the Al HaShulchan books are nice, too.

          2. I recently brought back fresh-baked pitas from a stand in Acco. Yummy to eat on the plane, and then put in the freezer when we came home.

            1. I'd bring back dates. YUM.

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              1. re: akq

                All the dried fruit is great. Just be careful when checking it through in your luggage. Apparently dried fruit shows up just the same as plastique explosives on airport X-ray machines. Our 5 lb. plus of dried fruit gave us a few difficult moments at Ben-Gurion.

              2. I love the sticky apricot sheets which are rolled up.

                Sesame seed snaps