Bam! Pow! Shabat!
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June 28th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
We started the morning at the hotel’s breakfast buffet to enjoy a “delicious Jewish breakfast.” The food was just odd to me -- canned fruit, smoked fish, and sweets galore, but NO BAGELS?! Not even a single bialy? Nope. I had really looked forward to a bagel with cream cheese and tomato (lox for Steve of course), but settled for a bowl of cereal and a cheese blintz, which I regretted. Too rich. Ick.
Then we set off on foot from the hotel. We followed the promenade along the beach, where thousands of sun worshipers were already crowding the sands at 9:30am.
Along the way we commented on how Tel Aviv must have had a real building boom in the late 70s and early 80s, as evidenced by the architecture. It all seems to be from that unfortunate era. Maybe they could benefit from a lesson from Dubai on how to pull down some of the old stuff and freshen things up a bit.
In Jaffa, we could see cute shops and cafés all around, but everything was closed save for a couple food stalls.
Next we walked up to Dizengof Centre, which is a shopping complex and restaurants. All closed! Shabat! The neighborhood around the centre seemed like it might be a hip residential area, and there were a couple cafes that were open. We found lunch at a place called Amelia’s, where we enjoyed a seat in the shade and were served excellent salads.
Next we found a cute little grocery store on Frishman street, where we stocked up on snacks. It had tilting wood floors and was jam-packed and disorganized, covering three floors. The jumble and displays reminded me a little bit of Zabar’s in New York.
Back to the hotel for some emails (me) and a nap (Steve). Then we made the mistake of going into the hotel’s Club Room again for the free snacks and drinks. The room is cramped and overly AC’d, and the lady at the front watches you like a hawk lest you take too much food. They put out the beers just two or three at a time, which are immediately snapped up by the thirsty Russians in the room, so that if you want one you have to ask for it.
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