Abu Gosh/ أبو غوش‎ / אבו גוש

Living above this bustling little village in the kibbutz has given me a unique experience with the city and its inhabitants. It is one of the first places that I remember getting to know in my first days in Israel and have grown very fond of it since then. Since one of the two ways to get down from the kibbutz is through Abu Gosh, I’ve seen the many faces of the city and learned a good deal about the underbelly of the place and its history. I think the most interesting happening, which doesn’t happen often nor should worry you (but does point to the fact that this place indeed has an underbelly), is one night after coming back from the bars in Jerusalem. The town was pretty quite, as it settles down soon after nightfall, as we turned the corner on the main street and there was a car right off the road on fire- in complete blaze. Not something that was an accident and one of the most interesting visuals I’ve ever saw here in Israel. Everyone is the cars was like, “yeah, Abu Gosh” and didn’t seem to think much of it. I couldn’t stop looking back to see the sight though and remember thinking how odd that it seemed ‘normal’!  (more…)

I’ll Bite: Jerusalem’s Rachmo, via the Shuk

For this edition of ‘Beyond the Scoot’ I’m going to introduce this little segment called, ‘I’ll Bite‘: for all the fellow foodies and other low-key lovers of delicious foods. I really enjoy good food and finding places that know how to cook and present it, so why not share a few of them here as well? Here is my first gem of a restaurant to share with you- if you should ever find yourself in Jerusalem: Rachmo

Forget all that Machaneyuda talk and head over to this local favorite. The restaurant is located near the Machane Yehuda market, off one of the side streets (Ha’armonim Street) from the main artery of the shuk. Rachmo serves “real Israeli food” and Eastern dishes at a bargain price. (P.S. It’s Kosher.) My favorite dish here is Moussaka and how my taste buds adore its flavors. (Get there early for lunch and to avoid the crowds!)  Continue reading