Once upon a time, when I was a lowly analyst on Wall Street, I somehow scored an invite to a very fancy, very expensive banker dinner. Since I was living on Nine West shoes and Mentos at the time, I was psyched to actually have a meal that consisted of more than one course. Which is how I found myself, after a couple glasses of wine, announcing to the entire table that I had the biggest sweet tooth of all time.

But talk is cheap. Especially for bankers. So what better way to settle this claim than a $100 bet that I couldn’t eat the entire dessert menu. Yo, have you ever been to a NYC steakhouse? They serve slices of cake so big that each one comes with their own steak knife stabbed right into the middle of the goddamn slice.

But I’m a woman of my word. Half an hour later I was $100 richer, a whole lot fatter, and felt like this:


Here’s my point. I know good patisserie when I see it. And I saw it last weekend at a party in Tel Aviv, when I had a macaron that stopped me dead in my tracks. It had a perfectly smooth outer shell that gave the tiniest bit of resistance before melting in my mouth and giving way to a gorgeously gooey, chewy middle layer. I was in bite-size almond-flavored heaven.

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Meet Le Macaron, creator of the best macarons in Israel. Classically trained at Ecole Bellouet Conseil, Noam Polonsky – who looks like he belongs on the set of the movie 300 – is the pastry chef and owner of what was until now, the best-kept secret among Tel Aviv dessert fanatics.

Noam’s macarons run the gamut from traditional (rose, fleur de sel) to fun (bubble gum, cookies & cream) to my favorite – the exotic and slightly crazy (green tea, ispahan). But what they all have in common is that every single macaron is made by hand and on that same day.

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He creates his mouth-watering macarons for events like corporate functions, girls night in, or I’m-sorry-I-forgot-your-mom’s-birthday. Le Macaron accepts a limited number of orders every month and does free delivery for the Tel Aviv and Ramat HaSharon area. If you can’t place your order for this month, try again on the 1st of each month, as they typically hit capacity by mid-month. Macarons range from 5-10 nis per piece based on the size of your order. Hey, perfection isn’t cheap, but neither are you.

By phone only – 054 431 9568.

Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv – Independence Day Street Party

Every person in TLV asks himself around Independence time ” What am I going to do tonight?” and not because Theres is nothing to do, on the contrary, there is too much to do 🙂

This year we just decided not to go to any house or closed party, we decided we are going to walk around and check out the street party all over the city.
The thing is, the first one was so good, that’s where we stayed.

The Neve Tzedek Street Party

This party is actually a few small parties connected into one great party, all coffee shops, restaurants and bars on Shabazi street (main street in Neve Tzedek) turn up their music and bring DJ’s.

As soon as we got into the Neve Tzedek area, we could see that there was a massive traffic of happy people to Shabazi street..

Walking inside those beautiful old streets of Neve Tzedek with all those half drunk people made us realize that we were on the right track for a great night, and 2 minutes after we started walking on Shabazi street, we were inside party number one!

After 2-3 drinks, we started walking on Shabazi once again, only this time we were half drunk our self so we were ready for the bigger party right in front of Suzanna restaurant.

After about 3 hours on that street, I decided I need a break so I took a walk to the Suzanne Dellal Center which I thought was empty and quiet, but when I got there, I saw that there was a headphone party.

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Here is the Headphone Party…

So, if you’re coming to Israel around April keep Independence day in mind, and remember to party in Neve Tzedek – Shabazi Street.