The Hungry Cyclist In The Land of Milk and Honey – The Off

The panniers are packed, the bike is boxed and after what has been far too long the Hungry Cyclist is back on the road. Over a year has passed since I arrived in Rio at the end of my culinary quest through the Americas, and I can't tell you how exciting it is to be returning to the life I love – Cycling and Eating.

This afternoon, I will load my bicycle into the hulk of an airplane and fly to Jerusalem, continuing my pedal-powered search for the perfect meal and here on the NEW Hungry Cyclist blog you can follow every turn of the pedals and every mouthful of my journey from the comfort of your computer.

It might be fare to say that, other than being billed  as a land dripping with milk and honey, Israel does not have a unique or long-standing culinary heritage. So why head there in search of gastronomic excellence I hear you ask? As a land populated largely by immigrants, Israeli cuisine is a wonderful mish-mash of the culinary cultures. A hot pot of generation of immigrant cuisine and if you have ever dinned in the home of an Israeli you will understand why I have decided to come to this historic, often volatile but fascinating corner of our world.

Ubiquitous falafel stands in Eastern Jerusalem, bagels dipped in zaatarspice in the old city. Tabbouleh and babaganoush under the pyramids. I have no doubt will these trade-mark dishes of the Levant will be fueling my pedal powered quest to Cairo, accompanied by kilos of beloved humus and plenty of pita, but otherwise the food I will be eating and the people I will be sharing it with remain a mystery. But here on The Hungry Cyclist Blog you can follow every mouthful and turn of the pedals.


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Whereas my ride from new York to Rio took over two years, this trip plans top be a little shorter, but no less interesting as I pedal through this historic and facsicntaing corner of planet. I have little idea what to expect and what lies ahead but Im sure there will be plenty of humus and plenty of fun.
"And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey: unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites."
– Exodus 3: 8 (KJV)



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