Food & Recipes

Colorful mix of local dishes and recipes brought from all over the world. The Israeli cuisine is frequently ranked among the top ten healthiest diets in the world being quite similar to the Mediterranean diet. 'Israeli Food' brings you the best Jewish recipes and news from the culinary world.

Looking at the whole picture - from planting to eating

They say we all have wisdom in hindsight after we have experienced the process from its inception to its culmination.

10/09/2020
Wine Talk: New year means wine

These are my recommendations for the Rosh Hashanah family meal, divided into price categories to assist your choice.

Pascale's kitchen: Rosh Hashanah challah

Challah is never just another type of bread – it’s in a category all on its own.

The Yekev - Good food in prodigious quantities

The place has so much going for it – many different places to dine, both inside and out; a stunning view of the expanse of wine-dark sea through the gently waving palms.

Muffin Boutique - Just don't eat the tops

Out of a total of 25 flavors, they make eight or nine every day, some dairy and some vegan.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
03/09/2020
Staycation: On the trail of coffee in Jerusalem amid COVID-19 pandemic

Staycation, coupling the words stay and vacation, means having leisure time at home or nearby.

By HEDDY BREUER ABRAMOWITZ
03/09/2020
Pascale's Kitchen: Traditional North-African couscous

The process of preparing couscous might be a bit complicated, but it does have the advantage of all being cooked together at the same time with the soup, at the end of which you have an entire meal.

Wine Talk: Most improved winery

Teperberg is the third largest winery in Israel, after Barkan and Carmel, and the largest family-owned winery.

Change up your Rosh Hashanah menu with these 9 delicious recipes

Here’s a few main entrees that might be almost as good as that holiday brisket.

By SHANNON SARNA/JTA
02/09/2020
Busch Beer debuts Dog Brew – a non-alcoholic drink for canine companions

The brew is a bone broth "full of dog-friendly flavors and nutrients," and can turn man's best friend into man's best drinking buddy.

02/09/2020
Los Angeles pop-up The Bad Jew serves nonkosher takes on Jewish deli food

The Bad Jew has been selling homemade pork-based deli sandwiches, and people – including Jews – are gobbling it up.

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN/JTA
01/09/2020
Want to master cake-making? Head to Tel Aviv's newest baking studio

Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, Baker Street TLV is a corona-friendly fun cake making studio open for group workshops

Bar Italia - A worthy suburban sister

Bar Italia in Netanya mirrors the excellence of its Tel Aviv sibling

By BUZZY GORDON
27/08/2020
Pascale's Kitchen: Popsicles for sunny days

These recipes are a great alternative to buying mass-made Popsicles at the corner store.

schnitzel
How schnitzel became an Israeli staple

Schnitzel did not start out as an Israeli dish. It originated as either the Italian cotoletta alla Milanese or the Viennese Weiner schnitzel

By RACHEL MYERSON/JTA
27/08/2020
The Chinese Wall in Tel Aviv

This 40-seat restaurant in south Tel Aviv is unassuming with plain wooden tables and some red Chinese lantern decorations hung from the ceiling.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
20/08/2020
Goshen - A Solid Steakhouse

The veteran Goshen is a kosher outpost on Tel Aviv's Nahalat Binyamin Street.

By BUZZY GORDON
21/08/2020
Pascale's Kitchen: One-pot meals

The secret to the success of one-pot meals is cooking them for a few hours in the oven at extremely low temperatures.

The 2020 beer roundup: Beat the corona blues with a brew

Breweries have invested talent, time and money to bring their beers to the market.

By DOUG GREENER
26/08/2020
Wine Talk: The one and only

Yair Haidu is arguably the number-one wine expert in Israel. Yet he is not a winemaker and does not work for a winery. He is neither a sommelier in a restaurant, nor is he a wine critic.

Nathan's Famous partners with UAE branch of Mezzan to retail halal hot dogs

Halal translates to "permissible or lawful" in English. With reference to food, it is the notable dietary standard for observant Muslims, as prescribed in the Quran.

416 - The vegan option that spoils you for choice

Today in Tel Aviv there are dozens of good vegan restaurants and the only problem is choosing one.

Napoleon - The closest thing to visiting France

The pastries at Jerusalem’s ‘Napoleon’ patisserie are worth the calories.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
13/08/2020
Luna Arabic Bistro - The culinary star of Nazareth

Luna Arabic Bistro shot up to make Time Out Magazine’s Eating and Drinking Awards’ 101 Best Places to Eat in Israel (2019). Not surprisingly, customers began to flow in from all parts of the country.

By BUZZY GORDON
13/08/2020
Paletas
On International Popsicle Day, try a Mexican-inspired Israeli-style treat

Paletas founder Naomi Zisblatt got the idea to create paletas and bring them to Israel after tasting them at Mexican bodegas in New York City.

Pascale's Kitchen: The wonderful world of Paula Rosenberg

In addition to her show, Paula offers nutrition workshops out of her clinic during which she helps people carry out life-altering processes.

