In every country, there's a McDonalds. But there isn't an Ecuadorian Restaurant or an Israeli or Mumbai or Ethiopian restaurant. And, when you're in an Ecuador or an Israel, you have to at least try their domestic culinary options. The picture in this article is what's known as a "tipico" breakfast at a very high end restaurant called Sangay Resort and Spa.
Sangay is a famous volcano in Ecuador and the resort is, actually, located far away in a town called Banos. What you don't see in the picture, is the massive plate of Ecuadorian specialties that makes their menu....Ecuadorian. And you know what? I couldn't even describe it to you as I have no idea what's in it. None.
The same at the Bobo Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. The BoBo is famous throughout Israel (I found out when I mentioned where I was going to a cab driver and later when an Israeli Coffee Shop owner asked me.) as a Bohemian or Bourgeois Hotel and Restaurant.
As someone with a very tender stomach, eating new or unique ingredients and menu items is fraught with peril. I get very sick if something new doesn't agree with me. But yet, "when in Rome".....
Before going anywhere, I always make sure that my Business Travel Insurance will cover the country I'm visiting. The best companies for travel insurance offer you many options or plans to choose from. Business Travelers are under the impression that Business Travel Accident Insurance covers them. How wrong they are when facing travel interruption, trip cancellations, lost baggage or a long flight delay. Many insurers have eliminated that coverage all together in this post Covid-19 world.
But most insurers still cover a sudden onset of symptoms brought on by either 'bad' food or food your stomach doesn't have enzymes to dispose of those bad ingredients. (You know what I mean. And for those of you who don't, email me and I'll explain).
The chef at the BoBo laid out a Saturday (Shabbat) Brunch that was massive! I'd never seen so many dishes of food that I could not, on my best day, identify. None of it was meat or fish or protein of a cow kind. It was all vegetables or egg based.
Even the rolls and breads were incredibly exotic. The cheeses like none I've ever seen.
And their coffee was as good, if not better, than Jamaica, Guatemala, Colombia and Ecuador...combined.
I picked small amounts of about 10 dishes from the Buffet and carefully tried each one.
It wasn't Travel food or airport food, which I'm used to (Airport Pizza, Burritos, Eggs with burnt toast, Power Bars and $9 Starbucks Iced Tea), it was amazing.
I can't tell you what it was. Now idea. I think one of the items was a grilled and Olive Oil infused Fennel. Another some kind of lentil thing. But all in all, incredible.
Today, Sunday, I was the only person in the restaurant and on the guest list, I counted 6 people, total.
The chef came over to me and I told him how much I loved yesterday's buffet. That "I didn't know what he made, but it was delicious".
"I make for you, today, something Israeli WOW". I nodded my head and said
"How can I go wrong with Israeli WOW!"
He brought my 10 mini bowls of various cheeses with this, lentils with that, home made orange peel marmalade and a big plate of exotic breads and rolls. All made fresh starting at 4 in the morning.
Then he brought me that Israeli coffee concoction with the entre of a filled Croissant.
What was in it tasted sort of like cold, but tasty egg, sun dried tomatoes, Chickpeas that were blended with baba ganoush, some type of fried something and who knows what else.
I tried using a knife to create little fork bites. But, forget it. I picked up the whole slightly mushy croissant and took a bit. Wow! Israeli Wow!Don’t forget your travel insurance from InsureMyTrip.