Three years ago, I found a cheap flight to Tel Aviv and on an impulse I planned a trip to visit Israel for the first time. A simple trip that lasted only eight days greatly influenced the way I travel and introduced me to a style of cuisine that is now one of my most favorite.
As with any place I visit, the food is an incredibly important part of the travel experience, if not THE most important. Years later the memories and sensations that are the most vivid are those of food, and Israel was no different. I remember lunches of falafel and pita, always served with a side of fresh hummus. Like many travelers, I looked for a way to recreate those food memories at home and finding great hummus was perhaps the food I had the most success with.
The first time I had real, homemade hummus in Israel was a moment I still remember. I was sitting in a small café in Tel Aviv and ordered it to go along with my falafel pita sandwich. At the first bite I was in love, even though I wasn’t completely sure what hummus actually was. It’s a simple dish really, as well as an ancient one. Classic hummus is made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
Maybe it’s this simplicity that attracts me the most, but it is now something I always keep stocked in my fridge.
As many of you may know, Sabra hummus has been a loyal sponsor of LandLopers for more than a year, a perfect partnership given my love of hummus and their philosophy of bringing exotic locations into everyone’s kitchens through their food. While there are many ways to enjoy hummus, like this chocolate dessert using hummus I wrote about last year, the best thing to do with it is to simply dip your favorite foods into it. Sure pita bread is traditional, but that’s not the only thing hummus pairs well with. Anything really, from vegetables to more savory bites are a perfect accompaniment to my favorite side dish.
So, you may have clicked on this link due to the promise of free hummus and I certainly don’t want to disappoint you. Sabra has graciously agreed to give one of you a year’s supply of Sabra hummus (1 container per month for 12 months in the form of gift certificates) along with a special Sabra prize pack full of great gear.
You want this. I know you do. And I want you to have it, so I made it easy to enter. For a chance to win a year’s supply of hummus, just leave a comment below with your favorite thing to dip in hummus that IS NOT bread.