Tel Aviv is divided into 9 districts that have formed naturally over the city’s history. The oldest of these is Jaffa, the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv grew. There’s much to write about Jaffa, I’d talk about the flea-market or the ancient city but let’s focus on the port today. The Old Port of Jaffa is reputed to be one of the oldest ports in the world, notably being the port from which Jonah set off in the famous Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. Its long and fascinating history as strategic port in the Eastern Mediterranean continued until only recently when new ports were built south of Tel Aviv in Ashdod and north in Haifa, to cater for modern-day shipping methods. Still functional as a small fishing port, the port is currently a recreational zone featuring many restaurants and cafes with lots cultural and artistic activities.
One of my favorite spots in the Namal (port in Hebrew) is called The Container. The Container is an industrial warehouse from the 1920s that has been converted into an art project space, bar and restaurant, located on the waterfront. The NY times recently wrote: “The space fuses Red Hook grit with Levantine glam, incorporating a sweeping, 45-seat horseshoe-shaped bar under a warehouse-high ceiling that affords nice views of both the oversize wood oven in the open kitchen and the rotating exhibits on the walls. Adding to the mix is a three-times-a-week D.J. set.” And live gigs:
As my brother is coming to visit Tel Aviv again, we set up a little concert there. On Friday July 6th at 10PM, N8n will perform with his Israeli band led by drummer Ori Raz for another night of good vibes by the water, some good old funk and some new ‘raw’ material. People are advised to reserve tables, entrance is free. Join us!
More info: http://www.namalyafo.co.il/ – http://www.container.org.il/ 03- 683 63 21
Jaffa Port – photo credit Dani Jordan
The Container by night – photo credit The Container
The Container inside – photo credit Liron Erel
The Container inside – photo credit The Royal Excursion
Becoming a desperate housewife – Stage 1: wake up at 6.30 am on a Saturday to go to the food market with my gluten-free and food market-expert friend Emma. Thankfully, the sun woke up as early as we did and greeted us while having coffee and discussing our market game plan.
The objective: fresh fruit and vegetables (I recently bought a blender, yes, all my friends know cause i can’t stop talking about it – what a useful kitchen tool – and i wanted to buy everything you can possibly blend into a juice or a smoothie), sunflower and pumpkin seeds, olives, etc. Eventually we e spent hours walking around. I get so excited when I see food, I go crazy!
Exotic Food Market – Antwerp
Oudevaartplaats, Theaterplein and surroundings
Every Saturday from 8am till 4pm (except official holidays)
Quite recently a friend asked me if I was up for decorating and organising her wedding reception, which will take place end of August. The location was already set: a beautiful garden in the city. With more than 2 months time I started my research for the perfect reception. I read a couple of articles online about planning a wedding, and every article said that you have to start planning everything at least 6 months ahead! That kinda stressed me out! There is so much to do and think of! What will be the theme? What furniture will we use? Will it be a walking dinner reception or a seated reception? What music will be played? What lighting? Who will sit where? What if the weather is bad?
Thank God I don’t have to plan it all by myself. I will get by with a little help from my friends 😉
Here are some of our ideas already.
Pictures by Tumblr and Weheartit.com
Old vs. new – Pines Street
Yehuda Halevy Street
Old vs new – Yehuda Halevy Street
Yehuda Halevy Street
Yehuda Halevy Street
corner Pines Street – Lilienbum Street
A huge Happy Birthday shout-out to Marilyn. Yes! It’s her 21st birthday.. again!!
Just so you’d know, I miss you lots and love you more. Thanks for the bestest of co-operations so far on our little blog.
Mazal Tov Ad 120. Yom Huledet Same’ach!
This is why working in advertising is so much fun. Check out the making of a commercial we shot in March for Gaviscon UK. Do you recognize the train station? Yup, it’s Antwerpen Centraal Railway Station. Judged the world’s fourth greatest train station by the American Newsweek in 2009, this railway station has been used in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and is now immortalized in this 30″ ad, which kicks heartburn out of this world!
Huge thanks to director Peter Salmi of Bare Films UK, the whole Mucho production team, the crew and of course Tom and our 100 (!!) extras.
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I don’t know what you do when you’re “surfing” on the net, but often I look for creative projects; for the house, the garden and also a lot of practical things. Now it’s my turn to post a tutorial for a DIY project: how to make a cookie jar out of a shoebox.
1. Start by baking cookies. My 2 favorites are chocolate chip cookies (recipe by Jacques Torres’s Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies) and granola cookies (recipe by Carine Goren)
2. While they bake, take a shoebox and fill the inside with baking paper by stapling it at the corners.
3. Pick some scrapbook paper or any other material (newspaper, photos, magazines) and start gluing. This is where your creative freedom comes in. You could also paint or draw if you have that talent.
4. Take a photo and send it to me 🙂
You can use the box at home but it’s also a great present for home made cookies when you bring them to a diner!
“That sh*t cray” is all i can say after last night’s performance of Watch the Throne by the legendary Jay-Z and Kanye West (that, and “get your diamonds up”). Without doubt the craziest and best concert ever! I must say i like Jay-Z more than Kanye, but they both owned up to their music, leaving Antwerp (and especially me) behind with a big smile on our face. Next stop: Paris??
Did you also see the concert? What did you think?
While Madonna was launching the first show of her 2012 world tour at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv on Thursday, I was looking for a musical alternative. Luckily, the Tabor winery and city of Tel Aviv had just launched an amazing initiative: 20 pianos, spread throughout the city, open to the public and customized by Israeli artists. After the campaign, the pianos will be donated to schools. So with 2 friends, we went down to Rothschild Boulevard, printed out a few songs and started playing. Within minutes we were joined by various other musical talents and that’s how a great musical night started. We just played and sang and played and sang for over 3 hours while people were coming by, joining in, playing a tune. Simple and fun.
that’s us on Rothschild Boulevard
or on youtube: http://youtu.be/mfdN9_1TizI
Ibn Gvirol Street/ Municipality – Photo By Adi Ezra
Hatachana, Neve Tzedek – Photo By Adi Ezra
Rabin Square – Photo By Adi Ezra
Tel Aviv Central Park – Photo By Adi Ezra
Rothschild Blvd corner Maze Street – Photo By Adi Ezra
Shenkin Garden – Photo By Adi Ezra
Nahalat Benyamin with the mayor and Shlomo Gronich – Photo By Adi Ezra
Suzanne Dallal Dance Center
Habima Theater Square – Photo By Adi Ezra