Pancakes for dinner? (restaurant review)

June 30, 2007

Jerusalem Post, Weekend Magazine; June 28, 2007

It's 11:30 a.m., and I figure it's getting a little late for breakfast. But at Benedict in Tel Aviv, the city that never sleeps, it's never too late for breakfast. Or actually, it's never too early for breakfast. "You'll hear 'good morning' here all the time," explained Yair Kindler, co-owner and visionary of Benedict. Six years ago, Kindler thought of this new concept as a business idea: a breakfast restaurant open 24/7. He realized this vision about a half year ago. Loc

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Go, go Gao (restaurant review)

June 14, 2007

Jerusalem Post, Weekend Magazine; June 14, 2007

Meaning "a step forward" in Thai, Gao is a kosher Thai kitchen located on Tel Aviv's Rehov Hahashmonaim. The name struck a chord, owner Amir Adar says, because he sought a "step forward" after he had to close his dairy restaurant in Safed after the Second Lebanon War made business plummet. Gao, however, is a step forward in other ways as well. It offers quality, fresh and authentic kosher Thai cuisine in a very clean, sleek, modern setting. Portraits of Japanese graffiti and

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Combining fact and fiction confuses peace event

June 14, 2007

On June 5, the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, two years after standing side-by-side with friends in Gush Katif in an attempt to ward off the evacuation of Gaza, I attended an Israeli-Palestinian peace event marking "40 years of war and occupation" at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque. I have not converted to the left; I applaud the achievements of the Six-Day War, yet I cannot deny that the situation in the West Bank - Judea and Samaria - the territories, is a tragedy for both Israelis and Palestinians. Palestinians live in a virtual cage, and Israeli soldiers spend the best years of their lives

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History and Trends Blend in Jerusalem

June 7, 2007

The only completed portion is a small section of the outdoor mall, but among its anticipated 138 stores are Israeli fashion chains and boutique shops, as well as high-end retail outfits like Tommy Hilfiger, MAC, Bebe, H. Stern and Ralph Lauren. To use a Los Angeles analogy, it may be fair to say that the Holy City has just welcomed its equivalent of The Grove. Unlike The Grove, however, the Mamilla Alrov Quarter need not create artificial facades to evoke a historical texture. Built on the historic Rehov Mamilla, the quarter has been a restoration project as much as an effort in capitalism.

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Pride and Politics

June 3, 2007

Readers of Emuna Elon's columns in Ma'ariv and Yediot Aharonot over the past 15 years might find her debut novel, If You Awaken Love, a striking, unlikely diversion from her political crusading. In her novel, political rhetoric is cooled and sympathies are spread over the political Left and Right alike. If You Awaken Love is not a morality tale, but a love story, or rather, an unrequited love story. The heroine, Shlomtzion, is not a settler, but part of the Yeshivat Merkaz Harav milieu in the 1970s, the hothouse for the growing religious-Zionist movement after the S

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Rita, Israel’s reigning diva, plays intimate evening in L.A.

May 31, 2007

Only Rita could have pulled it off. Her famous "One" concert was the first time any Israeli recording artist has attempted such an extravagant, multimedia performance. With its crew of 50 tumbling dancers, grandiose costumes, pyrotechnics and video art, the $5 million production looked like it came right off the Las Vegas Strip. Rita Last summer's show at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center, which took its inspiration from Céline Dion's year-round Caesar's Pa

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