July 30, 2012

back in action!

hey guys! im back in blogging action!
all pumped up after a little 30-minute run this morning  :)

anyways, i wanted to share bits & pieces from our tel aviv trip, if you'd like to see.it was just the getaway we needed to relax and have some fun.

i basically mentioned everything we were planning on doing in this post & follow the plan, we did. so i will just cut to the chase & share some a shitload of photos for your viewing pleasure:

at the carmel market
very sweet, very sticky desserts
 olives of all kinds
 sabres, they are the fruit from cacti (called prickly pear in english)
typical israeli candies
 fresh bread that smelled sooo good
 & fresh fish that didnt smell so nice
 vintage jewelry
dek shirt shopping at one of the many stands
trying to get luck in tel aviv. didnt happen.
 at our hotel, resting after walking for hours
 the view from our balcony
 ready to go out!
 i like feet pictures
 ordering some pizza at tony vespa
 we chose mushroom & cheese, peperoni & green onion
and purple onion & artichoke (that one was dekel's pick!)
then we went back for another...
this time 4 cheese! yum!
wearing a new tank from the market
 headed to the breakfast buffet
 yummy breakfast!
 mine: pink grapefruit, melon, burrekas, mix of chopped salads, cheeses with bread & coffee, of course  :)
 his: cabbage salad, hard boiled eggs, puff pastry, toast, veggies and yogurt
view of yaffo from our room
 the port of yaffo
 check out from the lovely dan panorama hotel (i loved that clock!)
 people playing on the beach
 at the old railway station to see the 'bodies' exhibit
 i love this picture! dek has some skill  :)
fisherman dude & the beaches and city of tel aviv in the background
 entering the yaffo port
 i loved all the street art
 rustic boats at the port
 my hot husband
cute little lighthouse
ordering frozen yogurt, our favorite summer treat!
 mine: glazed walnuts, nectarine slices, chocolate candies and peanuts
 his: honeydew, watermelon & granola
 more cool street art
 a random whale fountain in the middle of yaffo
 lovely blue shutters & strung lights above the street
 random door on the streets of yaffo
 an alleyway
 yaffo clock tower

hope you enjoyed the photos!
i have a date to meet up with julie from i am jewelz tomorrow in tel aviv, as her and her husband are in town for his business. tel aviv twice in 1 week...lucky me!
we plan to hit up the markets again (the one in yaffo was closed when dek and i were there this past weekend & its one of the best!!!), grab some lunch and then play on the beach!

July 26, 2012


husband and i will be going "on vacation" to tel aviv this weekend!

it's funny to even call it a vacation because tel aviv is literally only about a 40-minute drive from where we live, but its a completely different world of fun. so, i guess, its more like a "staycation."

you see, we live in the northern part of israel, where there are many agricultural fields & lots of land and the major cities are few & far between. i love where we live because its beautiful, green and spacious, but i need action.
i'm from dallas, ya'll. 
a major city.
where there is nightlife,
an overload of restaurant and bar options 
& about a million places to go out and shop.
there is always something to do in dallas.
in the north part of israel...not so much...

so, we are headed to tel aviv.
we will have two days, one night & we will make the most of it!

we will be checking in early friday morning, heading straight to the carmel market to pick up some new stuff for my etsy shop. (do you guys have any suggestions for things you would like to see me sell on etsy from israel?? any suggestions/ideas are welcome!) then we will go out for a local lunch of schwarma, most likely, & an ice cold beer to cool off  because temperatures in tel aviv in the summer are almost unbearable! after shopping around and goofing off, we will head to back to the hotel to lounge around by the pool & relax, then we will indulge in a romantic 50-minute couples massage. after showering off the oil and waking back up, we will set off to dinner at a new-to-us place because discovering the city is just so much fun! tel aviv has the cutest pubs and bars, last time we were there was over a year ago, so im sure we will find a new hot spot  =)

for saturday, we have purchased tickets to see the "bodies of work" exhibit by german anatomist gunther von hagens. have you guys heard about this? i've been to "body worlds" in dallas, but dekel really wants to experience this exhibit too, so im going again for him. it's a very interesting and educational exhibit and i highly suggest going to see it, if it comes to your town. it's not for the light-hearted, that's for sure! hagens uses actual cadavers to display for the purpose of informing people on how the body operates. the exhibit displays scenes that are very realistic, like friends playing cards, a runner running, a to-be-mother carrying, etc...in order to show which muscles operate in different situations. anyways, its really cool!

after the exhibit, we will probably head home & plan our next vacation  =)
do you ever go on "staycations" in your country / state?
photo by me: via

July 25, 2012

bananas for coconuts

i went out on a limb the other day & picked up a can of coconut milk.
i love anything coconut flavored & wanted to try to make some sort of coconut blended drink. if you're bananas for coconuts too, the following is highly recommended!!  :)

1 cup of coconut milk
a few ice cubes (i use like 3-4)
1 package of coconut yogurt
splash of water
 blend all together at top speed
 pour excitedly
 drink in under 2 minutes flat...
because its THAT good!

are you bananas for coconuts?