Pastel: The Art of Dining

 

 

The arts complex that houses Israel’s Opera House, the Cameri Theater and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is also home to Pastel, winner of Idea Tops’ 2014 International Space Design Award for the best designed restaurant in the world.

 

Fortunately, the stunning restaurant can rely not only on its impressive décor but also on the artistic creativity of Chef Hillel Tavakuli to attract customers.

 

 

 
 
 

It is not just the kitchen that brims with talent. Pastel recently recruited mixologist Shir Dagan from Aria to revamp its cocktail menu. It is with good reason that the full name of the restaurant is Pastel Brasserie and Bar.  

 


The tempting selection of specialty cocktails features the eponymous Pastel Muse, which combines gin with vermouth, lime juice, tonic water and berries, resulting in a slightly astringent drink that is bracing and refreshing. The intriguing Guatemala Sour, meanwhile, blends quality rum with classic sour mix and orange, for a complex citrusy cocktail that is both sweet and tangy.

 


Another drink with a Latin American pedigree is the Mexicana -- tequila, lime, passion fruit syrup, chili -- an explosion of sweet, sour and spicy in a martini glass. For those who want the experience without the alcohol, Dagan whips up a mean “mocktail” -- berries, pineapple, passion fruit, cucumber and mint -- that is a terrific thirst quencher for Tel Aviv’s hot summer.

 


A meal at Pastel starts with a basket of fresh, whole grain breads, studded with olives or nuts, accompanied by a tomato salsa in olive oil. The salsa is so tasty you have to be careful not to fill up prematurely.

 

 

 
 
 

Our first appetizer was the beetroot gazpacho with smoked labaneh, blue cheese, caramelized hazelnuts and melon balls. Poured tableside by the waitress from a dainty pitcher, this variation on the famous cold soup was a symphony of flavors.  

 


A popular appetizer at Pastel is the chicken liver pâté -- a generous, decadently rich slab of the delicacy atop a toasted brioche. The pâté itself was paired with an intriguing pear chutney, which nicely cut the extreme richness of the star of this dish.

 

Another of Patel’s classic appetizers is the tuna sashimi: slices of the glistening, burgundy-hued fish were draped over pieces of green apple and cucumber (or avocado, when in season), atop a curry vinaigrette. The astoundingly fresh fish melts in the mouth, and the interplay of flavors and textures -- helped along with garnishes of coriander and chili, and the crunch of scattered chopped nuts -- is extraordinary.

 


When the time came for main courses, we discovered that Pastel’s special pasta, formerly kept in reserve for vegetarians, had been deservedly promoted to the printed menu. The mafaldine in cream of pea sauce with broccoli and feta cheese rivals the best pasta course any dedicated Italian restaurant could offer. The wavy ribbon pasta itself is distinctive enough, but the combination of the sauce with the al dente cruciferous vegetable, the salty cheese, toasted pine nuts and gremolata (a pesto-like condiment of lemon zest, garlic and parsley) truly made the dish unforgettable. (It is available also as a vegan option: the kitchen would use olive oil instead of butter and substitute for the cheese.)

 


While Pastel has expanded its vegetarian options, carnivores need not worry: the grilled beef fillet in cream and brandy sauce on a bed of spinach will more than satisfy any steak aficionado. The tender, flavorful fillet is accompanied by superb mashed potatoes, as well as a tower constructed of a bone filled with succulent marrow and crowned with portobello mushrooms.

 


Fish and seafood are more than adequately represented as well. The seafood gnocchi pairs soft pillows of the potato pasta with shrimp, calamari and mussels swimming in a delicious sauce redolent with garlic.

 


Finally, the dessert menu is constantly being tweaked, but Pastel’s signature dessert bears the evocative name “floating islands”, whose exotic components include strawberry sorbet, amarena cherries, caramelized pistachio, soft meringue, kadaif and rose malabi. Once again, there is tableside decanting, this time of the malabi, to create an “island” of multi-layered confection. The kadaif, uniquely shaped in a hoop completes the tableau of a dessert that looks almost too pretty to eat.

