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Good Eats TLV: Fusion Food Fight – La Shuk Restaurant

Volume II

What: La Shuk

Where: Kikar Dizingoff  (Dizingoff square)

When: 9:30-2:00

 

La Shuk with its booming middle-eastern music and savory smells coming from the kitchen it’s no wonder why the once seedy Dizingoff square is being swarmed by our ever fussy and oh so picky Tel Avivi friends.  The new restaurant brings classic middle-eastern flee market charm into the heart of our beloved Dizingoff street, pushing this prime hot spot over the boiling point.

Packed every night, La Shuk is definitely worth waiting in line for.  The tantalizing classic Israeli dishes combined with seafood fusion are obviously part of what makes this place so popular but what really pushes it into the realm of a “must” in Tel Aviv is the great atmosphere it has, everything from the music to the eclectic design turns anyone into a La Shuk addict.

It’s not easy finding a restaurant that has such a cool vibe and good food in a central location and when one comes along it should not be ignored! La Shuk is La Amazing everything from the appetizers to the desserts will leave you wanting more and the all around quality of the food and service makes it worth the prices.  Absolutely get your butts over to La Shuk and enjoy an old world, new age, trendy, retro dining experience.

 

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Where have all the cars gone? There are bikes instead!

While all the cars are not gone from Tel Aviv, the new public access “rent-a-bikes” have inspired us to write about some great bike routes right here in Tel Aviv. I’ll give you the scoop on a great beachside bike route that’ll take you through afternoon straight to the sunset complete with a light meal before we go crazy in the bars on Rothschild!  And yeah, there’s also a night route for anyone who wants to do the route backwards… and it’s highly recommended!  Riding drunk, downhill… don’t worry, there’s a nearby hospital.

tied to every tree in the city - tel-aviv bicycle

Before we talk about the riding, here’s a couple of interesting factoids about using the city’s bikes and bike routes/lanes that might tempt you veteran night owls to join the healthy, drunk riding on Tel Aviv’s streets.

To date, one hundred kilometers of illuminated bike paths have been paved throughout the city.

During the 2011-2012 year, the city is planning to pave tens more kilometers of paths as part of a 100-million shekel project paid for by taxpayers. There is some criticism about the dangers present on some of the bike paths, especially near bus stops, so be careful!

bikes for free - hotel on yarkon street

So, I ask myself why I am awake all night and sleeping during the day, while I can be managing the execution of an engineering project in the field of municipal planning?!  I have 8 years of real experience biking on all the existing bike paths in the city, and riding on many of the paths before they were even paved, before any municipal engineer said, “Ah, these cute kids are riding here already, let’s pave them a real path”.

In April of 2011, the municipality, together with a private company, established a computerized system of bike rentals throughout the city that would even put the Iranian nuclear program to shame!  The idea for the project was imported from big cities in Europe and has since gained a lot of momentum.  Today, you’ll find firefighters, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, bartenders (and any other psycho, regardless of profession, who’s willing to ride in 30 (86) degree heat) is using this service.

use your visa - take a bike - enjoy!

The city’s rental system has a number of sign-up options.  You can rent for a day or longer and the prices range between 14 and 240 shekels.

The bike use is limited to 30 minutes, and after this period you have to return the bike to one of the rental stops around the city and wait 10 minutes (don’t ask me why), and only then are you able to keep using the bike.  Any use in excess of 30 minutes (without returning to a rental station) will cost money – a lot of money – so keep your eye on your watch.

For a second I thought there wasn’t a capitalist motive for this project, but the truth of the matter is, like with many thoughts lately, I was wrong.  Perhaps my true calling in life is just to go to the beach in the evening, drink at night, eat well, and if I’m really energetic, perhaps even to be loved by a young maiden, though as it says on the instructions of my medication, “it is very rare.”

The use of municipal bikes is timely, and it’s easy to get from point A to point B.  The purpose is to reduce the use of automobiles among city residents, and also to provide transportation for those with less means.  I don’t know if it’s particularly comfortable for tourists who are going along some sort of planned tourist path.  For planned tourist paths, I will suggest specific recommended stores later on.

Article by: Uli Greenberg

My recommended bicycle routes, Coming soon – Stay tuned 🙂

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A Mid-Summer’s Night Protest – Tel Avivians Take to the Streets for Social Justice!

