Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Israel Trip - St Peter's Fish

St. Peter's fish - photo from Wikipedia
We left Tabgha and made a stop for lunch at the St. Peter's Restaurant, which also sits on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  The restaurant's big draw is the fried (whole, complete with the head) fish dinner.  St. Peter's fish is supposed to be the same type mentioned in Matthew 17:24-27In the passage, Yeshua told Peter to cast a line into the sea to catch a fish, and that he would find a shekel in its mouth.  Peter did as instructed, and found the coin, which was then used to pay a tax for both Peter and Yeshua.  

Because of the story, it is traditional (and fun) to open the fish's mouth to check for a coin.   I didn't order the fish this time, since I'd eaten it on my previous trip to Israel.  Others in our group did order it and check the mouth, but no one found a shekel.  

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Israeli New Shekel - photo from Wikipedia
I think it is interesting that the shekel is still used in Israel.  I brought some back from my trip for my grandson. 

I learned later that the fish was probably not the same one in the Bible account.  Most restaurants use farm-raised tilapia instead, due to the reduced numbers of the St. Peter's fish population. 

The food was delicious, although I don't remember what I ordered.  I do remember the salad bar, however, and it was just wonderful.  Again, the fresh fruits and vegetables in Israel are really fresh and taste so good.  

I didn't take any pictures at the restaurant, but I did want to share this pic of a friend who had the fish dinner on her recent trip to Israel.  I crack up every time I see the expression on her face when she saw that whole fish on the platter.  Can't you just hear her saying, "Oh, no...." ?  

If you visit Israel, be sure to try this dinner.  It's part of the whole Israeli experience.

Next stop was Caesaria Philippi, and I'll have lots of photos for you next week.  It is such a beautiful spot.


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  1. Wow I have seen Rick Steves travel there on PBS, but your pictures gives an amazing view of your trip. Hopefully someday I will get to travel there and experience the fun.

  2. I knew it its Tilapia! My sisters fave and this photo and post reminded me of her =) #WW

  3. We visited Israel in 1978. What a wonderful experience it was. Would love to eat at this place. I love fish. This reminded me of a funny thing on our trip. Many people in our group were talking about Peter bread they served in Israel. It was actually Pita bread but they thought it was Peter bread. One person on our tour bus asked the guide why they called it Peter bread. He said "We don't." Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience on Spiritual Sundays.

    1. Charlotte - that is so funny. I love me some pita bread - especially with falafels. Thanks for stopping by and making me laugh.

  4. I hope to come back next week. I like reading about your trip. I also love the photos. Thank you.

    1. Thank You for stopping by and commenting. Come back because I have so much more to share about Israel.


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