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50 Reasons: Chapter 12

It’s not just a grown-up drink here. Kids get them all the time. It’s kind of like a coffee-flavored milkshake

Hi, there!

So, all the yummy Chanukah food that I’ve been eating lately has given me a genius idea! There’s so much awesome food that I learned to love here, I can just list each food as a separate entry on my list. Great way to get closer to my target of 50 reasons why Eretz Yisrael is awesome, right? I know, I know, I’m brilliant. Stop, I’m blushing!

Now, before I start, you might argue with some of the items on my list, so let me just explain a few things:

a.Some of the foods listed may not be to your taste, but I like them so they go on this list because it’s my list and my rules.

b.You can find some of these foods in America, too, but they’re on this list because in America they either don’t make them as well or they’re hard to find in stores or they cost a fortune there.

So now, the list you’ve all been waiting for — delicious foods from Israel!

  1. Falafel! It’s so good here! Plus they put fries on it! Heads-up, they aren’t called French fries here. They’re called chips, but you have to pronounce it “cheeps.”
  2. Pickles! They just taste way better here!
  3. Sunflower seeds. Beware of eating them at home or at school, or basically in front of any adult, because they will make you pick up all the shells. Have you ever been to a baseball game where the fans are eating peanuts? You know how the floor by their seats gets covered in peanut shells? Well, it’s the same idea here, except Israelis eat sunflower seeds instead of peanuts.
  4. Doritos! There are so many flavors to choose from, but for me, the spicier, the better!
  5. Cheetos! Yum!
  6. Bissli! I like the barbecue flavor the best!
  7. Bamba! I love that Bamba baby! You know who I mean, that cute baby with the diaper that’s like the Bamba mascot. You can go on a tour of the Bamba factory here. When I go, I’m totally gonna try to take a selfie with the Bamba baby!
  8. Since you know that I like spicy flavors from my Doritos entry (see #33), you won’t be surprised that I LOVE the tiny little spice packets that you get when you order a slice of pizza in Israel.
  9. Shwarma in a laffa… so good!
  10. Those chocolate eggs that are hollow and have a little toy hidden inside. Chocolate plus a prize? What’s not to love?!
  11. Ice coffee, pronounced ice kaffeh. In Israel, it’s light on the coffee and heavy on whatever else goes in there — ice and vanilla powder, maybe? It’s not just a grown-up drink here. Kids get them all the time. It’s kind of like a coffee-flavored milkshake.

(Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 786)

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