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.

Pascale's Kitchen: Savory delicacies

Delicacies can be separated into two categories: sweet and savory.

Wine Talk: Festival in white

Not every wine goes with every cheese. Many wines just do not taste good with the wrong cheeses.

Streusel coffee cake

This Hungarian coffee cake is even better than babka

Monkey bread is a yeasted cake with origins in the Hungarian Jewish community that came to the United States.

By JOE BAUR/JTA
05/05/2021

Tzidkiyahu: Meat, salads better than ever

The new restaurant is fancier, with the tables spaced further apart, and booths as well as tables. There are hanging lights and a refrigerator for aging steaks.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
30/04/2021

Yarden and Oshry’s Kiosk & Co.: A fine-dining restaurant in disguise

As endearing as the chemistry between the actress and [film school graduate turned] chef was on television, it is even more captivating in person.

By BUZZY GORDON
29/04/2021

Sushi for everyone: River opens 14th restaurant in Herzliya Pituah

I have no doubt that in time, River in Herzliya Pituah will be as popular as all the other branches in the chain.

In the kitchen with Henny: Low-fat recipes

Here are some low-fat, healthy yet appetizing options that are great for a BBQ or picnic.

By HENNY SHOR
29/04/2021
Matbucha

How to make matbucha, a delicious North African tomato and pepper dip

Matbucha has the consistency of a dip or spread, and it is commonly served with first-course salads (salatim) at the start of Middle Eastern and North African meals.

By SONYA SANFORD/JTA
29/04/2021

The ‘baroque beers’ of Beerateinu, the Jerusalem Beer Center

These beers sell out very quickly, but there are a few that are still on sale which will blow away any preconceptions you have of what beer should be.

By DOUG GREENER
28/04/2021

Have your veggies and eat schnitzel too: Bio Meat Foodtech makes 'chicken'

"Rilbite is creating lines of products that are the new and advanced generation of plant-based meat replacements," said Bio Meat Foodtech CEO Jil Gamon.

Limousine - Ranch-to-table carnivore heaven

The restaurant is situated overlooking the beautiful Jezreel Valley

By BUZZY GORDON
22/04/2021

Whiskey Bar & Museum provides an evening of fine food

The historic site was taken over by six enterprising businessmen and turned into a kosher restaurant and a whiskey museum containing over 1,300 bottles of the hard stuff.

Ramadan goes Italian: Palestinian chef brings twist to original recipes

Palestinian chef Fidaa Abu Hamdiya has taken the traditional holiday dish and given it a creative Italian twist.

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
22/04/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Cookies from the olden days

The cookie jars sitting on my kitchen counter are always full, but I think to fill them with these old-style cookies only when the holidays roll around.

Israel's Saffron Tech names award-winning chef Kiko Moya brand ambassador

In his new capacity, Moya will promote Saffron Tech across social media and introduce saffron produced through vertical farming methods to chefs worldwide.

Rocco's: A taste of Little Italy in Sarona

Rocco’s Italian-American heroes by Yogev Yehros is the market’s latest hit

By BUZZY GORDON
15/04/2021

Pascale's Kitchen: Quick & easy Shabbat lunch

Below you’ll find three recipes that when put together make a wonderful Shabbat lunch meal.

Food pyramid procures universal eco-friendly non-vegan diet

A new food pyramid created by the Barilla Foundation and the University of Naples has created an eco-friendly adaptable diet that can be used in seven different regions of the world.

Satisfying complete vegan meals and more from Gingeat and Vegan Supplies

Very few of the items sold here are to be found even in health food stores, and virtually none in supermarkets.

By BUZZY GORDON
12/04/2021

Armani/Kaf: A luxury kosher experience in Dubai

The restaurant is certified by the Emirates Agency for Kosher Certification under the supervision of Rabbi Levi Duchman.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
11/04/2021

Food Review: Prohibition Pickle

Chef Chaim Davids shares his tumultuous journey to the forefront of Israel’s Ashekenazi soul food revival.

By JESSICA LEVINE KUPFERBERG
08/04/2021

Jerusalem eats: Best Burgers in the holy city

In recent years, the local market for great burgers has really opened up, and there are so many great options, especially around the Mahaneh Yehuda shuk.

08/04/2021

Pascale’s Kitchen: Roasted peppers on sourdough bread

I usually end up buying a big bag of each kind of pepper and then going home and pickling them all so that my pantry will be stocked with a large variety of flavors and colors to choose from as an addition to meals.

Israeli restaurant Dagon rated best in NYC, despite pandemic hurdles

The restaurant has been noted for offering the staples of Israeli cuisine as well as interesting twists on Ashkenazi and Sephardic food.

Osem's new Bamba production factory in Kiryat Gat (Credit: PR)

Favorite Israeli snack Bamba teams up with the New York Mets

The snack comes in a wide variety of flavors as well, and has even been credited in a 2008 study for lower rates of peanut allergies in Israel

Pascale’s Kitchen: Mimouna treats by Yossi Azulay

The most well-known specialty found at Mimouna are muflettas.

Gourmet deli Hamezaveh recruits celebrity chef Yossi Shitrit

The kosher chain is likely under most people’s radar, because it is situated a bit removed from the largest metropolitan areas.

By BUZZY GORDON
01/04/2021

Spring is here and it's time for beer: Three recent Israeli IPAs

Three of our Israeli craft breweries have chosen to bring out India pale ales that are perfect for the season.

By DOUG GREENER
01/04/2021

How much meat, fish and eggs do Israelis consume during Passover?

The Agriculture Ministry also reported it is likely that the Corona crisis has affected our food and consumption preferences.

