(my yummy nieces & Tunie B. having a blast! just pure cousin love & friendship that will last forever between them - I pray)
Ahh the luxury ……
my Tunie B. hanging out having a blast with her cousins…
as I had a adventure filled Sushi morning!
Something that I simply don’t get the option of doing back in the states too often without major planning & babysitting coordination.
But what a FUN filled Isreali Morning I had!
thanks to a great recommendation from my friend Miriam Stienhart! (Miriam you rock!)
who told me about the Ramala flea market near Kinyon Malcha (Jerusalem Mall) under the overpass
It happens only on Mondays & has everything from mens Prada boxers, kids clothing, cooking supplies, flower arrangements & your delicious Israeli nuts, pastries & spices.
With my Shekels in hand, I spent a fun filled 2 hours going down the few aisles, handling over stickers & little girl dresses
trying some of the yummiest Pesach Moroccan Marzipan treats & fresh dates.
the sign says : To all our customers, next week there will be kosher for passover cakes from Morocco for Pesach Memuna ( A Moroccan celebration that occurs on the last night (Esru Chag) of Pesach) The ones that I tried were already Kosher for Passover & reminded me of my grandmothers – simply delicious!
After the Shuk I headed off to the Jerusalem Mall that was a 2 minute walk away
I don’t go often to the Mall in the states, and here in Israel, I laugh that the Mall is more one big food court
than actual stores.
And of course I was only a little surprised to see the OSHI OSHI kosher Sushi Kiosk in the middle of the first floor
There has been Sushi in Israel for at least 10 years now
at first it was only something you could really get decent but VERY expensive Sushi in the David Citadel or the one store in Amek Refaim.
Slowly I would hear about one or two places that carried it…but always with the warning it was not edible.
Even my last trip 6 months ago…Sushi was NOT in my radar here in Israel.
Now just a brief disclaimer…I LOVE Sushi - I literally grew up on it
and in Lakewood I was the first ever restaurant to bring it in – that was 12 years ago & I made a point of only serving it 3 days a week – to keep it special & exciting.
Now it seems that there is not a Kosher eatery in Lakewood, or in NY for that matter that does NOT serve Sushi…
it is my biggest pet peeve…(hypocritical I know) - But I HATE that every pizza store & deli also serves sushi…
So when I saw this kiosk in Israel I had a little mix feelings…but certainly did not stop me from trying it.
& Happily it was very delicious…and was Sushi DONE RIGHT!
Just a few things to know about OSHI OSHI: Located on first floor of Kinyon Malcha under the escalators on the left hand side. The people behind the counter DO NOT SPEAK English & are not the friendliest. The Menus are all in Hebrew only, but if you have a pretty decent working knowledge they are quite easy to translate – especially with the help of a photo for every dish. Sushi prices are average and besides the rolls there are some delicious Japanese salads & soup to choose from also. Overall it was a great place to have a quick cheap Sushi fix for Lunch.
The sushi I had was a spicy salmon, asparagus, sweet potato roll, that had tempura chips & peanuts with a spicy mayo sauce.
After a morning and afternoon galavanting I headed back to my mothers.
Where my sister & sister in law came with all the kids an hour later…
and of course everyone was hungry….
So my sister suggested Sushi Rechavya – her treat.
Not one to pass up a meal…I figured Sushi was the food of the day.
& happily had Sushi for Dinner – 2x in one day in ISRAEL!
What to Know about Sushi Rechavya: – A fairly big place, it serves not only Sushi but chicken & meat dishes as well Asian Style. I loved that they had iPads for you to order with & see what the food looked like before you ordered. We had a little of everything, sushi, salads & chicken nuggets & steak.
My favorite dish was there Asian Green Salad with chicken – it had a gloriously light ginger dressing, with crispy sesame chicken bites, sprouts and fresh veggies – & the perfect candied pecan garnish to top the whole thing off. I also loved there Uden Soup & had a surprisingly terrific glass of their PLUM WINE – that was so YUM & a must try if you are there. I also loved the little packets of wipes they handed out after the meal!
An 8 minute walk from my mother & Rechov Ramban
we headed to a very delicious Meat Sushi Meal for early dinner.
it seems that Sushi is here to stay in Israel & they are smart about it – keeping the restaurant & their food dishes totally Asian themed and appropriate for a Sushi restaurant.
there is no Shwarma or Falafel in sight!
my brother had the best line of the day…
Sushi in Israel is like Chumus in NY!