Monday, July 20, 2015

Interesting new book about Jaffa

In other words, the oldest part of Tel Aviv, has been published a while ago, but we just found out about it (thanks to Facebook) and just ordered it, so we thought we would share the information we do have about the book with other photography lovers as well.

Because the book is indeed a street photography book, filled with amazing photos from the streets of Jaffa, all in black and white.
For more information about the book, titled Somewhere in Jaffa, see The Green Prophet and The Sydney Morning Herald. You can order the book through the author/photographer's website (that's what we did).

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Germany helps restore Bauhaus buildings in Tel Aviv

According to Architectural Digest, anyway. (But we've read this elsewhere too, so there seems to be some truth in this)
The reason being, presumably, that the Bauhaus school was of German origin, so there is a connection to Germany, and Tel Aviv boasts the largest collection of these buildings in the world.

A whopping 3.2 million dollars are said to be donated by Germany for this purpose, and we definitely look forward to seeing Tel Aviv become even prettier than it is today!

Read more on Architectural Digest.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Kampai, Sarona

Several years ago, we happened to stop in Beersheva on a trip to Eilat, and wanted to have a bite there. Purely by chance (as we weren't very familiar with restaurants in Beersheva), we chose to eat at Kampai, which turned out to be an excellent choice, as their food was delicious! So much so, that we started calling it "the best Asian restaurant in Israel", and we often talked about how ironic it was that such a restaurant could be found in Beersheva of all places.
From then on, we've made sure to always eat at Kampai whenever we are in Beersheva (which is not that often, to be honest), but we never expected this desert gem to pop up in Tel Aviv as well.

However, when taking a walk in Sarona recently, we saw a sign saying "Kampai" on one of the buildings, and while we weren't completely sure we were looking at another branch of THE Kampai, we were really hoping, and we thought there might be a chance that this was the case, since we saw that the Kampai in Sarona also served sushi, noodles, fried rice and other Asian dishes. So we decided to ask, and the hostess confirmed that THE Kampai indeed had a branch in Tel Aviv now. How could we not give it a try?
We did, of course, and the food at the Kampai in Tel Aviv is just as delicious as in Beersheva (although we've only been there once, so we have not had a chance to try the sushi yet, only the noodles and the home fries).
The service was really excellent as well, and we liked how they paid attention even to the smallest details, such as giving you Asian, not Israeli soda, when you ordered some bubbly water.
Kampai does have a website (only in Hebrew) and they even do deliveries! If you read Hebrew, and would like to know more about them, you may want to check out their Facebook page too.

The address is Osvaldo Aranha 9, in the beautiful Sarona complex.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Claro

One of the best restaurants we've visited recently is Claro, located on the outskirts of the lovely Sarona area. In our opinion, both the decor of the restaurant and the food itself is absolutely amazing, making Claro a very upscale and enjoyable dining experience in every way.
While Claro might seem a tad expensive if you go here for dinner, they actually have very nice lunch deals, so if you'd like to give this place a try, we recommend you visit the restaurant for lunch. And if you do, don't forget to ask about the specials!
(Claro's English website seems to be under construction, but they do have a website in Hebrew for those who read it, where you can see the menu.
We will definitely be going back here, over and over again!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tel Aviv was a popular party destination even among the Ancient Egyptians!

We know this, since equipment apparently used to make beer, a popular drink among party goers and bar hoppers in Tel Aviv today as well, from 5 000 years ago, and of Egyptian origin, was recently found in Tel Aviv. Read more about this fascinating piece of news over at Israel 21 C, here.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Pol Cafe, Azrieli

Another gem in the Azrieli Mall, much like Oshi Oshi Sushi, mentioned in the previous post, is the Pol Cafe, not necessarily due to its cuisine, though (although we have no complaints about it or anything, everything we tried here was delicious for sure, but not very unique, you can get the same kind of stuff elsewhere in Tel Aviv too), but due to the location.
You see, Pol Cafe is located on the third floor in the Azrieli mall, making it a perfect spot for everyone looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Azrieli for whatever reason. No matter if you've simply grown tired of the crowds, if you have to have a meeting with someone, or something else, Pol Cafe is a bit of an oasis in this busy mall.
Don't get us wrong, however, Pol Cafe is not completely quiet or empty, there are plenty of people here, too, but compared to the rest of Azrieli, it is significantly more quiet. So if that is ever what you are looking for when you are in Azrieli, head over to this coffee shop!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Restaurants in Tel Aviv: Oshi Oshi Sushi

A lot of people in Tel Aviv love sushi and eat it on a regular basis. So there are quite a lot of nice sushi places around town, but a rather surprising place for nice sushi is the Oshi Oshi restaurant, located in the middle of Azrieli Mall.

We were quite suspicious of this sushi place, both due to its location and because it is kosher (as non kosher diners, we generally tend to find non kosher places better), but after having tried it, we actually found it quite good. The sushi was tasty, the service really fast (also during lunch hours, when a lot of people eat at Azrieli) and the variety of sushi quite nice.

So if you are a typical Tel Avivian, or at least have the taste buds of one, and happen to need to eat in Azrieli, Oshi Oshi sushi is really worth a try.

Oshi Oshi has a website, in case you want to take a look at the menu or know a bit more about them. Unfortunately, it is only in Hebrew though.