Israel is known for many things- its history and culture, the various religions and languages practiced and spoken, its geography including the Dead Sea, among many others. But what most people don't think of is the incredible food found everywhere throughout the country.
The chocolate filled rugelach above and several of the photographs below come from the Mahane Yehuda Market, also known as "The Shuk."
Look at the rich chocolate and perfectly browned pastry.
Below you can see how the various vendors display their delicious merchandise in the Shuk. It was difficult to only take photos and not sample one of everything!
Fresh mini challah rolls.
Below are sufganiyot, a ball-shaped doughnut, fried and injected with jelly or custard, typically eaten during the Hanukkah holiday.
And last but not least, it was very important for me to make a stop at my favorite rugelach shop in Israel, Marzipan. These were fresh out of the oven.