Martha Stewart Spends her Long Weekend in Israel Enjoying Traditional Food

September 6, 2011

Martha Stewart has been spending some time in Israel for a family wedding, to scout locations for her television show, and enjoying all the food a long the way. 

Stewart visited the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem which features fresh produce, baked goods and quirky restaurants. While there, she dined at Machneyuda Restaurant, a place the domestic Goddess says she "still dreams about."

"They shop twice a day in the market and cook what they find there," Stewart said of the restaurant.

Chefs Assaf Granit and Yossi Elad prepared a special meal of yellowtail sashimi, tuna tartare, red mullet, shrimp carpaccio, and cucumber salad topped with vinaigrette-ginger dressing.

During her time in Abu Ghosh, she got a taste of traditional hummus, pita and olive oil.

"Olive oil is very fine here in Israel, and so much is used in the preparation of foods," Stewart said. "I love za'atar, which is a combination of sumac, hyssop, sesame, salt and pepper."



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