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Chef Michael Solomonov shares Israeli culture through food

EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 6,  the James Beard Foundation named Michael Solomonov’s Zahav restaurant this year’s outstanding restaurant. This is Michael’s sixth James Beard Award, which are often called the most prestigious awards in American hospitality.  Renowned Israeli chef and entrepreneur Michael Solomonov was a super-picky eater as a kid, but was lucky to have…

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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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11 places to grab great Israeli food in the desert

PHOTO: Desert dining at its finest, at Pundak Neot Smadar. No, it’s not a mirage: Israel’s desert regions boast restaurants offering a range from made-on-premises dairy to Moroccan classics to smoked meats   By Jessica Halfin Traveling along in the Israeli desert you might think that coming across a good restaurant could be a mirage,…

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Portland at vortex of Israeli food wave

PHOTO: Above, Aviv’s Enchanted Forest seasonal mushrooms, chard, fiddlehead ferns, harif, couscous, cashew labneh and za’atar. At right, Aviv Chef Tal Caspi.   Two food trends have been making the news in recent years: The rise of Israeli cuisine and Portland’s reputation as a foodie destination. Bon Appétit magazine named Portland its “Restaurant City of…

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Young adults get taste of Israel on free Birthright trips

PHOTOS by Sarah Northrop/sartakespics.com Taglit-Birthright, a free 10-day trip to Israel for Jewish young adults, has provided an eye-opening and life-changing experience for more than 650,000 participants who have experienced Israel since Birthright launched in 1999. Hundreds of classic, campus and themed tours are available each year. Trips are operated by various trip organizers, but…

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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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Tel Aviv’s Asian and African migrant hub

PHOTO: Ya’akov and Yasmin in the Sahavrin kitchen. Photo by Naama Barak    In a rundown area of Tel Aviv, Chinese, Philippine and even Sudanese treats are just waiting to be discovered By Naama Barak   A walk through the Neve Sha’anan area in Tel Aviv transports you to a different world, or rather, worlds….

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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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