About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Wineries & Vineyards
Flea & Street Markets
Adom is located at the First Station, the city’s defunct original railway station that’s now an open-air shopping center, with a variety of shops and places to eat and drink. Seeming to take a cue from the livelier and more fashionable dining scene down the road in Tel Aviv, Adom is a restaurant and wine bar with an upscale feel tempered by a relaxed atmosphere. Dishes from its contemporary Mediterranean menu worth mentioning include the obligatory (but nonetheless scrumptious) schnitzel with fries and tartar sauce; the slow cooked ossobuco with mash; and seaweed risotto with calamari and split blue crab.
Situated just outside of Mahane Yehuda Market, this celebrated traditional worker’s cafe is famous for authentic and homely dishes such as 'mejadra,' made with lentils and fried onions.
About halfway between Jerusalem and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Barkan Wine Experience is an ideal setting to relax for a few hours in the sunshine and, of course, sample some local wine. Many of the wines are made from grapes grown in adjacent vineyards, a number are award-winning, and a few are exceptionally good.
Mahane Yehuda Market is a must-see destination for any self-respecting foodie visiting Jerusalem… or simply anybody looking for some buzzing street life and something good to eat. The market is a marvelous place to sample a range of local delicacies such as falafel, to shop for all sorts of amazing herbs and spices (purchase some za’atar to add an authentic Middle Eastern taste to your dishes back home), and pick up all sorts of other tasty souvenirs while honing your people-watching skills and practicing your street photography.
For an affordable and delicious meal in a kinetic setting, make sure to plan ahead by booking your reservation as early as possible for this popular market restaurant. Named after the local nickname for Mahane Yehuda Market, Machneyuda offers regularly updated menus that reflect seasonality, as well as cookery workshops to share its trio of chefs’ love of Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine.
This well-established East Jerusalem restaurant is set within a restored 100 year-old Arab villa and is a smart choice for traditional home style Palestinian cooking.
Another legendary (and legendarily down to earth) Mahane Yehuda restaurant, Rachmo is a humble eatery renowned across the globe for its 'kube,' a Kurdish/Iraqi dumpling soup. Local politicians, big name chefs (most notably Yotam Ottolenghi), and probably everyone else who’s had the pleasure of dining there, all profess their love for Rachmo!
Situated down a tiny covered alleyway in a quiet courtyard, Tmol Shilshom is an old house converted into a shabby-chic bookshop and cafe lined with shelves stacked high with books and bric-a-brac. Tmol Shilshom is perhaps most popular for its breakfasts (and rightly so); the 'shakshuka' (eggs poached in a tomato sauce) is to die for.