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.

Mexicali Tex-Mex

From a Tex-Mex fiesta to a cozy Shabbat meal: Israel's once-a-week wonders

Mexicali and Buy the Way offer warming winter meals

By BUZZY GORDON
19/02/2021
A box of holiday sweets, just in time for Purim

Pascale's Kitchen: Purim cookies

This week, Pascale is joined by pastry chef and food blogger Adi Klinghofer, aka Adikosh, who has developed some delicious original recipes perfect for a mishloah manot.

PURIM IS the time for a party, with good-value wine. The Selected brand of Carmel Winery, 50 years

Wine talk: Drinking to remember... or maybe to forget

The idea is to drink enough so one is unable to tell the difference between the phrases “Blessed be Mordechai” and “Cursed be Haman.”

Hamantaschen

These 7 US bakeries will ship hamantaschen directly to you

Whatever the reason, here are a bunch of wonderful bakeries from around the United States that will ship hamantaschen for you.

By SHANNON SARNA/JTA
18/02/2021

NOLA - The veteran still delivers great meals

NOLA’s Brunch Box is a collection assembled especially for delivery convenience.

By BUZZY GORDON
14/02/2021
Street Chef

Street Chef - A welcome addition to the casual food scene

Kapuza’s food menu comprises mostly familiar categories, but with some unique twists of his own, based on his approach to cuisine hat he calls “fast fusion.”

By BUZZY GORDON
14/02/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Our famous street food

Below, I explain how to prepare all of the various components that make up a tasty falafel meal, including homemade pita bread, falafel balls, hummus, tehina and s’hug.

Most US Kosher restaurants have survived the coronavirus pandemic - why?

Observers like me expected many more shutdowns. Fine dining restaurants in cities, in particular, were vulnerable.

By DANI KLEIN/JTA
11/02/2021

Chef Ivan Maslov - Catering in corona times

Maslov uses the un-welcome break to introduce ‘Food Solutions’ to new audiences.

By NERIA BARR
07/02/2021

Fabled seafood restaurant Manta Ray reinvents itself for delivery

Manta Ray, the flagship restaurant of the culinary group founded by Ofra Ganor, has long been a fixture on the southern Tel Aviv boardwalk.

By BUZZY GORDON
04/02/2021

Gerda’s Kitchen - The best vegan food I have ever tasted

The power behind the brand belongs to Hagit Elazar Bergman, who, until a few months ago, had never considered opening a catering establishment.

Four Israeli beers with rare lemons

All four of the beers are named after the lemons. Interdonato, according to Lior Weiss, “is based on American pale ale, and we dry-hop it with Citra hops and lemon zest.”

By DOUG GREENER
04/02/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Delicious, healthy dates

The dates in Israel are dried naturally by the sun while they are still on the tree, without the use of any industrial processes or chemical preservatives.

Wine Talk: Roses & rosés

Whereas roses can be red or pink to send an “I love you” message, the romantic color for wine is pink.

Why American Jews love Stella D’Oro cookies

Stella D’Oro aficionados (Italian, Jewish, both and neither) continue to be highly vocal in their opinions.

By JOANNA O'LEARY/JTA
01/02/2021

Serafina - Italian comfort food delivered

Serafina’s largely intact menu can now be enjoyed in an expanded radius of Tel Aviv.

By BUZZY GORDON
28/01/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Candied citrus peels

This year, instead of throwing away the peels after we eat the fruit, I decided to make candied peels, which can be used to adorn cakes, or be eaten alone as a snack.

Deda

Comforting carbs: Georgian delicacies and tasty pasta

A look at two eateries- Deda; and Tiramisu Yael’s Italian Food.

By BUZZY GORDON
25/01/2021
Tzvi Alon CEO of Plants Production & Marketing Board

Produce board: Buy more fresh fruit for Tu Bishvat this year

Although dried fruits are traditionally consumed for the winter holiday, adding fresh fruit to the table has more benefits

COW’S MILK can be replaced with almond or coconut milk

Israel's alternate protein market grows, vegan substitutes more popular

Thanks to new products in the markets, Israelis have become more aware of the environmental impact of food production and its health impact.

BP Bistro

BP Bistro - A friendly meal at home

The actual restaurant is situated in a petrol station on a major highway and is a place we have often visited with a group of friends and always enjoyed.

