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Authentic fare done right: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel's Dr. Shakshuka

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Shakshuka is the good-for-all times of day, all meals Parve Kosher dish incorporating eggs and tomatoes that's ubiquitous in Israel. I first had it there, but I've been making it here! It's also part of the name of Dr. Shakshuka, a quaint restaurant in Old City Jaffa, Israel. I was happy to be hosted to experience it!

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There are lots of restaurants in Israel serving traditional fare in a small plates format. Dr. Shakshuka does the same, but rather than some forgettable places, it takes care to do it in a special way. A young family member greets guests outside, wearing a fez. The quality of ingredients is high, with good olive oils, fresh herbs and fragrant spices used. Meats are grilled, slow-roasted on-site. The owner gained his culinary skills from his father, who had a restaurant in Tripoli, Libya. There are chopped fresh herb salads, shwarma, hummus, roasted and pickled veggies, soups, stews and of course, several varieties of shakshuka.

Dozens of copper pots adorn the ceiling, casting a romantic glow upon diners. I have seen some reviews that caution diners to check prices on the menu before ordering, never a bad idea when abroad.

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