Galileat
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Are you travelling in Israel and looking for something off the beaten track? Galileat brings you different types of activities that the whole family will love.Makluba, Hubeza, Sinya…Maybe you've heard the names but never realized that it's authentic Galilean food. Galileat gives you an authentic experience that will make your trip to Israel an unforgettable one. We will show you Israel through the eyes, and palate, of a local. Our culinary adventures allow the participant a hands-on, true to life cultural immersion. It is a unique experience, unlike anything else you've ever done in Israel. You complete one of our cooking workshops having learnt how to cook something that you might, or might not have heard about , having eaten what you prepare with your host, and will understand a little better how people live in the rural Galilee. Oh, and let's not forget…it's a whole lot of fun!!!We have Druze, Moslem and Christian hosts, all of whom exemplify the middle-eastern custom of hachnasat orchim; warmly welcoming guests into their homes. The day starts (after tea and coffee, of course) with approximately 3 hours of hands-on preparation of traditional dishes. In the winter and spring, it is many wild greens, picked fresh from the fields. Late spring and summer, frikki (smoked green wheat) is on the menu. The menu changes seasonally, in keeping with the cycle of life in the Galilee. Once we have finished preparing the delicacies, we all sit and enjoy our feast. Culinary tourism is not just about good eating. That you can do at home. It's about exploring foreign cultures through taste, smell and experience.
Karmiel, Israel

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Melissa S
Tiburon, CA21 contributions
June 2023
My family - ages 10-86 - spent a wonderful day with Paul in the Galilee, learning about the amazing diversity of foods and cultures in the area. We visited a local market, flour mill, coffee roasters, olive grove, and goat cheese farm, and sampled excellent food at each location. For us, the highlight was lunch with a Druze family who generously welcomed us into their beautiful home and cooked one of the best meals we've ever eaten! I'd highly recommend this tour.
Written 29 June 2023
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Gerard B
1 contribution
May 2023
Our reaction to the cooking workshop with a Druze couple echoes that of other reviewers. We were graciously and warmly welcomed and began with a discussion of Druze culture and religion.

Next we donned aprons and set about preparing a multi-course dinner. We were two couples and needed to avoid various ingredients (including sesame and garlic) due to food intolerances. Our hosts did a fabulous job accommodating our requirements—better and more cheerfully than most restaurants.

We’re looking forward to receiving the recipes so that we can prepare these dishes for friends back in the U.S.

Both the food and the cultural exchange were highlights of our Israel vacation.

The views from our hosts’ home were to die for.
Written 6 May 2023
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Simon F
Oxford, UK8 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Great way to spend a morning. Not just a cooking workshop, but a cultural guide to Druze society too. Culmination is we got to eat the produce, which was a tasty culinary feast. We are vegetarian, which was no problem, though I understand many of the dishes are for carnivores. I could not fault this experience and will merrily do it again if friends come to visit. Full marks for everyone who made it happen. Really original.
Written 10 April 2023
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mjweinstein
Sandwich, MA8 contributions
Feb 2023
Our GalilEat experience was the best part of our Israel tour! Our guide Paul started with a trip to a working local market. The colors and aromas of the local fruits and vegetables were amazing. Paul's relationship with the local vendors is wonderful to see. He obviously has close friendships with the the people of his community. Following our market trip, Paul took us to an authentic family-owned and working flour mill and wood fired pita bakery that was fabulous. One of our favorite parts was seeing 3,000 year old olive trees and a delicious lunch by a Druze woman who cooked us a delightful meal and shared her story with us. We HIGHLY recommend any of Paul's tours. He is so knowledgeable of the local areas, and history, and also makes touring fun and personal. It was especially moving to have an in depth look at an area in Israel where Jews and Arabs live side by side peacefully. Don't miss this tour. Great for all ages.
Written 27 February 2023
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Thank you for your praise. It so enjoyed showing you and Sue a side of the Galilee that you wouldn't ordinarily have an opportunity to see.
Written 27 February 2023
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Rachel F
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Friends
I loved meeting everyone and everyone was so kind to us. Love you woodlands and everything else. Yeah
Written 26 February 2023
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It was a pleasure meeting you and all your community last week. I hope we can do it again when you are next in Israel.
Written 27 February 2023
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Lori G
2 contributions
Feb 2023
The Druze Cooking with Galileat was phenomenal! It was very special meeting the Druze family and cooking and eating with them. They were extremely hospitable and our guide Paul was exceptional! An outstanding experience!
Written 22 February 2023
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Thank you for your kind words, Lori. We are proud to be able to show people from around the globe that what brings us together is far more than what separates us.
Written 23 February 2023
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Kelly G
13 contributions
Nov 2022
I cannot recommend GalilEat strongly enough! Our guide, the excellent Baruch of Touring With Baruch, suggested that we do an Arabic cooking class while on our trip. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have gone for this if not for the fact that my mom, who was on this trip to Israel, did something similar when she visited India and said it was a fabulous experience. I really value eating well when I travel, and I love visiting restaurants. So to do this home cooking class meant not going to a restaurant one night. Well thank goodness we did this home cooking class! Because, as it turns out, it was my favorite meal in Israel. More importantly, it was a beautiful experience of the profound joy that is making new friends in other countries, and a reminder that language barriers and geographical distance are no match against everyone’s common humanity.

