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SDM’s ‘Canadian Ginger’ is back, and this time she’s talking Summer

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July 1, 2013
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Photo: Andrea Kuenzig/Laif/Camera Press

Photo: Andrea Kuenzig/Laif/Camera Press

By ‘Canadian Ginger’ (AKA D’vora Charness)

It is officially summer time in Israel!

With the Gay Pride Parade (which was AMAZING for all those who missed it) kicking off summer 2013 a few weeks ago – the weather has gotten hotter, the beaches are packed and people are out and about.

So what is a girl to do in the upcoming summer months?!?

Well luckily for me, Israel turns into a ‘smorgasbord’ of events all over the country during the summer. It is only July and already there has been the Jerusalem Light Festival in the old city as well as the city’s Formula One, the Tel Aviv Wine Festival (So amazing!!) and the Barbara Streisand concerts in both TLV and Eilat. Not to mention the Annual Presidential Conference, which this year celebrated President Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday! I was personally lucky enough to be able to attend the conference where I got the chance to see Former President Bill Clinton receive an award from President Shimon Peres and hear Canada’s Foreign Minister, John Baird.

So what’s next? Besides enjoying the beaches, the sun, and the TLV nightlife (which has finally moved to be outdoors for the summer!) I will be waiting for my family to visit in a couple of weeks, dance my bum off at the Holi Colour Festival next week, the Tel Aviv Water Fight and, of course, working on my tan while waiting for the next event to hit the scene.

Until then, I will be drinking a nice cold Israeli Goldstar Beer pretending for it to be a Molson Canadian Beer in honour of Canada Day!!

SDM’s ‘Canadian Ginger’ tastes Israel with 6 international food blogger

Posted on:
September 7, 2012
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Ginger and Joelen Tan writer of What’s Cooking Chicago

By ‘Canadian Ginger’ (AKA D’vora Charness)

The Taste of Israel culinary journey had its closing ceremony last night after a delicious weeklong tour of Israel. Six food bloggers from around the world were invited to take part in this once in a lifetime experience by 23 students at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, all part of the StandWithUs Fellowship program.

Bloggers experienced Israel like non other by traveling north to south eating and drinking all along the way. Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee were just a few places in which the bloggers wined and dined in some of the most amazing venues within the cities visited.

Students from the IDC had been working for over 6 months to assure that this be a trip unlike any other. The trip was designed and executed solely by the students who were able to take part in every aspect of the trip and bond over food with bloggers who specialize in the field.

A lot of hummus was consumed this past week, but more importantly the bloggers left with a new perspective on Israel and realize the place the small country has in the culinary world.

VIDEO: Leading international Food bloggers heading to Israel

Posted on:
August 30, 2012
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By ‘Canadian Ginger’ (AKA D’vora Charness)

Taste of Israel – Eat.Tweet.Love

Food is an international language. It has the ability to bridge people, places, cultures, religions and ideas. Beginning Sunday, September 2nd, the ‘Canadian Ginger’ and a group of students at the IDC Herzliya, are hosting a week culinary tour of Israel for 6 world acclaimed food bloggers. Israel, over the past decades, has become a culinary pearl because of its rare collection of elasticities creating and overlapping a combination of old-world tastes and modern gourmet, the bloggers will experience the eclectic mix of tastes composing the Israeli kitchen are exposed to the unique experience of seeing Israel through a new prism.

The vision is to entice the appetite of people worldwide to the Israeli palate and to show them the culinary highlights that are so widely available here.

For more information: http://www.tasteisrael.co.il/#!our-project

Our ‘Canadian Ginger’ finds her heros… The Religious Man, The Police officer and the Vending Machine!

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July 24, 2012
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By ‘Canadian Ginger’ (AKA D’vora Charness)

I take the bus everyday to and from work, and I some how always manage to have something fun or strange on each bus ride. Take this morning for example, I was late (as usual) running to the bus which only comes once an hour. I was about to cross the intersection to get to the central bus station however the light was still red. As I was about to cross the religious man on his scooter next to me goes “Metuka (sweety) why are you crossing at the red?” I replied by explaining I was late and my bus was leaving in a minute and I needed to catch get on otherwise I’d have to pay 80 NIS for a taxi! He asked me for my bus number and once I told him he zoomed off and shouted “don’t worry!! I’ll make sure you make it!” once I got to the bus stop there was my superman holding up the bus for me!

I thought to myself “wow this is going to be a great day! What a nice man!”

On the way home I fell asleep on the bus and was awoken by a police officer who was about to get off the bus. Now if you’re approached by a police officer the initial reaction is to panic thinking you’ve done something wrong. However she held up the bus from pulling out of the station so she could wake me up and make sure I didn’t miss my stop! How sweet is that?

But I think la crème de la crème was the bus I was on which had a VENDING MACHINE on it!

Oh Israel always full of adventures!!

Our ‘Canadian Ginger’ is sleepless in Tel Aviv

Posted on:
June 29, 2012
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by ‘Canadian Ginger (AKA D’Vora Charness)

Tel Aviv’s Layla Lavan (White night)!!

Every year Tel Aviv throws what is called the White Night party. As we all know by now, Tel Aviv is always looking for new reasons to party so to kick off the summer the right way, Layla Lavan began last evening and went on till sunrise this morning! The basic idea of the festival is for the streets of Tel Aviv to be packed with people, concerts, dancing, food and of course alcohol!! The night started off with a HUGE silent party at Rabin Square. There was an insane DJ and over 1000 people dancing like crazy to music, which could only be heard by purchasing headsets, which are programed, to the DJ. Picture a mosh-pit of people dancing their bums off to music you can’t hear. The only thing to do after seeing this is to buy a headset and join in!

The night continued by eating shawarma across from the square and purchasing 2 bottles of wine, which we drank while walking down Rothschild Street and listening to all the concerts, that were playing along the street. It was PACKED with people!  Funniest part of the night, being stopped by the police because we were jugging wine straight from the bottles while walking down the street, not because of the open bottles but because he wanted to make sure we were of age. Once we explained that we were all in our mid-twenties he just smiled and said: “have a great night!” Oh wait! Another fun cop story, we went up to one to ask directions in our drunken state, which surprisingly effects my navigation skills… open bottles of wine in tact we asked a cop to direct us somewhere and instead of giving us a fine for drinking in the street, he just politely gave us directions and we were on our way! We then ended up turning down Allenby and walked to the beach where again, bands and stages were set up and music was blasting and people dancing and drinking! The night ended with sitting on the beach smoking Nargila, drinking (duh) and watching the sunrise. Oh and observing the very dedicated fit people of Tel Aviv in their sunrise yoga session. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I was out till 5:30am the night before at Clara and eating at Abulafiya (middle eastern style “pizza pops”) I was way to tired to join in. Oh well! There is always next year!!

The ‘Canadian Ginger’ makes a declaration: IT’S SUMMER IN TEL AVIV

Posted on:
May 23, 2012
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By ‘Canadian Ginger’ (AKA D’vora Charness)

It’s officially summer in Izzy!!!

Want to know why? Besides the beach weather we are having, the good mood everyone seems to be in and the fact school is almost over…the summer clubs are finally opening!!!! One of Tel Aviv’s best summer hot spots opened last week. The Clara was insanely packed Thursday night. The club is all outdoors located on Tel Aviv’s coast, so basically it’s this huge deck overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a stunning place! Who could say no to a party on the beach??

Best part of the night? Running into the water at 330am for a late night swim before eating a falafel. Perfect end to a perfect night!!

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Koifman 1 Boardwalk, Tel Aviv