 


Chocolate lovers will be delighted with the Ferrero Rocher -- a large candy shell studded with hazelnuts praliné encasing layers of dark chocolate and milk chocolate mousse, with additional hazelnut granite for extra crunch.

 


Pastel Brasserie and Bar

Not kosher

Shaul Hamelekh Blvd. 27, Tel Aviv

Tel. (03) 644-7441

 


Site: http://www.pastel-tlv.com/

 

 Photos Silvia G. Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Festival Between the Vineyards  2016  -Tu B'Av    at Merom Hagalil (  from 18 to 26.8.16)

 

Tu B'Av - a Jewish traditional holiday in which the young Israeli unmarried woman, are dancing in the vineyards, in full moon in order to "Catch" a groom.

There is no better place to celebrate this holiday than Merom Hagalil area. The area offers lovely country side accommodation, located between vineyards with the harvest fragrance, breathtaking scenery along with the Festival "Between the Vineyards" organized by "Merom Hagalil" Regional Council.

 

The Festival will take place between 18 to 26.8.16 celebrating a decade of activates with eight days and nights of various events: Festival Opening night, with the two giant Israeli singers- Shlomi Shabat & Rita-At Ein Hozim forest. A sunrise performance of Miri Mesika overlooking the Sea of ​​Galilee and the Golan Heights at Livnim Amphitheater. Two classics on one stage-Avraham Fried & Yoram Gaon at Ein Hozim. A special show At Amirim village- "G'hbls Reggae from the North Zion". "Peter-Pan" will take the kids and youth, to a magical tour, in the woods with Tinkerbell and friends. Street Fairs, local musical events, tours to wineries and vineyards, Festival special menus in the local restaurants, lots of activities for the family all accompanied with good wine and romance..

 

 

 

For tickets and information please call 04-6919807 & 04-6220066

The Festival website with a full program and options:  www.2beav co.il

On-line ticket purchasing: keshet.smarticket.co.il

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Introduces Its Latest Restaurant and Bar 

 

 The Garden Terrace

 

 

Gourmet Tapas, Cocktails and Cigars - The Garden Terrace Presents New Approach to Relaxation in Jerusalem This Summer

 

 

 

 

(JERUSALEM- July 11, 2016) The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem announces the official opening of its latest culinary offering - The Garden Terrace. 

Located on the roof-top of the historic restored building, The Garden Terrace takes advantage of the cool air of Jerusalem’s evenings while ensuring a sense of quiet seclusion just above the city’s downtown areas.

 

 

Featuring a fully-stocked bar with newly designed cocktail menu and an internationally gathered cigar collection, the menu for The Garden Terrace has been designed by the hotel’s Executive Chef Itzik Barak presenting a wide variety of Mediterranean-inspired tapas dishes. 

 

  Diners are invited to select from a range of dishes - from Veal Spareribs to Fresh Fish Ceviche and Chef Barak’s take on traditional meatballs which are battered in a beer-infused tempura and served with pepper cream.  The all-Kosher menu relies on the freshest ingredients and highest quality meats and fish all available to be combined with fine wines, liquors and drinks mixed to order.

Designing the menu and the overall experience has been a project months in the making with the goal of making The Garden Terrace a sought after location in Jerusalem for the ideal evening of relaxation.

 

 

  

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem has already assumed a reputation as one of the world’s best luxury hotels, including being named as the top hotel in the Middle East by readers of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.  The Garden Terrace is the third restaurant located in the hotel alongside The Palace and The Kings Court, both of which have received acclaim for introducing a new style of dining to Jerusalem. 

 

“The Garden Terrace introduces a new level of culture to the city that puts delicious food and drink at the forefront all presented in a setting that is uniquely Jerusalem,” says Guy Klaiman, General Manager of the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem.  “We look forward to seeing this quickly becoming a landmark to be appreciated by anyone looking for a quality, relaxing and enjoyable evening.”

