Just a couple of nice foodie things in Jerusalem:
As some may have noticed, the "Halva Kingdom" has been expanding in Mahane Yehuda market - now with 2 branches. A couple of days ago I saw that they have now opened a "Tehina Kingdom" opposite the original Halva Kingdom stall. There is a working sesame seed press in this store, and there is fresh tehina literally on tap, which you can taste on a spoon. Mmmmm. This is a fun thing to see for kids. They seem to be marketing flavoured tehina (pesto tehina, amba tehina, chimichuri tehina...). I didn't try them, I guess I am somewhat skeptical about the possibility of improving on tehina with lemon and garlic, but on the other hand, these are the people who invented about 30 flavours of halva... However, the plain tehina I tasted was nice.
Also, I might have mentioned this here before, but for an "authentic" and delicious food experience I continue to recommend 'Hasandwich shel Rashel" at 17 Derech Beit Lehem in the Baka neighbourhood. It is a small family-run cafe serving fantastic Tunisian Jewish food, all cooked by the mother of the family. They are open from lunchtime until around 7pm; seating is available at the bar inside or at two outside tables. There is hot food, such as couscous with vegetables and optional meat, stuffed vegetables, and chicken sofrito. There are also soups and sandwiches - their Tunisian sandwich is very popular. Price is around 60 shekels for a hot meat dish served with bread and a dip or two on the side. The cafe has no English signs (they do speak some English) - but you will find it on Derech Beit Lehem between Miriam HaHashmonit and Gedalya streets, with a green awning. Kosher, meat.