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We’ve moved! You can find us at The Travel Deli, where I share all my delicious discoveries, and a few cultural highlights and hotels found along the way. Come visit us and explore!

Looking forward to your visit and feedback!

All the best and thank you for following Travel Deliciously,

Julia

A foodie trip to Majda

Inspiration for my latest foodie adventure was Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown – the West Bank and Gaza.” A couple of weeks ago, two friends and I took a mini road trip to the Arabic village of Ein Rafa outside Jerusalem and had dinner at Majda, which features in the episode. Majda is owned and run by a couple, who are also both cooks; she is Israeli and he is Palestinian and at Majda they combine their two culinary traditions with those of the Middle East and North Africa region and add a delicious twist.

Welcome! The reception at Majda.

Welcome! The reception at Majda.

Majda is a perfect oasis of green and calm and the place to enjoy lunch and/or dinner al fresco. Sit in the beautiful leafy garden, look across the rolling landscape and enjoy delicious food.

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Welcome to Majda. A red front door in a beautiful green leafy garden.

Herb garden on a yellow table

Herb garden on a yellow table

Equally adorable is the interior at Majda. With an artistic and unique collection of chairs, paintings, silverware and tablecloths, the place makes you feel welcome and right at home. There is a genuine sense of hospitality and warmth.

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One beautiful, unique dining room at Majda

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Every table has different table linens (and even a matching flower!)

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Letters and postcards sent by diners. And a second dining room in the background.

However, the most important thing at Majda is the food. Every dish is based or inspired by a Middle Eastern classic or tradition.

We had falafel shrimp as a starter (and I had to fight the boys for my share), a modern take on a fattoush salad, as well as selection of yummy dips with home made bread.

My main course was my absolute favourite (and one of my all-time-favourite Middle Eastern dishes), based on a Moroccan classic pastry dish, with wafer thin pastry stuffed with saffron chicken, cilantro, almonds, and cinnamon. At Majda they topped it all off with apricots and a fresh slaw and salad. DELICIOUS!

For dessert, we enjoyed a perfect apple, berry crumble and …. Arabic coffee!

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Sitting down at Majda. All tables are colourful or decorated with a mosaic.

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A delicious fresh “fattoush” salad

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Best part of the day! Sweet and savoury Moroccan pastry filled with chicken, almonds and apricots.

The perfect dessert! And the perfect end to a perfect diner!

The perfect dessert! And the perfect end to a perfect diner!

The verdict…the delicious food and a charming location make for a great dining experience! I will be going back!

*Note the website is in Hebrew only. For reservations call 00 972 (0)2 579 7108.

Mosaic Guest House

A couple of weeks ago, the entire office headed up north to Sebastiyya in the West Bank and enjoyed a mini retreat. We had the pleasure of staying at the Mosaic Guest House, which opened last year and has been perfectly refurbished, with a modern kitchen, bathrooms, and beautiful rooms.

The Guest House is made up of a number of different adjourning houses that have been joined and create a lovely intricate complex. Trees planted throught and a number of different terraces give the whole place a perfect sense of happiness and hospitality, that makes you feel right at home. The Guest House gets its name from and is associated with the Mosaic Centre Jericho, which in an non-profit organisation that aims to protect and promote Palestinian cultural heritage in the Palestinian Territories. There are a number of beautiful mosaics throughout.

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One of the many mosaics found throughout

There are five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, all decorated in a different color and unique pieces of furniture. Done with care and attention they make it difficult to choose which bed you want to sleep in. Some rooms have two single beds and others a double bed.

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The turquoise bedroom

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I loved the attention to detail and play with colours

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The red bedroom …

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… with matching bed linen.

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Everything is beautifully tone-in-tone

If you like, breakfast and dinner can be provided. We enjoyed a simple and delicious breakfast, with toast, fresh fruit and nuts, yoghurt, fresh juice and delicious omelet. For dinner, we organised a fabulous barbecue and enjoyed a glass of cold beer, while looking across the beautiful views.