GBD - Tel Aviv’s latest burger diner to deliver delicious burgers

GDB burgers have been a special secret for those in the know.

By JONATHAN GILAD
21/01/2021
A HOMEMADE bagel with fresh gravlax from ‘Modern Jewish Baker.’

Holey day observance- All hail National Bagel Day

January 15 was National Bagel Day (oddly, there is no Gefilte Fish Day or Herring Day).

By ALAN ZEITLIN
21/01/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Tu Bishvat is coming!

In honor of this holiday, on which it’s traditional to eat dried fruit, I decided to invite pastry chef Shlomi Svirski from Kfar Saba to join me for a session in my home.

Wine Talk: First among equals

If the Golan Heights Winery has been at the center of the wine revolution in Israel, then it is Victor Schoenfeld who has been the beating heart of the winery.

Family recipes helped me discover my hidden Sephardi history

I only found out that my family was actually Jewish as a teenager, that all our colorful, fragrant, crunchy dishes were deeply rooted in Judaic culinary traditions from 16th-century Spain.

By ORGE CASTELLANO/JTA
18/01/2021
A HOMEMADE bagel with fresh gravlax from ‘Modern Jewish Baker.’

Holy bagel! It's National Bagel Day!

Those beloved, ringed bread products have their own national holiday, and it gives us a chance to show our appreciation.

Tali Lama - Indian vegan feast prepared in a ghost kitchen

Everything was mildly seasoned with an overall curry flavor, which was fine, although at home we make our curry so hot that after a few mouthfuls you are in a hot sweat.

Nocturno - Dairy food with a twist

COVID-19 has, of course, limited Nocturno to deliveries, but it does those very well, the food arriving well-packaged in paper bags with the Nocturno logo.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
15/01/2021

Benedict - Breakfast chain offers menu with a special item

The chain’s delivery menu is understandably not as extensive as the usual menu, but it introduces a new star among its eight food sections.

By BUZZY GORDON
15/01/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Quick & elegant is the name of the game

This week I have provided you, my readers, with a number of recipes using different colors, cooking methods and textures.

Crave: As close to ‘treif’ as kosher can get

Crave is not cheap, but it seems to have found the sweet spot between fast food and fine dining

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
07/01/2021

Ananda: Joyful, vegan and Indian

With a vegan son and several vegetarian grandchildren, it’s always good to discover yet another vegetarian hot spot – and Ananda certainly qualifies as one.

Reichot VeTeamim: Iraqi traditional cuisine to warm you up

Limor Oren and Oded Shaharabani, a couple in life and owners of the delicatessen, decided to delve into the Iraqi cuisine and offer more than the regular kubbeh.

By JONATHAN GILAD
07/01/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Decorating sourdough bread

My latest quest has been to learn how to make sourdough bread, and now I always keep a bit of sourdough starter in my pantry.

Wine Talk: Tel Aviv's Angels

Milk & Honey Distillery's mission is to bring Israel into the world of whisky.

Israel's best picnic options

You don’t have to worry about grub or a cozy location with these options.

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
07/01/2021

We spent 2020 fighting about food on Twitter. Why?

But is the faceoff really about sour cream and applesauce, or is there more on the line than condiment preferences?

By SHIRA HANAU/JTA
31/12/2020

Israeli hamburger restaurants use innovation in their menus

Distinctive delivery hamburgers from Agadir/Cafe Nelson and Burger King.

By BUZZY GORDON
30/12/2020

Eating kosher Chinese food on Christmas in Jerusalem

The only drawback still is that the restaurant doesn’t deliver to most of Jerusalem.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
30/12/2020

Pascale's kitchen: Warming up the new year

I thought I would suggest that you prepare a few dishes for a festive dinner alongside interesting cocktails for a fresh start.

New 'ghost kitchen' initiatives can help save chefs amid COVID-19

Five restaurateurs join forces in order to overcome coronavirus difficulties

By JONATHAN GILAD
24/12/2020

Minato: Bringing kosher Japanese food to homes amid COVID-19

Based in Herzliya Pituah, the delivery operation reaches as far away as Tel Aviv and Netanya.

What are the best wines to toast the end of 2020?

After a long and challenging year – we really need to start 2021 with a happy pop

By NERIA BARR
24/12/2020

Wine Talk: Good riddance to 2020

Finding the best wines to toast the end of an appalling year.

