Posted 04 August 2003 - 04:57 PM
Posted 09 August 2003 - 11:46 AM
Forgive our Hebrew, as all the names and street names may sound "different". (If you wish, when you arrive I'm willing to talk with you over the phone and give you the exact pronunciation, and further tips…)
* Rachel's Sandwich, 17 Beyt Lehem Rd, (Tel. 02-6713918) is a small place, home cooking style with Tunisian flair.
* Azura 8 Mahne Yehuda, (02-6235204) a Kurd /Iraqi place in the middle of the market, where all the cooking is slowly taking place over wick-stove.
* 2 famous Hummus places:
a) Pinnati, 13 King George St. (02-6254540)
b) T'aami, 3 Shammay St.
* Shalom Falafel, 34 Betzalel St, (02-6231436) I guess is a "hole in the wall" where you'll get the Falafel and salads in a local "wrap" that in Jerusalem is known as Ash-Tanour, and in the rest of Israel as Lafa or Iraqi Pita.
All those places do not require reservations, and are in the west city.
If you'd like some 'higher end' places, just say so.
(Let me know if you have plans to go to the old city, if so, there you can find better places for Hummus, I hold a Hummus Guide book, published in Israel, that gives marks (stars) to Hummus places)
If you decide to travel outside of Jerusalem, I'll be happy to give you some great places in the Judea Mountains, (Food, Cheese and Wine) most of them I've recently visited.
Posted 10 August 2003 - 02:10 PM
All the places require meeting arrangement before arrival.
(Some googling will surely provide more data in English)
1. Rama's Kitchen in Nataf , (02-5700954) is a Mediterranean kitchen built around a Taboon (kind of local Avon) with one of the most beautiful views in Israel. Rama's site is only in hebrew (www.ramak.co.il)
2. On the same road (the continuation of # 425) about 2 miles before Nataf there is a little dirt road leading to Himelfarb Farm, Har Harouach (Wind mountain), (02-5345660, 054-663353)based on their own goat milk they make some fresh cheese, and our favorite goat yogurt.
3. Road # 386 from Jerusalem will get you to Sataf, where Shai Zeltzer is making his cheese. (02-5333748, 052-603762) He is the founder (and probably the leader) of the "boutique" cheese makers in Israel.
4. Castel Winery, in Ramat Raziel, on road # 395, (02-5342249) is the top Israeli boutique winery and got some international reviews. It is a beautiful place and they make great wine. www.castel.co.il
Posted 10 October 2003 - 07:46 AM
I am returning to Israel from the US after 14 years as a pastry chef.
Do you know how do I start finding a pastry chef/baker jobs in Merkaz Haaretz?
I am going to live near Rishon Lezion.
Any help would be appreciated
Posted 10 October 2003 - 12:26 PM
The scene in the pastry chef/baker field has changed for the best.
There are lots of specialized bakeries in the centre of Israel, with high quality:
R-café (patiss-art), Lehem Erez, (both have few locations) Eran Burkin, (Hedera) Lehamim (Tel Aviv) Lehem Haaratez (Tel Aviv) Dominick (Ramat Gan) are just a few that weren't here 14 years ago.
If you wish I can find all the phone numbers (I'm not sure who has a site).
There are lots of restaurants that use pastry chefs nowadays.
I know most of the restaurants as a good customer. (I can tip you which are good and who's their owner/chef.)
Posted 11 October 2003 - 03:45 PM
Thanks for the info.
I am going to be in Israel on the 23rd of Oct. I am a graduate of Le Cordon Blue as Pattisier Superiour (finished with honors-distinction or as the French calls it Mention Bian)
If you don't mind lets talk when I'll be in Israel.
You can e-mail me your phone number at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and TIA