Great Israeli Food Creators – Nir Mesika

For the latest in my ongoing series on Great Israeli Food Creators, I’m pleased to spotlight a highly talented chef now engaged in new culinary projects in Israel after making his mark in New York and Italy. Born and raised in Kiryat Motzkin near Haifa in northern Israel, Nir Mesika grew up in a large…

GLF hummus and labaneh make positive impact in Toronto

June 20, 2020 — Today, I have a smile on my face and a feeling of gratitude in my heart.  This after what happened yesterday when, at the encouragement of good friends Odette Levy, Michelle Muscat, Gili Merkur, Rima Biback and Karen Simpson, and with the help of my family,  I created a selection of…

Great Israeli Food Creators – Orly Abu

For the latest in my ongoing series on Great Israeli Food Creators, I’m delighted to feature a chef in Toronto whose culinary work and the setting in which she does it command my respect. Ten years ago, Orly moved to Toronto with her family from Maale Adumim, just outside Jerusalem. Today, she’s the head chef…

Eggplants – In praise of a fruit pretending to be a vegetable

Often misunderstood and under-appreciated by many people, eggplants are a major ingredient in my kitchen. Although prepared as a culinary vegetable, eggplants – contrary to misconception – are technically a fruit, as they grow from a flowering plant and contain seeds. At our Friday night dinners, eggplants are a must dish on our family table….

MEDIA SPOTLIGHT – Paying tribute to Israeli salads

The Nosher, which is a wonderful online culinary publication devoted to Jewish and Israeli food, just published an excellent article about one of the great delights of the Israeli kitchen — salads. See below. When I read the article, it really resonated with me because Israeli salads have such a central place in my culinary…

Great Israeli Food Creators – MIKA NAOR

Great Israeli Food Creators Mika Naor, Founder of Mika Fresh, Toronto For the first in my series on Great Israeli Food Creators, I’m delighted to spotlight a friend of mine from whom I’ve learned a lot about culinary matters. Even better, not only does Mika Naor have a special touch in the kitchen, she also…

For the love of labaneh at this time of year

Israelis don’t need an excuse to eat labaneh. While they savour it in all seasons, it has a pride of place on their tables on Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, meaning it falls between mid-May and mid-June. This year, it begins tomorrow evening. Known…

Hosting Adeena Sussman for an evening devoted to Israeli cuisine

Given my insatiable passion for all things related to Israeli food, I recently had the great pleasure of co-organizing a special culinary evening in Toronto featuring Tel Aviv-based cookbook author and chef Adeena Sussman. A sold-out crowd of 180 people, many of them Israeli-Canadians, attended the event at the Schwartz Reisman Centre as part of…

Savoring Mediterranean-style food in an ideal setting

Israeli food owes some of its popularity abroad to the so-called Mediterranean diet that many people have embraced in recent years for its purported benefits for one’s health and its pleasure of the palate. This dietary pattern is a plant-forward way of eating characterized by a daily intake of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, beans, lentils and…

Fruitful delight in Tel Aviv with a bit of shtick thrown in for good measure

In recent years, Tel Aviv’s restaurants have justly received growing international recognition for their inventive culinary fare. Far from the spotlight are other taste sensations readily available on Israel’s urban streets. In a country where fruit and vegetables are bountiful and part of the national palate, it’s little surprise juice stands are everywhere. If they…