This is a story about baklava, lots of baklava. During our second week in Israel my husband and I had the opportunity to go on a date. We NEVER have date nights. So we decided to have a little adventure and find the famous baklava shop in the Wadi Nisnas Market
I had heard about this place by watching Best Street Food From Around the World on Netflix. I couldn’t believe they had an episode on Haifa-only Haifa, no Tel Aviv or Jerusalem! I watched this while I was pregnant with Adam and had the worst sweet tooth-and my husband promised he would take me. Wadi Nisnas is a nice market, not nearly as impressive as Maheneh Yehuda, but a good size. It sits on a mountain overlooking the port. We walked up and down the streets holding hands. My husband stopped a few people asking them in Hebrew for directions.
When we found the baklava shop we couldn’t believe the variety they had. Some were cigar shaped, some were squares, some had almonds, some had pistachios-all looked incredible. The smell of honey perfumed the air as we made our choices, but it was hardly a choice. We sampled at least two-thirds of the variety the offered.
My favorite had anise and almonds. The flavor was delicate and it just melted in my mouth. I’m going to try a few baklava recipes after the holidays. It’s in my blood after all-my family is Macedonian. I will be sharing my recipes on the blog so be sure to check back!