Saturday, June 4, 2011

Welcome to Summer Stock Sunday 2011!

And just like that, winter is over and summertime is here, and with it the 2011 edition of Summer Stock Sundays - the place to share all those great summer memories each Saturday at 2pm EDT (9pm here in Israel) - post your favorite summertime shot to your blog and then come here and sign the linkie so that the other participants can find you to visit, and of course a comment here is always welcome :).

Here's mine to get things rolling - because what says summertime more than watermelon?

This giant pile of watermelons were on sale yesterday morning at Tel Aviv's Hatikva Market. But how to choose?

How to know which stall really has the "number 1 watermelon"?

 Many of the stalls take one and cut it open to show their customers the quality of their fruit. This one looks good to me, don't you think?

I didn't actually buy one on yesterday's photowalk (you'll be seeing more of that in the days to come - it was good fun and quite a success photographically) because I already had one at home, but ours too was delicious and extra refreshing when we ate it at the pool this afternoon. (As an aside, did you know that Israelis don't generally serve watermelon in slices to eat while the juices run down your chin? Nope, they cut them up into bite-sized chunks and serve them with forks. Often, especially for outdoor meals like our picnics at the pool, they just hand out forks and everyone helps themselves from the communal bowl, one piece at a time. A bit more prep-time up front but a whole lot easier to eat this way.)

How's your summer shaping up so far? We'd love to see what you're up too so jump right in and join the Summer Stock crew! 



Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Clearly, my latent Israeli kicks up around watermelons, as I, too, prefer to eat them after they've been chunked.

Dina said...

Hi Robin, it's nice to be back to your Summer Stock.
That watermelon is really RED.
Remember when the sellers used to call out "Kol avatiach doctor!" -- Every watermelon, a doctor. And the neighboring stand would start shouting "Every one, a professor!"

I had European guests for dinner on Friday and felt like serving dessert the old familiar American way, as you said.
Well, they must have been living in Israel too long. They were shocked when I brought the whole small watermelon to the table and cut it into 4 long quarters, one for each of us.

Melissa said...

I'm loving your food photos, Robin! That watermelon looks so tasty and BEAUTIFUL! :-D

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

I love the brilliant colors of your photos...and also the artistic arrangement of the cut watermelon in its own special stand. I did not know how Israelis eat their watermelon before you told us, but I have to agree with them...much better in chunks with a fork! That's how I eat it.

maryt/theteach said...

That's THE MOST DEELISH watermelon I've seen! I'm back with my Summer Stodck Sunday!

hip-chick said...

anyway you slice it it says yummy to me.

Leora said...

Yum. There's nothing like the juiciness of Israeli fruit.

kaye said...

yup--nothing says summer like a juicy watermelon. I love your shot.

Julia Smith said...

How to know which stall really has the "number 1 watermelon"?

And then the photo of the No. 1 watermelon. LOL!

SouthLakesMom said...

GORGEOUS melons! Wow! My Grandpa was from Hope, Arkansas, "watermelon capital of the world" and he could thump a melon and get you the very sweetest and best one!

I'm late this week Robin, but I'll try to be better!

Spiderdama said...

Nice to have your Summer photos back:-)
Watermelon is fresh on these hot days in summer. My kids love it! Great photos!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Phyllis Sommer said...

i can almost hear the vendors shouting...avote-ach! avote-ach! shekel v'chetzi! (i bet the prices have gone up since i lived there last :-)

xo happy summer!

Ginger said...

Your watermelons are making my mouth water! Glad to see Summer Stock is back.

Mama Pajama said...

nice melons... ; )

Leovi said...

Great watermelon, how rich.