This Mediterranean city's revival starts with food
A tour of this rising culinary destination yields a world of flavors and a generous helping of local favorites.
That's beginning to change. A concerted effort to rejuvenate downtown has brought a decidedly different vibe to the historically industrial area. Artists have moved in, and new, modern buildings now co-mingle with Ottoman architecture to make for a unique juxtaposition.
Jessica Halfin, who moved to the city a decade ago from New Hampshire, saw the city's transformation as a great opportunity to highlight its burgeoning food scene. So she started a street food tour.
"The main objective behind Haifa's new revival is attracting people to come spend time in the city, and what better way than having an amazing selection of great food to choose from," Halfin told From The Grapevine.
"This is especially true for the downtown area – whether it's the newest chef restaurant, or the street food establishments that have been serving here for over 50 years, there's no denying that you can get a fantastic meal in Haifa."
From The Grapevine recently took one of Halfin's tours to see for ourselves what all the fuss is about.
Shawarma – meat grilled on a spit (usually served in a pita) – is one of the most popular street foods in Israel. It's usually made of chicken or lamb. Shawarma Emil, an institution in Haifa, makes one that consists of a mix of veal and lamb. (Photo: Zach Pontz)
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