With all the fun Tel Aviv has to offer – parties, cafes, the beach, and more – I never really felt like I was living in one of the world’s real big cities.  But this summer, there’s something new in town, something that we’ve never had before that has completely changed the Tel Aviv summer scene – a huge, sweeping social protest.

What started as a bunch of tents on one street became a protest of every deprived group in the country, and the mass protests this Saturday night were an amazing and crazy powerful expression of the overall sentiment of the public.  I know that this is taking place throughout the country and not only in Tel Aviv – but to feel is here in my home city feels great and makes me really happy. I live here, this is my protest, and it’s my right to feel that beyond the great importance of this protest – it’s also quite enjoyable.

A few streets away from the gathering area by HaBima Square (The Orchestra Plaza), hordes of people joined me as we marched in the direction of the start of the protest.  When I arrived, I literally felt like I was swimming in a sea of people.  My friends and I were lucky to realize that the cellular networks wouldn’t be able to handle the overload of people and we had set a meeting place in advance.  It was still extremely difficult not to get lost among the massive hordes of people.

The noise made by the crowd, the chants shouted out, and the songs heard from a distance, raised the energy of the crowd, which was really felt by all.  Strangers smiled to one another, made noise, and flooded the streets as they all marched towards the main stage by the Kirya (the government compound).  Everyone shared good vibes, and everyone was happy and excited.  There I was, out on a hot night in August, sweating, screaming, trying to hear the speeches, and enjoying some free concerts from the artists who had volunteered to come.  It was such an amazing feeling to be part of something so powerful that is so in touch with my personal life in the city and country I choose to live in.

It’s a shame that the organizers thought of everything except water canons to shoot water on the boiling-hot crowd.  I would have totally thanked anyone who would have just thrown some sort of cold drink to me.  Towards the end, when the over-crowdedness was too much to handle, we moved to the edge to get some air.  Afterwards, we sat on the curb to drink a little and talk about the protest itself, and about the fact that this was one of the best outings of the summer – certainly the most just.

Since it doesn’t look like the government is going to be talking this protest very seriously, and since the tent-dwellers on Rothschild Boulevard said they would stay for as many months as necessary, it seems that in the coming months we’re all going to have another chance to see this amazing aspect of Tel Aviv in action.  See you next weekend!

To understand more about the reasons of this protests visit here >>

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Good Eats TLV: Fusion Food Fight!

Volume I

What: Hader HaOhel (The Dining Hall)

Where: Shaul HaMelech Boulevard 23

When: Sunday-Thursday 12:00-00:00 Friday-Saturday 11:30-00:00 (but no one will kick you out)

An homage to what the Israeli kibbutz dining experience used to be, Hader HaOhel (The Dining Hall) is a diamond in the rough and has become a hit amongst the hip Tel Aviv crowd.   Situated comfortably outside the famous Cameri Theater this place will be packed with people just waiting to grab a taste of anyone of chef Omer Miller’s mouthwateringly yummy dishes.

The laid back, 21st century cafeteria design of the restaurant make you feel instantly at home.  No uppity trendy kitchiness that makes you want to gag, no dim lighting or holier-than-thou attitude from the staff, just good vibes and a more than inviting atmosphere.  That said, the surprisingly delicious food gives the impression of a five star New York restaurant.  A perfect blend of traditional Israeli dishes,and picks from grandmas recipe box but all with a gourmet twist and tantalizing concoctions by Chef Miller turned me into a bottomless pit. My only goal by mid-meal was to just- keep- eating.  Along with the charm and the food the menu also has variety of Israeli wines to choose from, and we all know that there is nothing better than coupling a good meal with a nice bottle of wine. Don’t forget to save room for dessert…it’s worth it.

Hader HaOchel also offers daily specials and a dynamic menu that about every two months has new dishes added on, making it well worth making a regular appearance.  What makes this place even more tempting and really sets it in stone as a new favorite with locals are the prices! This hot spot is for the masses, young or old, student with loans (living in a tent on Rothchild) or entrepreneur millionaire (living in a penthouse on Rothchild) everyone walks out of the restaurant with full bellies, smiling faces, and cash to spare.