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Our trip to Jordan or Cultural Eating

by Olesia June 12 2014, 14:05 travel Jordan Amman restaurants

Hello everyone! This post is about our trip to Jordan where I will show you mainly photos from some of our favorite cafes:)

Flying to Jordan by Royal Jordanian

Flying to Jordan by Royal Jordanian

When we travel to Jordan, for us it is not traveling, but rather going home. My husband has may relatives and friends there, he grew up in Amman.

Last couple of years we managed to travel to Jordan after Eid when people usually visit their relatives in the villages. We also visited my husband's relatives in Al-Alouk, Um Al-Zeitun villages.

Al-Alouk village
Al-Alouk village

Al-Alouk village

Being an arabist, it is always very interesting for me to visit villages, see a more traditional way of Arabs' life. Moreover I believe the nature there is very beautiful with its special spirit.

Ripened Pomegranate fruits
Ripened Pomegranate fruits
Ripened Pomegranate fruits

Ripened Pomegranate fruits

It was the first time for me to see Pomegranates growing on a tree. It was also very strange for me that people actually not really interested in this fruits growing in their gardens. In Ukraine Pomegranate were kind of delicacy being an expensive seasonal fruit. Here they ended up on the ground under the tree.

Unripened Pomegranate fruit

Unripened Pomegranate fruit

Figs, on the contrary were collected carefully. In Jordan they are being sold ripped and fresh and very delicious.

Leaves and green fruit on common fig tree

Leaves and green fruit on common fig tree

Our trip to the villages took us only one day, so the rest of the time we spent chilling and relaxing. Relaxing in Jordan has different forms. This may vary from clubbing to sunbathing and swimming in Aqaba or Dead sea, from hiking in Petra to riding camels in Wadi Rum, from relaxing in Hammamat Ma'in Spas to having a walk in Jerash. But the most common way in Jordan is definitely (how I call it) "Cultural Eating". Eating out is part of Jordanian culture and it is absolutely not a sign that a wife can't cook:) Eating out substitutes sometimes such activities like going to the theater, museum, circus, art gallery or walking in the park. Eating out is the main way of meeting friends, making friends, communicating and sharing news.

Eating out is the main way of having a social life.

As for me it's more negative than positive. As for me, going to the theatre etc. is more interesting, but as they say 'when in Rome, do as the Romans do'.

Enjoying DELICIOUS Arabic cuisine in on of the restaurants in Madaba town
Enjoying DELICIOUS Arabic cuisine in on of the restaurants in Madaba town
Enjoying DELICIOUS Arabic cuisine in on of the restaurants in Madaba town

Enjoying DELICIOUS Arabic cuisine in on of the restaurants in Madaba town

In Amman one of our favorite breakfast places is Tarbush Mat'am (cafe). They have only a few tables, so most people come with their plates to take away. Most of all I like seeing small children coming there sleepy in the morning in their sleeping attire with a plate to have some hummus for the breakfast.

Hummus and falafel are among our breakfast favourites
Hummus and falafel are among our breakfast favourites

Hummus and falafel are among our breakfast favourites

For lunch we use to choose Paul restaurant which is located in City Mall. Amman. Have not tried it yet? Strongly recommend it!

Btw, there are over 436 franchised Paul restaurants around the world. If you happen to come upon one, try it.

My favourite French Onion soup served in a hot bread
My favourite French Onion soup served in a hot bread
My favourite French Onion soup served in a hot bread
My favourite French Onion soup served in a hot bread

My favourite French Onion soup served in a hot bread

For dinner we opt for Arabic food once more. We always try to benefit from our short vacation in Jordan and enjoy Arabic food as much as possible. This time we gad it in famous Hashem restaurant.

Fatta (shreaded bread, hummus, nuts and minced meat (optional)
Fatta (shreaded bread, hummus, nuts and minced meat (optional)

Fatta (shreaded bread, hummus, nuts and minced meat (optional)

After a delicious and nutritious high in calories dinner a walk in a beautiful old town is recommended.

Amman Old town
Amman Old town

Amman Old town

But even this is not the end.

At night we were invited to the Orthodox Club in Amman to celebrate our friend's birthday.

The food was also very delicious that is why I was very grateful for the opportunity to burn my numerous excessive calories.

Burning calories :)
Burning calories :)

Burning calories :)

Thank you for reading my blog!

Next time read about our trip to Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort in Aqaba.

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