 

 

 

The Garden Terrace at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is open Sunday-Thursday 6:00  PM to 11:00PM. 

For advance registrations (recommended) please call 02-5423333.

 

 

 

 

 

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July is Chefs and Beer Month at Porter & Sons

 

Porter and Sons, the restaurant whose slogan is Kitchen and Beer, is hosting a special Chefs and Beer festival this month, featuring new dishes created by four guest chefs, with beer pairings specially selected to complement each dish. The restaurant, with 120 kinds of domestic and imported beer on tap and in bottles, has a rich tradition of pairing beers and ale with food.

 

Chefs and Beer month is being held in cooperation with Israel Beer Breweries Ltd Carlsberg, brewer and importer of many of the country’s leading beers and ales. The beer pairings were conceived by IBBL Carlsberg in conjunction with Itai Laifer, manager of Porter and Sons.    

 

The chefs for this event, who represent some of Tel Aviv’s most popular restaurants, are:

 

  • Avivit Priel, of Ouzeria

  • David Almakias, of David and Yossef

  • Orel Kimchi, of Popina

  • Guy Mualem, of Porter and Sons

 

 

 

The dish created by Ms. Priel is lamb tartare with freekeh (green wheat) and Tassos olives, garnished with chili peppers and topped with yogurt dressing. The perfectly seasoned raw lamb is meant to be wrapped in accompanying fresh lettuce leaves. The beer paired with the lamb tartare is Jacobean saaz blonde, a Danish ale.

 

The dish devised by Almakias is a salad of pulled lamb shank with mixed greens, Thai okra, shimeji mushrooms, asparagus and peanuts in a spicy lime vinaigrette. There is a very nice interplay of flavors going on in this dish, reminiscent of a Thai salad, which is well-suited to warm weather. It is paired with Leffe brown, a Belgian dark ale, selected for its full body that stands up to the spiciness of the dish.    

 

The dish from Popina chef Orel Kimchi is smoked asado in a bourbon and beet barbecue sauce, with cornbread. The beef short ribs were cooked sous vide, so they came out tender and flavorful, in a sauce that enhanced the slightly fatty meat without or overwhelming it. The cornbread was also moist, having been soaked in a sauce with a touch of sriracha. The asado is paired with Guinness, for its familiar bold flavor that is strong enough for the pungency of barbecue without adding extra body to the very substantial beef dish.

 

Guy Mualem returns to the kitchen of Porter and Sons to create his mussels in heavy cream with tomatoes, green onions, herbs and Hoegaarden. The mussels, cooked perfectly in the beer and cream sauce seasoned with thyme, tarragon, coriander and mustard, melted in the mouth. This dish is paired with, not surprisingly, Hoegaarden.  According to Laifer, this wheat beer spiced with coriander seeds and peels of Curaçao oranges is ideal for the hot Israeli climate.

 

Porter and Sons’ complimentary house beer bread comes in very handy to mop up the delicious sauce.

 

Dessert continues the beer pairing theme: a wedge of Porter and Sons’ New York cheesecake served with a shot glass of Leffe Ruby, a beer flavored with red berries that evokes the sweetness of the fruit without losing its essence as a beer. A nice extra touch is a scoop of pearls of gelatin flavored with the unique beer.

 

Porter and Sons’ Chefs and Beer dinners are served nightly for the first three weeks of this month, commencing at 19.00. The dinners are a la carte, and course may be combined with items from the regular menu. The beers are available in regular full-sized glasses or special tasting sizes.

 

Porter & Sons

Not kosher

Ha’arba’a Street 14, Tel Aviv

Tel. (03) 624-4355

 

 

 

 

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Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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On Wednesday evening, June 7th, the Embassy of Slovenia in Tel Aviv celebrated 26 years of independence, and 25 years of bilateral relations with Israel. The commemoration was held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The event was timed to coincide with visits by both the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brencic, and a high-level parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly President Dr. Milan Brglez.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump Add a comment

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The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.

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President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

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