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A great view across Northern Palestine

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The brand new kitchen. Perfect to cook!

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Details in the dining area

I highly recommend coming up here. Enjoy the beautiful Mosaic Guest House, the fantastic roman ruins in Sebastiyya and relax a weekend away from everything. Perfect to go with a group of friends or family.

Travel Inspiration #6

Europe is once again engulfed in a heat wave, which is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Northern coasts of Europe that are usually neglected for their hotter sexier southern relatives.

My favourite is Cornwall! The British coast is the perfect solution for a quick weekend getaway and the perfect opportunity to escape the heat and cool-off.

A couple of years ago my girlfriends and I headed down to Padstow and Rock in Cornwall and enjoyed the beautiful coast and beaches, the great surfing opportunities and, most importantly of all, great British culinary traditions! The beaches are endless and beautiful. Perfect for long walks and surfing. Then there are an endless number of tea shops, pubs and chic cafes that offer delicious tea, scones and clotted cream. I couldn’t get enough! For something savoury in between, there is always the famous British classic Fish ‘n’ Chips. We tried Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips and loved it!

The combination makes for the perfect weekend getaway. So escape the heat and explore Cornwall!

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Beautiful, long, sandy beaches perfect to escape the heat

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The perfect sea side village!

The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

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I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award! Thank you very much Jenn, better known as travelgrl47, for nominating me! (Check out her fantastic blog The Inspired Traveler) It is so rewarding to hear people are enjoying my blog. I am particularly excited about this nomination because its allows me to recognize a number of great female writers out there.

The nomination is based on a pay it forward concept. Having been nominated, I answer the 10 questions travelgrl47 has asked me. I then go on to make my own nominations and ask my nominees 10 questions. My nominees go on to do the same … paying it forward!

So here we go…

My answers to Travelgrl47’s questions:

1) Who is your favorite Superhero?

My favourite superheroes are XMen! I love all of them, no favourties.

2) What was the last picture you took on your phone?

The last picture I took with my phone was of the flight details of my next trip…sent the picture to my boyfriend, who I will meet there. Very excited!

3) What is one of your pet peeves while traveling?

I can’t just eat anywhere when I travel. I love exploring new restaurants and research where the best of local cuisine  can be tasted. This sometimes means I drag you half-way across town when actually you’d really just like to have dinner at the place next door.

4) If you had to take dance lessons in a certain country, what style of dance would you choose to learn and where?

I would love to learn how to dance the perfect Waltz and I would go to Vienna to do that.

5) What’s the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

I have had dinner at a medieval restaurant and everything on the menu was cooked according to medieval recipes. It was a truly unique meal!

6) Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with?

I would love to meet Senator Elizabeth Warren. She is a truly inspiring person!

7) What’s the worst injury you have had while traveling?

Thankfully I have been lucky. My most severe “injury” was a stomach bug in Lebanon.

8) Where is your dream vacation?

A road trip through the U.S. The U.S. is so huge, with so many different cultures, landscapes and culinary traditions to discover.

9) What is your favorite genre of music?

I love classical music.

10) What is something that inspires you the most?

Travelling and a good book

My Nominees:

Imik Simik: Cooking with Gaul – Annie Gaul writes fabulously and smartly about food in the Middle East

The Modern Proper – Natalie and Holly provide delicious recipes and a visually beautiful website

Food Globeuses – these three girls share their restaurant discoveries from across the world.

The Slow Pace – These two ladies have created a lovely lifestyle blog about food, travel and style that delivers quality ideas and inspirations

Paper Doll Parade – Sasha writes creatively about food, travel and museums, always adding her personal touch

My ten questions for my nominees:

1. What inspires you?

2. Your favourite female writer?

3. Your female role model?

4. Your male role model?

5. A book you would recommend?

6. And a movie?

7. What is your favourite restaurant?

8. Your favourite cookbook?

9. And your favourite spice?

10. A life lesson you would like to share.

Congratulations to y’all!

Best,

Julia