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen debuts his first cookbook and breaks the internet

Cohen is preparing for Passover by discussing how his book came to be, his journey to the top of food culture, as well as what his favorite foods are for the Festival of Matzah.

By JOSEPH WOLKIN
26/03/2021

Jake Cohen debuts his first cookbook and breaks the internet

Cohen is preparing for Passover by discussing how his book came to be, his journey to the top of food culture, as well as what his favorite foods are for the Festival of Matzah.

By JOSEPH WOLKIN
26/03/2021

Passover: Kosher Emirati fusion recipes for the Seder

On all other years Jews in Dubai celebrated family Seders at home, but this year the holiday will be celebrated in luxurious surroundings with community and tourists.

By MEDIA LINE
26/03/2021

Restaurant review: Savory Meat Skewers and Hamburgers at Shapeduni

The chef is Elad Cohen who has worked in dozens of restaurants in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. I asked him to choose my meal for me from the extensive menu.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
25/03/2021

Meat pies: Justin's Pies are thin on crust, big on meat

Meat pies are the quintessential complete food. You eat a meat pie and you are eating a balanced meal of protein, carbohydrate and vegetables in one neat and tasty package.

Pascale's Kitchen: Seder Night

This year I have prepared for you a nice assortment of dishes that are traditionally prepared for Seder night. As the first night of Passover is one of the most important events in the Jewish calendar, it is common to invest great time and effort in preparing tasty traditional dishes for this special evening.

Kosher Ismi Knaffeh opens first branch in Ra'anana

The signature Ismi Knaffeh (NIS 30, or NIS 75 for family-sized) really hits the spot.

By BUZZY GORDON
22/03/2021

Award-winning burgers are served up in Tel Aviv’s Vitrina

Vitrina serves no desserts, but sells three exotically flavored lemonades crafted in-house.

By BUZZY GORDON
18/03/2021

Passover: The best wines to buy for the holiday

As we cautiously return to some sort of normalcy, there’s no better way to celebrate this year’s holiday of freedom than to raise our glasses with family and friends on the eve of Passover.

By NERIA BARR
18/03/2021

Pascale’s Kitchen: Lebanese cuisine

You can imagine how excited I was when Farah agreed to come all the way from Kiryat Shmona to spend the day with me in my kitchen.

Eisenberg’s deli, NYC institution since 1929, closes indefinitely

New York magazine said that Eisenberg’s motto used to be “raising New York’s cholesterol since 1929.” In addition to the now rare egg cream, the deli also sold Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
13/03/2021

In the kitchen with Henny: Passover recipes

With Passover around the corner, here are some recipes you can use on the holiday that are easy to make and surprisingly tasty.

By HENNY SHOR
11/03/2021

Wine Talk: Turning a hobby into a profession

Winemaking was a mainstay of the economy thousands of years ago, and Shiloh Winery renewed the tradition of winemaking in the same place, in our days.

NY Jewish delis kibitz, cajole and strategize through the crisis

The strategies they have initiated during the pandemic include beefed-up websites, designer distribution platforms and private labeling

By MARIA LISELLA
10/03/2021

Holy Bagel to the rescue

The bagels come in a variety of forms – poppy seed, sesame, whole meal, and are as good and fresh as one might expect. Little packets of butter are provided, too.

Pastatria: Worth every calorie

Until corona hit, Pastratia sold only to restaurants. Now it delivers to most of Israel, from Beersheba in the South to Haifa in the North.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
10/03/2021

Chef to Table: Restaurant dishes from stove to table

Enjoy cooking gourmet dishes with all-inclusive kits from Chef to Table

By BUZZY GORDON
10/03/2021

Tel Aviv Thai options? Nadav veDaniel and Thai Chu bring Siam here

A new model of entry into the culinary scene

By BUZZY GORDON
04/03/2021

Munch with Meds: Eating from Daniel Mednick's home catering

Even he was surprised by the speed with which his new project caught on with fellow citizens in Ramat Poleg and beyond.

Pascale's Kitchen: Food kids love

Three recipes that can be used together in the same meal, or prepared on their own with other dishes.

Amid coronavirus, Israelis open small home-based food businesses

Another new wrinkle on the Israeli food scene is the dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Israelis who have opened small, home-based food businesses, selling a specialized selection of prepared foods

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
03/03/2021

Worldwide food shortage solved with giant lab-made hamantashen

Purim parody: If successful, Sweet Jews plans to release other products along the same line, such as Forever Matza and Big-as-a-House Sufganiyot.

By HA HA HA-LEVY
26/02/2021
Sweet challah with seeds

Pascale’s Kitchen: Purim challah

Each Jewish holiday has its own special type of challah to distinguish it from traditional challot that are prepared for Shabbat.

Cocktail (Illustrative)

Purim l’chaim! Celebrate the mitzvah of drinking with holiday cocktails

The Book of Esther involves parties. A lot of parties.

By JONATHAN FELDSTEIN
25/02/2021
Gregory Abou: Video work 'Blending into the environment'

Challa sandwiches worth filling up on

"Why can't people have these sandwiches every day?"

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
24/02/2021
Gregory Abou: Video work 'Blending into the environment'

Ra'anana anglo supermarket serves goods hot and fresh

Established nearly 20 years ago as Pieland, the original owners offered high-quality meat pies which became an instant hit among Ra’anana’s Anglo community.

'On Mondays We Eat Local’ aids NY kosher eateries

Henry Simchi, the longtime manager of Kasbah Grill on West 85th Street, reports, “I didn’t know how to say thank you! We were struggling, and this income helps keep us going.”

By HOWARD BLAS
20/02/2021
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
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