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Rolling vegetables at HaMotzi restaurant in shuk Machne Yehuda
Rolling vegetables at HaMotzi restaurant in shuk Machane Yehuda

Many people dread spending time with their in-laws, but not National Geographic Traveler researcher Christine Blau (on Twitter @Chris_Blau and Instagram @christineblau). For her, marrying a journalist from Jerusalem means inheriting a network of kindred local guides and a lifetime of visits through which to figure out their complex city.

A recent three-week stint at her husband’s familial homestead near Mount Herzl flew by in a happy flurry.

Here are some of the highlights from her trip, in her own words:

Craveable culinary experience: Move over, falafel and hummus; this city of immigrants cooks up an incredibly rich culinary scene. Expand your horizons, and whet your appetite, by grazing your way through stalls filled with rugelach, halva, and dried fruit at my favorite shuk in town, Machane Yehuda. When you’ve gotten your fill of the open-air market (and the intoxicating cloud of spices that hovers around it), snag a table at…

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Continue reading this article on National Geographic Intelligent Travel blog, published on May 26, 2015.

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