Valero – a fun Jerusalem kosher dining experience

Valero – a fun Jerusalem kosher dining experience

The Jerusalem shuk area may offer predominantly street-food restaurants, but there are a few more formal restaurants which offer fine/fun dining, including Valero. The restaurant on the corner of Agripas and Beit Yaakov opened a few years ago and the owners invited me to try a new menu. I have been to Valero a few [...]

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A Quick Break in Akko

A Quick Break in Akko

Whenever I have the opportunity to take a few days off work, I try to explore an area of the country I don’t know so well. In the past few years, I have made several trips to the Galil and Golan and spent a long weekend in Haifa (read more here), but I haven’t been [...]

A Unique Friday Brunch Overlooking the Jerusalem Forest

A Unique Friday Brunch Overlooking the Jerusalem Forest

Much as I love having brunch in a nice café or hotel, Friday brunch at Atalya in Ein Kerem takes things to a whole new level. Atalya Ein Mor hosts her unique Friday brunch from her family home, high up on the hills of Ein Kerem, with breathtaking views of the Judean Hills, the Beit [...]

Mapu By Chef Nir Zook – Kosher Food With a Middle Eastern Flare

Mapu By Chef Nir Zook – Kosher Food With a Middle Eastern Flare

At first glance, Mapu is just like any other restaurant in a hotel lobby but once you scratch the surface, you revel so much more. Mapu is Chef Nir Zook’s only kosher restaurant, which opened two years ago when the Prima City Hotel was refurbished.  The menu at Mapu offers a mixture of tempting dishes with [...]

Reubens, London – so much more than just a sandwich

Reubens, London – so much more than just a sandwich

Update:  Reubens reopened in August 2019 under new ownership. The review below is based on the previous owners who ran the restaurant for 37 years until May 2019 when one of the owners died and the rest of the family closed the restarant. For most Americans, the name Reuben is synonymous with an American grilled [...]

02 Upbeat Jerusalem Cuisine at the Inbal Hotel

02 Upbeat Jerusalem Cuisine at the Inbal Hotel

I hope you will indulge me with a short trip down memory lane before we get to the good stuff about the food! Even though I only moved to Israel in 2008, I was very fortunate to spend numerous family vacations here and the majority of those were in Jerusalem, staying at the Inbal Hotel (formerly the Laromme). [...]

Wondrous Treats at Waffle Factory

Wondrous Treats at Waffle Factory

Who better to help me review Waffle Factory in Cinema City than my niece and nephew, who are both pretty adventurous eaters and discerning customers? Before we could even look at the rest of the menu, their big eyes were immediately drawn to the “Create Your Own Milkshake” (NIS 38) section of the menu. He went [...]