Pascale’s Kitchen: Piping hot drinks

All it takes is one sip from a glass of this heavenly potion to make you appreciate the wonderful gift of wintertime.

La Forêt Blanche Wine

The wineries of the Negev are uniting into a regional wine club

For the first time ever, multiple wineries within the Negev area will join forces to launch a brand-new trademark.

Italy comes to Israel – virtually

This is the fifth year that Italian Cuisine Week has been held in Israel.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
22/12/2020
Sasha offers picnic baskets for the short-on-time

'Sasha' finds a novel way around corona restrictions: picnic baskets

Deliveries are available in Ra’anana, or the baskets can be collected.

Chicken Skewers

Yehudit: An excellent steak house in Mahaneh Yehuda

Yehudit is Yehudit Yehezkel, who cooks and runs the restaurant along with her son Mor Yehezkel.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
17/12/2020
Ceviche tostadas

Mexican cuisine from El Gato Azul, American soul food from Yo Mama

North American classics to whet the appetite.

By BUZZY GORDON
17/12/2020
Latkes come in many flavors

Pascale's Kitchen: Luscious Latkes

Secrets and techniques for preparing great latkes.

Dotan Greenberg (right), owner of coffee shop 51 in Tel Aviv, visited Ethiopia in search of the perf

Cold-brew coffee beers: a new trend in craft brews with a java jolt

Two Israeli breweries have recently brought out beers fermented with a cold-brew coffee infusion.

By DOUG GREENER
17/12/2020

The easiest Hanukkah jelly doughnut recipe ever

You will need a wooden skewer and a piping bag for this recipe.

By SHANNON SARNA/JTA
11/12/2020

The comforts of winter in the kitchen

If I’m feeling low, I find I am comforted by cooking certain foods from my childhood that seem to have disappeared from our menu.

Pascale's Kitchen: One dough, three dishes

In honor of Hanukkah, each kitchen boasts its own special delicacy, with frying being common among all.

Wine Talk: Celebrating Syrah

Hanukkah is just about the only Jewish festival without an obvious wine connection.

How sufganiot can beat the coronavirus

Defeating 2020’s evil enemy with doughy festival goodness

09/12/2020

Wines and more: Tishbi does takeaway

he veteran establishment is still run by the same family as the original pioneers who started the business more than a century ago.

Decadent delivery and takeaway

Unique sandwiches at Rachel Bashdera, Arab feasts from Samir

By BUZZY GORDON
09/12/2020

Thai food that is very real and very good

A new Thai restaurant operates online for delicious deliveries

By JONATHAN GILAD
09/12/2020

A new immigrant checks out the festival of bites

Thank goodness then that Jewish tradition has blessed us all with sufganiot to enjoy at this time of year.

Your guide to the Festival of Lights

It wouldn’t be a true Jewish celebration without classics like latkes and sufganiyot.

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
03/12/2020

A cacao twist on the holidays

We chatted with the king of chocolate to find out more about his new venture.

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
03/12/2020

Ethnic Diversity Delivered: Restaurant Food To Your Doorstep

Romanian food from Mitch, Indian from Tika Pika

By BUZZY GORDON
03/12/2020

Pascale's Kitchen: Coffee/tea - Worth a cookie

Throughout the year I make it my business to bake cookies.

Social sushi

The Social Club added new and exciting Japanese dishes to their delivery menu

By JONATHAN GILAD
03/12/2020

Rachmo: Almost like a Sephardi grandmother

Rachmo is the oldest restaurant in Jerusalem, and started as a “worker’s restaurant,” offering large portions for hungry workers at lunch.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
03/12/2020

Israeli, American chefs to cook together, collaborate in new web series

The series premiere will be broadcast via Zoom on November 30 at 12:00 EST, and is also accessible through the consulate's Facebook page.

Rosemarine take-out is as enticing as ever

Rosemarine take-out is as enticing as ever

The veteran fish and meat restaurant Rosemarine on Netanya’s boardwalk has switched effortlessly to take-away

Columbus Cafe offers delicious muffins

Columbus Cafe, Erez Coffee Co.: New interpretations to old favorite

The calling cards of Columbus are strong, flavorful coffee and 23 different kinds of muffins.

