Friday 19 July
A week ago on the day of our arrival at Zafririm, we went for a beer-tasting at the brewery and restaurant run in a pleasant reed-roofed alcove by Aram Dekel (who brews and grills) and Bat-Sheva (who makes goat cheese and other tasties).
We tasted Crispy (a wheat beer; all the others were barley); Deep Soul (our favorite, with date syrup); Touching Blade (with allspice), and Black Ice (a porter with chili). There was also a myriad of appetizers, excellent garlic dip and baba ghanouj, salads, wafers, fresh hot pita, and pickled vegetables.
So today, when we're all leaving in various directions, we went back for a real meal. Along with the beers and appetizers, we shared a platter each of grilled homemade chorizo and köfte kebabs, each served with abundant hot fries and salad; and the vegetable special above, an artful platter of beets and kohlrabi with three spicy sauces.
And after dinner, Rona drove us off to the airport. It'll be a long flight, but we get to break our journey in a place, and with people, we love.