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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

Attention all Coffee Addicts!

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July 14, 2014
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Imagine a world with all-you-can-drink coffee… perfection, is it not?

Israeli start-up “Cups” is expanding its virtually unlimited coffee supply to New York. Now, with only the flash of an app, individuals can enjoy an abundance of coffee.

The app works where addicts pay a fixed rate of $45 dollars a month to receive a coffee of their choice at participating shops every half hour. A cheaper option, for the less addicted, is a rate of $27 dollars a month for one coffee per day. Ceo Alon Ezer told  that 55 coffee shops are currently participating in the all-you-can-drink movement. We can only hope that in the near future, Starbucks joins the scheme too.

For more on the brilliant Cups app, check out the tutorial below:

Tel Aviv’s ‘Golden Mile’ – Playground for the Rich

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July 14, 2014
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Israel’s most expensive real estate deals can be found on a small strip of land: International media has nicknamed Tel Aviv Promenade ‘the Golden Mile’ due to the millions that oligarchs are paying for luxury apartments with sea views. Just like Monaco and the French Riviera, NIS100,000 per square meter is considered a reasonable price. Here’s a glimpse.

It’s just a one mile-long strip of land, stretching along Herbert Samuel St. in Tel Aviv from the Dan Hotel to the David Intercontinental Hotel. But this mile-long piece of land, almost on the beach itself, is currently home to a number of Israel’s most luxurious real estate projects, currently in advanced phases of construction. A recent CNN article dubbed this area, located between Jaffa to the south and Yarkon St. and the Tel Aviv Port to the north, “the Golden Mile” for real estate.
“The coastline in almost every developed country has advantages and is associated with wealth,” says Noam Dzialdow, CEO of Neot Shiran, a high-end real estate company, about the growth in real estate along Tel Aviv’s coast. “Tel Aviv is becoming more and more of an international city and just like the interest in real estate in places like the French Riviera, Monaco and the Italian Riviera, foreign residents are showing interest in the Tel Aviv coastline.”


New luxury buildings on Tel Aviv promenade (Photo: Yaron Brenner)
New luxury buildings on Tel Aviv promenade (Photo: Yaron Brenner)

Just to understand the comparison Dzialdow is making – in Monaco, a 310 square meter, 4-room apartment overlooking the sea can cost investors €21.9 million, and a 220 square meter apartment can run €8.5 million. On the French Riviera, a 280 square meter, 5-room apartment may cost €12.7 million.

Dzialdow explains the multitude of projects on Tel Aviv’s coast is due to vacant land available for building, while in north Tel Aviv no land is available at the moment. “Until the Sde Dov airport is moved there won’t be any vacant land in the city’s north for new real estate with a sea-view,” says Ohad Dannus, head of the Israel Real Estate Appraisers Association, “but for foreign residents it doesn’t really matter, so long as they have money to spend – and every real estate project immediately sets record prices. The real estate market on the promenade seems to be influenced more by what is happening in the world than what is happening in the city itself.”


Future Hebert Samuel 10 on Tel Aviv promenade (Photo: Ofer Investments)
Future Hebert Samuel 10 on Tel Aviv promenade (Photo: Ofer Investments)


Most area real-estate developers estimate that the construction on the majority of projects will be completed within three years. According to Dzialdow, however, the developers are struggling to get the necessary building permits from the Tel Aviv municipality and, in the meantime, are selling apartments on paper. “It’s hard to get the permits and it takes a long time,” he says, “Construction on Herbert Samuel will come in dribs and drabs – every three-four years a new tower will go up.”


Herbert Samuel on Tel Aviv beachfront (Photo: Yaron Brenner)
Herbert Samuel on Tel Aviv beachfront (Photo: Yaron Brenner)


So, which projects can we see on the Golden Mile? Among the better-known projects is “10 Herbert Samuel” by Ofer Investments, owned by the Ofer Brothers Group, which should be completed next year. In 2013, Liora Ofer, the controlling shareholder, sold one of the project’s mini-penthouses for NIS 47 million to businessman Gaby (Gabriel) Taman, at a price of 100,000 NIS per square meter; a few months ago, a penthouse in the same project sold for no less than NIS 120 million, or NIS 140,000 per square meter, to Canadian real estate mogul Sylvan Adams.

This year, the “David Promenade Towers” project, located between Herbert Samuel St. and Yarkon St. sold a 600 square meter apartment for NIS 81.5 million, or NIS 120-130,000 per square meter. Another new real estate project in the Herbert Samuel-Yarkon area, which has been inhabited for a year, is “Sea One.” Four years ago, its penthouse sold for NIS 110 million, or about NIS 100,000 per square meter.


Bike lane on renovated Tel Aviv promenade (Photo: Yaron Brenner)
Bike lane on renovated Tel Aviv promenade (Photo: Yaron Brenner)


“For apartments with a sea view, we’re talking about prices of NIS 100,000 per square meter, or about NIS 10 million for an apartment that’s only 100 square meters,” agrees Samuel Van Kote, a broker with Neot Shiran. According Dannus, this price is reasonably for the area. “You have to understand that the biggest bubble of all is here. It’s an unparalleled real estate gem, so people are willing to pay top dollar for real estate here – even though it’s not clear that prices will rise in the future. Even so, they will retain their high value relative to other projects in Tel Aviv.”

The vast majority of those interested in luxury apartments on the Golden Mile are foreign residents and businesspeople who see the enormous advantage of being in close proximity to the hotels. Those buying the apartments come from France, Britain, Belgium, South Africa, and the United States and there are also quite a few Israelis from the high-tech industry. “Seventy-five percent of the buyers in these projects are foreign residents, some of them live permanently in Israel and some of them visit. These are the people who believe in long-term real estate investments in Israel. Furthermore, we are talking about people who do business in Israel – this is an area that is sought after for business deals,” says Dzialdow.


GI Joe and Barbie, meet Menachem Begin and Golda Meir

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July 4, 2014
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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

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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

Tony Bennett to Perform in Israel

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July 2, 2014
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Veteran American singer to give one concert in Tel Aviv on September 14.

After a 60-year musical career, Tony Bennett is finally coming to Israel. The 88-year-old American singer, known for his deep baritone voice, will give one show at Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium on September 14.

Ticket prices begin at NIS 209 (about $61), depending on the seat’s location.

Bennett’s collaboration with Amy Winehouse

Bennett, who has won 17 Grammy awards and received numerous tributes for his work, has had some unforgettable collaborations with artists like Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Amy WinehouseLady Gaga, Norah Jones and others.

In 2011, he celebrated his 85th birthday and released the album “Duets II,” making history as the oldest living artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100.

Bennett will arrive in Israel with his eternal hits, including “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Because of You” and “Rags to Riches.”