Lux Haifa – Traditional Local Arabic Food with a Modern Twist

Lux Haifa – Traditional Local Arabic Food with a Modern Twist

A mini-break in Haifa gave me the opportunity to try some of the wonderful local Arabic restaurants that the city has to offer. Those who are familiar with El Marsa in Akko will not be surprised that Chef Alaa Mussa has created a restaurant that combines local, seasonal and traditional Arabic food in a relaxed [...]

Eataliano dalla Costa – Italian Arabic Fusion on the shores of Haifa

Eataliano dalla Costa – Italian Arabic Fusion on the shores of Haifa

Anyone who watched the first season of Game of Chefs in 2014 will remember Chef Hmodi Okala. He may not have won the show but he definitely won the hearts of viewers for being a great contestant and team player. https://www.instagram.com/p/Byai86SHqOv/ Following the success of show, Chef Hmodi followed his dream to open his own [...]

Fresh Food with a Social Cause – Food Time Jerusalem

Fresh Food with a Social Cause – Food Time Jerusalem

Food Time Jerusalem (Mehadrin) is an Italian-style social cafe in conjunction with the Shekel Association, which works to integrate people with disabilities into the labor market. The cafe is located on Yad Harutzim on the ground floor of the Shekel vocational rehabilitation building in Talpiot. Some may remember the cafe as Harutzim, but it recently [...]

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 [...]

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

Update September 2019 - Nir Zook is no longer the chef of the restaurant. 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 [...]