Articles by Mala Blomquist


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Chef Mor Cohen

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon   Mor Cohen is the head chef at the Herbert Samuel restaurant, located at The Ritz-Carlton in Herzliya, Israel. The restaurants namesake, Herbert Samuel, was a Liberal British politician who was appointed in 1920 as the first British High Commissioner of Palestine. The Herbert Samuel is a modern Hebrew…

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Chef Meir Adoni

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon To say Chef Meir Adoni is a busy man is an understatement. In Tel Aviv, he owns Lumina, a modern Israeli bistro located on the seafront, and Blue Sky, located on the rooftop of the Carlton Hotel with a rich vegetarian and fish menu. Meir also owns Layla in…

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Chef Alon Shaya

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon Although he now lives in New Orleans, Chef Alon Shaya tributes Israel for how he thinks about food and the eating culture at his two restaurants Saba (grandfather in Hebrew) in New Orleans and Safta (grandmother) in Denver. The James Beard award winner admits he loves to cook Italian…

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Chef Moshe Basson

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon In the heart of Jerusalem, situated at the meeting point between the old and new city, sits The Eucalyptus kosher restaurant. Owner and head chef Moshe Basson specializes in foods that are local and regional, with roots deep-seated in the history of the area and its people. The chef uses…

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Chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon   The Israeli husband and wife duo of Chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich own two restaurants and a deli in London. Their first restaurant Honey & Co. opened seven years ago in Fitzrovia, in central London. It is a small, homey place serving Middle Eastern food for breakfast,…

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Anthony Bourdain and the magic of Majda

PHOTO: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown-Israel with Yotam Ottolenghi, Michal Baranes and Yakub Barhum, proprietors of the Majda restaurant in Ein Rafa. Yakub is Muslim and Michal is Jewish. On Sept. 15, 2013, the season two premiere of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” on CNN featured the late host, Anthony Bourdain and his crew making their first…

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6 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

What’s old is new again is undoubtedly true for some of these fashion trends for 2019. Cycling Shorts Influencers and celebrities are wearing bike shorts across Instagram, so this trend is here to stay for a while. There are many ways to wear these athleisure pieces aside from their original intention. They can be paired…

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Everyone’s gaga for ga-ga

Photo: B’nai B’rith Campers play ga-ga. Ga-ga has been a favorite game at Jewish summer camps for decades. Recently, the game has gained mainstream popularity and can be found at camps and playgrounds around the world. Deemed a “gentler version of dodgeball” the game is played in a ga-ga pit. The ga-ga pit is usually…

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