The history of Israeli pretzels.

A short history of flat, flavoured pretzels (bagele) in Israel... true story! If you don't understand Hebrew subtitles or (exaggerated?) Yiddish, here's a quick and dirty transcript: The Bagel-Bagel Factory in Poland, 1880 Son: "Father,  mother - I  have an idea! Thin pretzels - in flavours!" Everyone: "What?!" Son: "Yes, with pepper, chedder, spices!" Father:... Continue Reading →

Coming to Israel? Things to do.

Recently wrote up some off-the-top-of-my-head Israel tourism ideas for a friend coming in the summer (with a 6-month-old baby). So, while I'm at it, why not share, right? Short-term rentals There are quite often short-term rentals of apartments in Jerusalem and elsewhere, which is probably a better bet than hotel if you're coming for a... Continue Reading →

פיצונקה would like your attention.

Since moving to this area, we've watched local restaurants come and go. They usually aren't kosher or attention-grabbing enough to get us interested. And the latter is probably mostly why they don't survive. To service (and survive) the Matte Yehuda area, I suppose you have to be pretty damn good, considering you're competing with an... Continue Reading →

New age doughnuts.

Happy Chanukah! The kid-oriented yet historically-fascinating holiday has officially begun tonight, and I wouldn't be honest if I didn't admit I totally didn't get the memo and thought it started tomorrow. Even with the Hebrew dated agenda book I keep.  I did have some clues that Chanukah was quickly approaching though: sales on candles, this... Continue Reading →

American Pie Pizza. Only, not.

American-style pizza of true cheesy quality is not as easy to find around Jerusalem as you'd think. Big Apple Pizza (which just opened a new branch on Ben Zakai, my old hood) has done a good enough job, but they've grown so much you get that American sold-out feeling. If you want a small, colorful... Continue Reading →

So that's what they do with your tonsils…

In case all that talk of crabits made you hungry, how about some tonsil skewers? C'mon, they're a great source of unnecessariness: Courtesy of Tzidkiyahu, a Talpiot Israeli grill joint I still love even if they serve Tonsils for 72 shekels. Unfortunately, I can't remember what the Hebrew side of the menu said.

Tzidkiyahu.

All you can eat salads, falafel and fries. Lots of  meat choices. Fair priced-menu. Tzidkiyahu (סטקיית צדקיהו) is a "steakiya" or grill in Talpiot, Jerusalem, at Yad Haruzim #21.

Not my kind of hot dog.

As we know, there are always going to be some things that get lost in translation. And one of those things will always - always - be the weiner hot dog. Big Willie? Really? That's the kind of hot dog I want to eat at a gas station rest stop on erev Shabbat?

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