By BUZZY GORDON
26/11/2020
Izhiman's Coffee and Spices

Meet the coffee roasters who have been grinding for a century

The Izhiman family-operated chain sells tea, nuts, spices, condiments, chocolate and henna from Thailand, Turkey and Egypt, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

By GIL ZOHAR
26/11/2020
Harissa

Pascale's Kitchen: Harissa and other spicy spreads

These days, you can buy jars of harissa in the grocery store in Israel, but it’s not quite the same thing as making it fresh at home.

Kubbeh just like Grandma’s

I used to buy frozen kubbeh, and my husband made a chicken-based broth with tomato paste and some lemon juice, and that was my family’s kubbeh soup for many years. Until last week.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
19/11/2020

Abu Gosh delivered at your doorstep

The fresh hummus of Abu Shukri is packed in a cooler and arrives at your doorstep, ready to take out to a picnic or eat at home with friends.

By NERIA BARR
19/11/2020

Home cooking delivered just in time

Esek Taim (Tasty Business) is a family-run business that belongs to Dana and Ronen Malhan.

By NERIA BARR
19/11/2020

Wine Talk: Women in wine

Today, women abound in Israel's wine industry, but it was not always that way.

Pascale's Kitchen: Italian delicacies

The organizers of the Italian Food Week put together a program of virtual cooking and baking workshops in which participants will learn how to make popular Italian dishes.

Taste Israeli food with Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan reflects on the evolution of Israeli cuisine and shares what’s on her Thanksgiving table this year

Traiteur Gourmet, 26 - The pareve patisserie with an exotic touch

If you feel like a night off from the constant cooking and a light supper that is slightly different, contact Traiteur Gourmet.

Pascale's Kitchen: Wonders of Ethiopian cuisine

I dedicate my column this week to the traditional foods eaten by the Ethiopian Jewish community to celebrate Sigd, as well other dishes that are eaten on a daily basis.

What to cook for an Israeli-inspired Thanksgiving

When Middle East cuisine meets American tradition.

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
12/11/2020

Coronavirus crisis turns food lovers into culinary professionals

"COVID-19 hit and my business tanked. After the first lockdown, I began toying with the idea of starting my own catering business."

By DUDI FATIMER
12/11/2020

McDonald's to introduce plant-based food options to menu in 2021

While the McPlant line has been announced, McDonald's refuses to do the same with regard to its plant-based foods supplier - although many indications hint that it will be Beyond Meat.

Italian Cuisine Week in Israel to take place November 23-26

The workshops will be on pizza, risotto, polenta, bread, wine, olive oil, chocolate and pralines, Nutella-based dishes, Italian ice cream, easy foods that children can help make and more.

Top 10 bread baking tips

Bread is not meant to be eaten alone. Nothing beats breaking bread (not slicing it) with friends or family.

05/11/2020

Unexpected Italian eating

Gourmet Pizza from SuperPizza, panini subs and burgers at Piano Piano

By BUZZY GORDON
05/11/2020

Waffle factory: A dangerous indulgence

I have been really good on my diet in the past few weeks, but Waffle Factory made me throw it all out the window.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
05/11/2020

Thai House delivered, again

Like almost all restaurants, Thai House (Habayit Hatailandi) now concentrates on its delivery menu, and it is better than ever.

By JONATHAN GILAD
05/11/2020

Wine Talk: Wine and War

Wine and War is a film about wine in Lebanon from the Phoenicians until the present day.

Pascale’s Kitchen: Scone stories

Scones are a unique among baked goods.

Latkes

Add some color to your Hanukkah menu with these savory beet latkes

With a nice browned crust, the latkes are delicious served with applesauce or sour cream and chives, and offer a good alternative to hash browns at breakfast or brunch.

By ELISA SPUNGEN BILDNER/JTA
02/11/2020
Fruit and vegetables sit on display at Brixton Market, London, September 27, 2020.

World Vegan Day marks launch of UK's first vegan butchers

Rudy's product range is completely meat free.

By REUTERS
31/10/2020
The taste of Persia

Kfar Saba houses authentic Persian couisine for over 20 years

I am Parsi (Persian),” says Yisrael with a smile, “but I like to give generous portions.”

Pascale Perez-Rubin with pastry chef Moshe Galperin

Pascale’s Kitchen: Multicolored pasta

I recently received a call from pastry chef Moshe Galperin, who asked me if I was interested in hosting one of his pasta-making Zoom workshops in my very own kitchen.

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