How it worked: Baruch drove us to the home we were visiting, which was the home of a lovely woman named Pnina. There, we also met up with Paul, who owns and runs GalilEat. When we arrived, we visited in Pnina’s living room and asked her questions about her life in Israel and her Druze faith. Paul functioned as the translator. My family and I knew nothing about the Druze, and it was utterly fascinating to learn about their long-ago break from the Muslim faith, their history across time, and their lives in modern-day Israel. Pnina happily fielded or questions, answering all of them, and Paul was the ever-ready middleman, making the conversation feel natural and seamless. Pnina also asked some questions about us, which we were just as happy to answer.

Eventually, we moved into Pnina’s kitchen, quite literally rolled up our sleeves, and got cooking! In advance of our arrival, she made the more labor-intensive and time-consuming dishes of our dinner. We helped her with a salad, an appetizer, and this crazy delicious bread that I’m still thinking about. At some point prior to our trip, I mentioned to Baruch that I’d recently been introduced to the wondrous dessert that is knafeh. He asked Paul if we might be able to make knafeh, and Pnina very graciously granted this request! I was blown away by everyone’s kindness and flexibility, as it was so much fun to make fresh knafeh (and oh my goodness was it good).

In time, dinner was ready, and all of us—Pnina, Paul, Baruch, my six family members, and I—gathered in Pnina’s dining room and broke bread together. It was so special to share in a meal with strangers-turned-friends. We had lively conversation, and Paul always took care to translate to Pnina so she could remain just as engaged as the rest of us. And, as I said, the food was phenomenal. All in all, this was way better than a restaurant! It was a way more personal experience than any restaurant, no matter how great their food, could have ever offered.

I will never travel overseas again without scheduling a similar home cooking experience whenever possible. It’s such a unique and fun way to learn about a country, its people, its culture. It’s a truly immersive experience, and one that comes with the bonus of incredible food. I enthusiastically recommend an evening with GalilEats—it’ll be among your most memorable experiences on your trip to Israel.
Written 17 January 2023
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Bob Gibney
Berkeley, California4 contributions
Oct 2022
Wendy, Lorie and I spent two weeks touring Israel in Oct 2022. A very special highlight of our trip was a visit (arranged by Galileat) to a Druze family for a hands-on cooking class. Our hosts had us all very busy in their kitchen preparing a multi-course meal from fresh, local ingredients. Then, the payoff: eating what we'd help prepare with our hosts. It was delicious. But our visit to their home was much more than the cuisine. Before our fun in the kitchen, we spent an hour in conversation with our hosts in their living room, sippiing tea. They shared stories of their family and explained much about the Druze faith and community customs. It was a wonderful experience---much enhanced by the active participation of Paul Nirens (Galileat)!
Written 16 January 2023
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Andrew F
1 contribution
Jan 2023
This was an incredible experience. It was an honor to be welcomed into Pnina's home and learn about her religion and heritage. The kids enjoyed cooking with her and tasting foods they had never heard of before. Paul was an amazing ambassador and translator. If you are looking for an intimate cultural experience this is what you want to sign up for. Make sure to try Pnina's olives that she grows!
Written 13 January 2023
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Stacey B
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
We were fortunate enough to get to participate in one of Paul's culinary experiences. We were very warmly welcomed into Zarafat's home where we learned about the Druze faith and thenwere able to participate in the preparation of a Druze dinner. Best of all we got to share the meal with our host Zarafat and her daughter in law Abil. The foot was wonderful and I look forward to trying the recipes at home.
Written 10 November 2022
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