Six new geographical indications for wine are registered in Israel

Geographical indicators are considered to be a type of intellectual property. For this reason, once they have beeen registered they are protected by local and international laws.

New cereal bar to be opened in Tel Aviv

The new shrine for cereal lovers will offer a large variety of cereals and tasty toppings, including Trix, Cap'n Crunch, Apple Jacks, Pop Tarts and many other all-time childhood favorites.

Sandwich
Brits bid farewell to their beloved lunchtime sandwiches

Sandwich consumption is considered to be a national habit, as Brits eat around 11.5 billion sandwiches a year. This means that a single British adult consumes some 200 sandwiches a year.

High Tea at the King David Hotel
High tea at the King David Hotel

The high tea is served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and there is currently a promotion that offers it to anyone who books a room.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
06/08/2020
Shipudim
Shipudim in Rosh Pina

Overall the place feels very “Israeli” and I didn’t hear anybody speaking English while I was there.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
06/08/2020
TOMATO AND PEPPER MAKBUBA SALAD
Pascale's Kitchen: Spicy salads

To make these salads properly, continue cooking the vegetables until all the water has been absorbed and a strong spicy aroma wafts from the pot.

THE ELEMENTAL alimental joy of the chickpea.
Hummus crosses borders across the Middle East

For those who are not fully versed in local soul food, musabbaha is a variation of hummus popular in this part of the Middle East, predominantly in Syria, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon.

06/08/2020
Watermelon
Int'l Watermelon Day: Tips on how to pick the best watermelon

For choosing a flavorful watermelon, tips include what color to go for when picking out a watermelon, if size matters, and what conditions are best for keeping the coveted summer food.

04/08/2020
Katy’s: A charming place to celebrate life

For now, Katy has decided on the option of offering customers a marvelous meal with a bottle of wine for NIS 150!

29/07/2020
Brisket - meat in all shapes and sizes

It’s a no-frills joint with bare wooden tables, and it made me think of an American diner or something out in the Wild West.

Herzliya’s Agadir and Roberta’s suburban burgers

Agadir and Roberta’s burgers offer outdoor seating, takeaway and delivery.

By JONATHAN GILAD
03/08/2020
Pascale's Kitchen: A whole meal in a bowl

These dishes require organization and preparation in advance, and with the interesting flavor combinations you can create a surprising lunch or breakfast in a bowl.

Israeli CEO of Boston’s Tatte bakery chain steps down amid discrimination accusations

Tzurit Or will become a “creative adviser” at Tatte Bakery and Cafe, the Israeli-inflected chain in the Boston area that she launched in 2004, and will no longer have daily management responsibility.

By PENNY SCHWART/ JTA
29/07/2020
Israeli initiative creates virtual platform for food-lovers amid COVID-19

“People want memorable, fun experiences. We’re creating the possibility for this.”

Gluten-free coco-chocolate chip cookies
Tesla industrial designer redesigns the chocolate chip

The shape more resembles a flattened diamond, with two thick edges and two thin ones in order to maximize texture.

26/07/2020
1868: We all need a splurge these days

Chef Yankale Turjeman has changed the restaurant’s concept to make it more accessible to Israelis and lowered the prices significantly.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
23/07/2020
Fruit & cream cakes recipes

This week, I am bringing you three fruit cake recipes, all of which form a bond between the fruit and the crust. This is done in three different ways.

Ice cream at Leggenda
Pine nut ice cream in Tel Aviv sweetens the current crisis

Pinoli, which means pine nut in Italian, is devoted to bringing Italian-style gelato to Tel Aviv, but it’s hardly the first place to do that.

Hummus and Falafel, Israel's favorite chickpea-based dishes
Hummus: Advocacy group concerned over health of supermarket brands

The Environmental Working Group is an advocacy organization, funded in part by the organic food industry, that commissions research on the health of consumer products.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
18/07/2020
Check your hummus: Environmental organization finds possible carcinogen

Laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate, the chemical better known as Roundup, in 80% of conventional chickpeas and hummus tested.

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
17/07/2020
AN ANNUAL falafel celebration helps David Dugo Leitner commemorate his mother and his survival
A Trader Joe’s hack: Falafel schnitzel

Try serving these with some amba (pickled mango sauce) or a tahini sauce.

By SHANNON SARNA/JTA
16/07/2020
Harvey’s Smokehouse updates menu

But on a recent visit to try the updated summer menu, I was surprised to find that I especially enjoyed some of the vegetarian dishes that were on offer.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
15/07/2020
Anastasia - Tel Aviv's top vegan restaurant

Who could refuse an invitation to sample the food at this well-established eatery in the heart of the city?

Kamakura - Meat the Japanese way

Kamakura, at the Indigo Boutique Hotel in Ramat Gan’s diamond district, offers exquisite dishes the likes of which you’ve never tasted before.

By NERIA BARR
15/07/2020
In search of a proper British cup of tea

Now I am not claiming that there is unanimity across the British Isles about how exactly to produce the genuine article, but certain basic principles there undoubtedly are.

