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My visit with Ze’ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery #GoIsrael

So most people associate Israel with religious sights … or hot clubs (play or pray, yes?) Yet increasingly the state is known for its excellent wine. Recently I had the chance to meet up with one of the second wave of pioneers (winemakers who learned from the original mavens), a gentleman named Ze’ev Dunie. “So […]



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Clubbing in #TelAviv During #GoIsrael Tour

  Perhaps you’ve heard that classic Beach Boys song about two girls for every boy. Well ladies, the good news in Tel Aviv is that there’s about thirty guys for every girl, and you can find them at the various clubs that has recently made Tel Aviv a club destination in itself. When I first […]



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Experiencing the Machneyuda Market Restaurant in Jeresalem during #Goisrael

At first, I didn’t quite know what to think when I discovered our #goisrael farewell dinner would be at Machneyuda.  Typically a farewell dinner is a formal affair, and when I was advised to “dress casual” I did not know what to expect. So like any self-respecting foodie I checked out the reviews. The place […]



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A Night At The Historic King David Hotel: #GoIsrael

The name “King David Hotel” comes to mind when booking a hotel in Israel. For many people, Jerusalem represents the chance to a chance to view the Old City where historical biblical characters lived and where today’s new generation continue on the work of their fathers and grandfathers. This is really one of the most […]



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Visiting Chef Moshe Bason of Eucalpytus Restaurant on #GoIsrael

  “I was born into a Tahini making family,” said Iraqi born Moshe Bason, owner of “Eucalyptus” restaurant in the old city of Jerusalem. We are gathered in his modern looking restaurants near the gates of the city. As soon as we step in, there is a vibe both peaceful and energizing impossible to describe. […]



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A Night in Paradise: Tiberias Rimonim Galei Kinnereth #GoIsrael

  Okay, so if you’re traveling the wine country – or in any other incidence when you are attending a conference or in a remote place for a limited amount of time – chances are you check into a nice hotel and have zero time to explore all its pleasures.  Yes, this was my experience […]



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Think you Know Druze Cuisine? #GoIsrael

Israel offers a multitude of food cultures, one of the least well known that of the Druze, a sect that is highly religious, believes in reincarnation, and like all Israelis, loves great food.   We tour the Galilee region with local food expert Paul Nirens, who finds local cooks from different ethnicities and offers classes […]



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Meeting Eyal Shani of North Abraxses During #GoIsrael Tour

“Here, try this!” says Eyal Shani, gregarious owner and chef at North Abraxses, a fun and casual restaurant in bustling Tel Aviv. The uninitiated might be surprised to see Eyal grape a scoop of tuna tartar in his bare hand and bang it down on the layer of brown butcher paper that is serving the […]



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Meeting Chef Uri Jeremias of Uri Buri Fish during #GoIsrael Tour

“We call it ceviche because people like names,” joked big, jocular, white-haired and long-bearded chef Uri Jeremias, owner and chef at the restaurant Uri Buri Fish restaurant in Akko, near the sea of Galileel.  This is an old, mostly Arab town, where men sell spices in musty stores and merchants hawk pomegranate juice on the […]



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Fun Tapas Party in Israel at Vicky Christina #GoIsrael Tour

  Okay, maybe there’s nothing new about a chef with a tattoo – but have you ever seen a chef with a tattoo all over his face and shaven head?  Well, if chef  Yonatan Berrebi looks a bit unconventional, his fun, upbeat personality and passion for his Spanish tapas-based cuisine is really refreshing to behold. […]



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Eating Local Cuisine on #GoIsrael Tour

“Isn’t this lunch?” I ask, starving, as I hungrily take bites of a typical Israel dish at Dr. Shakshuka, which is made from eggs and tomatoes. We are here for a demonstration of how this famous dish is made, yet accompanying the Shakshuka are various salads and large fluffy pieces of bread. The people around […]



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Visiting Historic #Jaffa on #GoIsrael Tour

“It will be a challenge to tell you the history of Jaffa in forty minutes, but I’ll try,” says our guide at the Jaffa visitor’s center. Jamie is young and energized about his subject, and speaks with a clipped, pronounced British accent. We stand together in room at the bottom of the center, with the […]



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Visiting Carmel Market with Chef Asaf Dokton on #GoIsrael tour

  “Welcome,” says tall, friendly Asaf Doctor, chef at the fun, casual The Brothers Ha’achim restaurant. We are standing in the middle of the famous Carmel market, which has operated in this space for what must be thousands of years and offers beautiful looking fruit, vegetables, spices, meat, and fish – even clothing (new and […]



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Food Writers Go Crazy on Wine & Food Tour #GoIsrael

“Welcome,” says Amir Ilan, “who heads up the culinary program at Dan Gourmet, the Israeli Center for the fourmet art of cooking. Dan Gourmet is a result of a collaboration between ORT Israel and the Dan Hotels Corporationwith the vision of development the talents of the next generation of Israeli culinary experts and has set […]



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Experiencing Herod Hotel & Wilhemina Restaurant #goisrael tour

So here I am at the Wilhemina Restaurant, a fashionable restaurant in the historic Sarona area which has now turned into a center for culture and cuisine.  According to our host Benjamin Gad-Ninai, Director of Hosting Operations Department at Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, 140 years ago the area was settled as a German Temper community. […]



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Brown Hotel on #Go Israel Tour

“Interesting!” I thought, seeing a DJ spinning tunes as I walked into the Brown Urban Hotel in Tel Aviv. Like its name, it’s color is brown, and there is a certain mellow quality to the place and energetic young people who work here. Of course, another thing I immediately love about this hotel beyond the […]



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Santa Ynez Inn Rocks

  Fab visit to the Santa Ynez Inn, a luxury hotel in the tiny (and I mean very small!) ‘old west’ town of Santa Ynez. Arriving here one drives through what can only be called a stage set at MGM studios where Westerns were filmed. In fact, there are even hitching posts in front of […]



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IL GATTOPARDO Restaurant repopens in the historic Rockefeller Townhouses

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” – Il Gattopardo, 1958 “Where did all these people come from?” I wondered, walking into the “new”  IL GATTOPARDO restaurant, which just moved from 33 West 54th St to the historic Rockefeller Townhouses, just down the block at 13-15 West 54th […]



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Luxurious Il Boscareto Resort in Piedmont

So what is this picture of a jacuzzi doing in an online magazine about wine? It is a snap from my favorite hotel in Italy, Il Boscareto, a luxury oriented spa hotel so enticing even the most ardent wine lover might choose to stay inside and have a massage or gourmet meal than hunt for […]



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Review: L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims

Our group of professionals (we are chefs, journalists, food scientists) had our last luxurious lunch at the celebrated L’Assiette Champenoise. It was a very glamorous space, run by Arnaud Lallement grew up in a restauranteur family in Châlons-sur-Vesle.  At 18, with a Diploma from the Strasbourg Hotel & Catering College in his pocket, Arnaud went […]