Monday, March 16, 2009

What's Up With Israeli Pizza?

On a recent trip during my 10 day break after tironut, I went for a couple days up north. I found myself in Tiberias, a city with an amazing waterfront on the Sea of Galilee, or the Kinneret in Hebrew. That's where Jesus walked on water, according to the Gospels. They have a nice walkway with restaurants and stores and all that, so I grabbed a pizza and a liter of Coke and figured I'd gorge myself while looking out at the party boats and lights from across the lake.

The pizza was greasy and supercheesy, just the way I like it. Israelis tend to do some strange things to normal food, like eating Bulgarian cheese with watermelon. But, one thing that really caught me off guard was the amount of a certain condiment I was given. As you can see below, I got a handful of large packets of ketchup. Just plain old ketchup. Who puts ketchup on pizza? I guess for the crust? That's what marinara sauce is for... Someone's gotta tell Israelis these things.


Esser Agaroth said...

Just a friendly reminder, use of the term "gospel" is not a name per se, but implies there's something divine in them.

There's not.

There is great debate as to whether the apikourus Yesh"u actually even existed, or was a compilation figure.

The Talmud refers to oneof figures of this name who lived at different times.

Regarding pizza, if you found good pizza in Israel, then it's once in a lifetime. I never thought there was such a thing.

For pizza, go to Sicily. For Shwarmah and Fallafel stay right where you are.

BTW, did you have green fallafel in Tiveria?

Anonymous said...

You see Danny, I wasn't going to have lunch today, maybe eat something light, low fat, no taste?
And now I'll have to order some pizza! Thank you very much, maybe I'll send you the bill?
Anyway,I like ketchup in my pizza, and mustard too!

brett said...

what about the green pizza spice.

my pizza place here in herzliya piles that shit on

ג. ג. said...

Hey, great idea for a blog. I was happy to find it. Take care!

Sam said...

And yet when I ask for extra ketchup at McDonald's they look at me like I'm crazy....

Roadie in Vancouver said...

Danny, one of the greatest inventions I loved in Israel, back in the days (mid to late 70s) was the coffee that you made by putting a little Cafe Elite NesCafe with a tiny amount of water into a cup, stir it for like half an hour, and then pour hot water in. Best coffee I ever had. These days with all the fancy coffee choices available, I don't know if people do that any more. I still drink that coffee.

As well, the pre-Shabbat cake we used to get on the Kibbutz, it was simple stuff, but man, it tasted good. Then again, after the Army food we had, anything would taste divine.

Anonymous said...

It's the Bulgarians themselves that eat their cheese with watermelon... I guess some Bulgarian Jews must have introduced this combination along with the cheese itself.

Anonymous said...

Not to be contentious with Ben-Yehudah, but I believe that in the Queen's English as well as in the All American, gospel is a name. We don't have to agree with the teaching of other religions but what we must not do is try to change the language that we all understand. Drive on Danny, your writing is great!

gos⋅pel   /ˈgɒspəl/ [gos-puhl]
1. the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation.
2. the story of Christ's life and teachings, esp. as contained in the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
3. (usually initial capital letter) any of these four books.
4. something regarded as true and implicitly believed: to take his report for gospel.
5. a doctrine regarded as of prime importance: political gospel.
6. glad tidings, esp. concerning salvation and the kingdom of God as announced to the world by Christ.
7. (often initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. an extract from one of the four Gospels, forming part of the Eucharistic service in certain churches.
8. gospel music.

9. of, pertaining to, or proclaiming the gospel or its teachings: a gospel preacher.
10. in accordance with the gospel; evangelical.
11. of or pertaining to gospel music: a gospel singer.

bef. 950; ME go(d)spell, OE gōdspell (see good, spell 2 ); trans. of Gk euangélion good news; see evangel 1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009.