Pascale's Kitchen: Peanut butter treats

Now that my children are grown, I no longer prepare sandwiches for them in the mornings. But they do still yearn for this magical chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination.

Wine Talk: Remember brandy

Once, Israel used to sell millions of bottles a year. It was called cognac in Israeli slang and was the spirit of choice before the whisky invasion.

Halal meat is displayed in Paris
Kosher halal food should be on coronavirus programs, senators say

"Many in the Jewish and Muslim community only eat kosher or halal food, and have not been able to benefit from these programs if they do not provide these options."

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
10/07/2020
Hatraklin - dinner and the movies

Hatraklin celebrates food in cinema with screenings and an eight-course feast.

By BUZZY GORDON
09/07/2020
Roots - Discover your roots in Acre

It’s a partnership between two childhood friends who grew up in Acre and chef Uri Arnold, whose mother is Egyptian. The food is Middle Eastern with a modern twist.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
09/07/2020
Or Shpitz Bakery - La vie en rose

You can spot it from afar, with its candy-pink façade, pink tables and chairs, a pink bicycle, and flowers framing its doors and windows.

Pascale's Kitchen: A Taste of Nostalgia

There are certain flavors or techniques that, every once in a while, call out to me for lack of attention – usually some taste I remember from my childhood.

Sami and Susu the Mediterranean restaurant named after an Israeli TV show

Sami and Susu opened two weeks ago as a takeout and delivery service operating out of a Brooklyn bar.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
03/07/2020
Silo and Cafe Popular offer bountiful, all-you-can-eat brunches

Israel’s eateries have become creative in their efforts to attract diners to their brunches amid coronavirus restrictions.

By BUZZY GORDON
02/07/2020
Ramat Rahel's Bein Hamataim restaurant - Between the Groves

There is both indoor seating as well as on a covered porch next to open windows. The restaurant can seat a total of 110, but because of corona regulations will host no more than 90 at a time.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
02/07/2020
Hamikdash - A Shrine for Meat Lovers: We'll meat again

Hamikdash in Kfar Saba, where meat reigns supreme and dining is not so much a meal out as a happening.

Medurat Hashevet winery: Worth the schlep

Winery and restaurant in Arad hosts a “winery and knight’s feast.”

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
02/07/2020
The psychology of flour during the coronavirus pandemic

The question is, “What is everyone doing with all that flour?”

02/07/2020
Pascale's Kitchen: Shuk Mahaneh Yehuda

I love visiting the shuk in Jerusalem. I breathe in the clear air and feel like I’m feeding my soul with all the goodness found in the holy city.

Wine Talk: From chocolate baguettes to a world of wine

New oleh Martin Sinkoff has had a long and varied career in wines, and is now looking to the future for Israeli wines.

Serafina hosts leading guest chefs

Reservations are required at Serafina -- especially if you want to sit in the spacious al fresco area, ideal for these virus times.

By BUZZY GORDON
26/06/2020
INCREDIBLE SOURDOUGH BREAD
Pascale's Kitchen: Upper-crust dough

Most dough recipes call for ingredients we all keep at home. There’s something magical about vigorously kneading dough, then letting it rise, shaping it and putting it in the oven to bake.

Hot dogs are the greatest American Jewish food – here’s why

What’s that you say? You didn’t know that hot dogs were a Jewish food? Well, that’s part of the story, too.

By JOEL HABER/JTA
25/06/2020
ARTICHOKE AND CHEESE GALETTE
Best Galette Recipes

Galettes are flat, round, rustic pies, popular in French cuisine, that are made using a freestyle design.

Druze town of Hurfeish
The Galilee: Art, culture & cuisine

Dozens of sites in the Western Galilee, including a number of culinary and art establishments, are now open for business.

By MEITAL SHARABI
18/06/2020
THE SYRIAN vineyard that produces Domaine Bargylus.
Wine Talk: Tears of Bacchus

Making wine is basically an investment in tomorrow. Planting a vineyard in lands of strife is a statement of hope.

Summer special: Brisket tacos with carrot slaw

Brisket is a tough cut of meat, but if braised in well-seasoned liquid long enough, it can go so tender it practically shreds itself when nudged with a fork.

By REBECCA FIRKSER
18/06/2020
Holy bagels! Lox, lax or smoked salmon?

A bagel can also be spelled beigel, beygl (Yiddish) or bajgiel (Polish).

By PESSY KRAUSZ
18/06/2020
ROAST BEEF WITH PRUNES AND APRICOTS
Herb-Roasted Salmon Filet Recipe

This week’s column is dedicated to all of the hardworking people who deserve to be able to serve delicious meals to their families without having to work too hard.

Papa John's Israel franchisee aims to be Israel's dominant pizza chain

The chains will focus on takeaway and home delivery rather than serving customers at the restaurant. The non-kosher status will not change.

10/06/2020
Muffin
Apple cake recipe

Serve this tasty dessert after dinner.

By GOURMETKOSHERCOOKING.COM
13/07/2011
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