Israel has the best coffee. Starbucks really doesn't have a chance. In fact, Starbucks failed a few years ago but I hear tell that they may try again. After my iced coffee and sandwich in Aroma today with Jessica, I reflected on Starbucks's anemic food and pastry offerings to go along with coffee. I shared a portobello sandwich with Jess - lovely, fresh, whole wheat bread with grilled portobellos, fresh onion, greens, tomato and pesto. Aroma's coffee is always good and well-brewed as well.
I drink too much coffee lately. It's hot and there's nothing like iced coffee on a hot day. Coffee always seems like the right treat after coming out of government offices. Had a good day of Israeli beauracracy - rented a car, drove downtown and found parking and unannounced, had a meeting with an Oleh Counselor in order to discuss a few things and dealt with some paperwork. Followed that up with some iced coffee, a visit to our favorite kipa guy on Yaffo Street just to tell him that we had made Aliyah ("Kol Ha'kavod," he said, or "Good for you!") and then some banking.
Banking, as everyone warned us remains somewhat mysterious. Today we picked up bank cards (they won't mail them), checks (they won't mail them) and discovered that our wire transfer of money from America arrived. Yea!
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