Carmel Market is the largest fruit and vegetable market in Tel Aviv, and is the place to sample the city’s local specialties and truly understand its culinary culture. Lunch at Basta was one of the most memorable meals in my recent travels, featuring (clockwise) you know, vegetables, spices, lardo, grouper sashimi that had been swimming in the Med that morning, and finally, the creamy crab pastry.
4 Hashomer St. Tel Aviv
During a recent wine pairing lunch and seminar, I had a chance to share a meal with Brian Duncan of Bin 36, who shared his goal of educating consumers about wine in an innovative way, and to see “a bottle of wine on every table”. This is reflected in a rare, yet affordable line-up of Bin36 labeled wines, hand selected by Duncan, as well as his approach during the seminar to pair the wines with exotic spices to show pairing options outside of traditional wine and food culture.
The lunch itself was spectacular, carefully composed of four courses, topped off by a very memorable in-house pistachio gelato.
This is the second year that the consortium for Morellino di Scansano delivers a tour in the US to promote an Italian red wine made in the hilly environs of the village of Scansano, an ancient region off the coast of southern Tuscany, which has a very unique tradition of winemaking.
Publican Quality Meets (PQM) is a contemporary American butcher shop in the West Loop with a menu of unique sandwiches and beverages, boasting a 32-seat dining room along with additional outdoor seating. Designer and architect, Thomas Schlesser, is also responsible for the intimate and authentic designs of other well-regarded venues such as The Publican (across the street), Blackbird, avec, Big Star and Violet Hour. Depending on what you order, pair your meal with something like German rauch beer, a Flemish sour, or something hoppy. Just don’t confuse the meat locker with the restroom when in the basement (bellow).