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Summer Flavours

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July 22, 2014
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Beach bod season is here, but that doesn’t mean we have to deprive ourselves of delicious tasting food. Especially when the Tel Aviv Foodie Guide Summer 2014 has tons of tastes to offer and the best places to find them.

The Tel Aviv Foodie Guide Summer 2014 is a research destination created by foodies for foodies: “We scoured the city long and hard, bite after bite, to compile a list of our most favorite restaurants. With a max of four restaurants per category, you can’t.. no.. you won’t go wrong when you choose one. So before you travel, leave the researching to us and go eat. Great food. We’re starting with Tel Aviv, the city where we live and eat,” said the foodies. Correction, Israelis live TO eat.

So why wouldn’t you take advantage of this tasty guide and indulge in all your favourite foods?! After all, what’s summer without good food, drinks, and company.

Happy eating!




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Tel Aviv Foodie Guide Summer 2014

Hilton opens Waldorf Astoria in Jerusalem

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July 15, 2014
Blog, Economy, Tourism
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Worldwide hotel chain opens famous luxury brand in Israeli capital as market recovers.


The luxury hotel sector has almost recovered to the level it was at before the global financial crisis, said Hilton Worldwide’s global head of luxury and lifestyle brands, which include Conrad and Waldorf Astoria.

John Vanderslice, in Jerusalem to mark the opening of a $150 million Waldorf Astoria, said banks are again showing interest in financing high-end hotels.

“Occupancies are back. Rates are back as well. Almost to that (pre-crisis) level,” Vanderslice said of the luxury hotel sector in an interview with Reuters.

He said that after a slow period, “banks are more interested in hotels, especially at the higher end now”.

The Middle East was one of the strong markets for Hilton’s luxury brands during the economic slowdown, Vanderslice said, benefiting from an increase in airline routes and a shift in travel patterns from North African countries affected by the Arab Spring unrest to the Middle East.

The main investor in the Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria, which took six years to build, is the family of Paul Reichmann, a top commercial real estate developer from Canada who died last year.

It was built on the site of the Palace hotel, a few hundred yards (meters) from the walled Old City.

One of its notable features is a retractable glass ceiling above the atrium lobby that allows the hotel’s Jewish guests to observe the autumn Sukkot holiday when meals are meant to be eaten beneath a open roof where the sky can be seen.

Tourism, which currently accounts for 3 percent of the economy, has dipped during periods of geopolitical instability. Vanderslice said he was not worried about possible lulls in occupancy.

“We’re a global company. We see things up and down,” he said. “It always comes back and experiences may change a little bit, but at the end of the day it will recover and be very strong.”

Hilton has 28 new hotels in the pipeline for Waldorf Astoria and Conrad, and the company plans to unveil a new brand.

“We’ll have news for the market before the end of the year on a new brand in the lifestyle space,” Vanderslice said, but gave no other details.


A Day With Vanessa Williams in Jerusalem

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July 10, 2014
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Join SDM, as we spend a day in Jerusalem with the ever-so-fabulous american singer, actress, and producer, Vanessa Williams.

Jerusalem bagel. Now we’re talking! 7 sheckels#IsraelTourism #amvoicesinisrael #oldcity


Rolling along… day 1 in #Jerusalem #IsraelTourism


Wall art #Color #israeltourism #amvoicesinisrael#MahaneYehudaMarket


Rustic Beauty #oldcity #Jerusalem #israeltourism#amvoicesinisrael


GI Joe and Barbie, meet Menachem Begin and Golda Meir

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July 4, 2014
Culture, Tourism
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You can now own a piece of history. Asaf Harari, an Israeli graphic designer from Yavne, has designed action figures of famous Israelis throughout time.

Included in his new series are Moshe Dayan, David Ben-Gurion, Theodor Herzl, Golda Meir, and Menachem Begin.

According to Piece of History‘s site,

Established in 2009, Piece of History is proud to be Israel’s first design studio focused on creating conceptual, history-oriented, art-toys, prints, t-shirts and more. We are based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and employ a crew of passionate designers motivated by their love of history and art.

Read more at JPost.com.


Tel Aviv’s Best Cultural Restaurants

Posted on:
July 3, 2014
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For those of you who are feeling on the wild side of things and have a taste for new adventures, this post is for you.

All thanks to The Culture Trip, SDM is covering the best cultural restaurants in Tel Aviv. We are talking the best hummus and shakshuka in town. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

Hatraklin Bistro

It’s true that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, especially when it comes to Hatraklin Bistro. The exterior of the restaurant appears to be old and unnoticeable, while the interior reflects quite oppositely with its warm and decorative look. For meat lovers, this is the place to unwind with a glass of wine and enjoy your favourite piece (or pieces) of meat.



Abu Hasan

If you are a hummus fanatic (as you should be), Abu Hasan is the number one place to get your fix.



Eden Bistro

Looking for a fresh bite? Eden Bistro is known for serving the best Israeli produce that comes straight from the market.



Popina, or in other words, poppy, is a symbol of connected cultures and also reflects the type of fusion cuisine they serve in this hip modern restaurant.



Café 48

Don’t be mistaken by its misleading name! This restaurant incorporates old recipes that have been revived with an Israeli spin on them. For example, chicken hearts and tongues (mmm appetizing). But the best part of the service, is the delicious pie served at the end of the meal. Talk about a cherry on top.



For more of these mouthwatering restaurants click here: theculturetrip

A Travel Necessity

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July 2, 2014
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Whether you’re a good traveler or not, Israeli- designed “B Tourist” is a must-have for long irritating flights.

Forget your nosy neighbour, the screaming baby behind you, and open window shining in front you, because B- Tourist has got your first class ticket with just a stretchy band. The B-tourist is made of a flexible fabric that fits over the upper section of plane chairs. Individuals can use it as a headrest, privacy shade, and shield… from the coughing and sneezing travellers on the plane (gross). Idan Noyberg, a developer of the product, explains: “We found that we can create a super sterile private space by covering a very small area around the passenger”.

So the next time your planning on travelling, and at a small expense, bring the B-Tourist for a first class experience while your stuck in the gross, claustrophobic, loud, and irritating business section.