It's the weekend. Jerusalemite likes to celebrate these milestones in time the same way it likes to celebrate everything else: with a plate of creamy hummus.
But of course, most of Jerusalem's famous hummusiot close up shop for the weekend, leaving those Jerusalem residents and tourists who do not observe Shabbat bereft of warm chickpea ambrosia. On Shabbat, there is nary a fuul bean nor a warm pita to be found in the city center.
But there is another way.
The famous hummus restaurants in the Arab sections of the Old City are open for business on Saturdays, and all Jerusalem visitors owe it to themselves to give these restaurants and their generations-old hummus recipes a try.
The two Old City hummusiot that garner the most attention are Abu Shukri in the Muslim Quarter and Lina in the Christian Quarter. Both are simple, unadorned establishments filled with quiet men who are deadly serious about the pursuit of perfect hummus. Both are Jerusalem institutions. And both of them have faultless hummus, intensely flavorful and swimming in a deep pool of olive oil in the classic Arab style.
So what are you waiting for? Taste a piece of Jerusalem tradition.
Photo courtesy of plate of hummus courtesy of thisyearsboy under a creative commons license.