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THE ONE MACARON TO RULE THEM ALL

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:

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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.

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GREEK NIGHT FOR ALL – HaMezeg bar Tel Aviv

   HaMezeg (Ha-me-zeg), noun

Translation – temperament [tem·per·a·ment]

1. The combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition.

2. Unusual personal attitude or nature as manifested by peculiarities of feeling, temper, action, etc.

3. The act of pouring beverages.

4. An awesome bar in Tel Aviv.

 

Established in early 2012, HaMezeg, located in Ibn Gabirol St. at the corner of Ha-Bashan St., is a popular northern Mediterranean tavern which revolutionized TLV’s drinking culture, as the first bar to introduce the now popular unlimited quality drinking model. The bar offers 5 very lucrative drinking plans from 60NIS to 129NIS (and all shots are only 8 shekels!) so you’re bound to get wasted.

Choose your plan, we’re going in.

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Greek Night

On Monday nights the bar transforms into a Greek Taverna. Well not really transforms, more like decorated with Greek flags.

He: Greek night! Takes me back to my college days where I would spend many Sunday mornings wondering why I’m on my friend’s porch and where did my shoes go.

She: Yassou! <breaks a plate>

He: Naturally I chose the “Awesome Mezeg” plan and started pounding Weihenstephan with tequila shots. You can’t really go wrong with any Mezeg plan. The beer, wine, liquor selection is great and Tomer the bartender, who became my bff after 2 beers and 3 shots, was more than accommodating.

She: we ordered 3 dishes: Mazetim- 3 small plates of your choice served with bread, an Eggplant in the oven-comes with tahini on top and a Saganaki- a Greek dish of feta cheese grilled in lemon on top of tomatoes and olives. I just like saying it… saganaki! Sounds like a ninja.

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He: The food went well with the drink and music. If you’re not familiar with Greek music, you’re missing out. It elevates the energy levels with joyous authentic Mediterranean sounds. Oh and they had a belly-dancer! A cute one too! No sure if it’s Greek or relates to anything at all but a belly-dancer is a win regardless.

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The Vibe

She: No smoking inside! Win! It’s nice to finally sit at the bar, being able to do the basic act of breathing…

He: People are chill and friendly. Even when the place is packed you don’t feel overwhelmed by the combination of locals, small groups of friends, girls who came to relax and guys who are trying to get in their pants.

She: At 10pm the place was packed with a beautiful crowd ages 23+. The variety of sitting arrangements made it easy for anyone to find their spot. You can sit on the deck outside (smoking area), with a group of friends inside or at the bar.

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Final Score

She: We are sooooo becoming regular clients of HaMezeg. This place is at a great location and has yummy food and cool atmosphere. Even a non-drinker high on life girl like me had tons of fun on Monday Greek night and my BF finally found a place to take me out to.

He: I honestly didn’t know what to expect before this night, I had my doubts about any place this north on Ibn Gabirol, let alone a popular bar that puts in work from 7pm until late. But I must admit, with a bit of help from Jose Cuervo, the Mezeg won me over.

A place to pregame early or spend a whole night at the bar, the Mezeg is flexible enough to provide a fun night for the “no-I-am-not-drinking-tonight” person as well as the “where-did-the-last-two-hours-go-and-why-is-this-guy-telling-me-about-his-pet-frog” type such as myself.

Either way, chances are you’ll end up drunk and happy by the end of the night.

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*All images were taken from HaMezeg’s fb page.

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How to keep it cool in the summer heat – Best frozen yogurt places in Tel Aviv

I know what are you craving for these summer days, and you are right – there’s nothing like white and cold guilty pleasure called frozen yogurt! And there are few places in Tel Aviv that know how to serve it the right way. Just save these spots into your foursquare “to visit” list and be sure you’re safe from a sunstroke this summer.

YOGO on Rostchild 19. What to do : order large portion of white frozen yogurt, choose toppings from a huge variety by your choice ( strawberry, white chocolates, watermelon and honey on the top, that’s just my advice) and sit outside watching relaxed people with kids and dogs walking down the Rotschild boulevard. Open till late night, but causes an addiction.

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  TAMARA Yogurt on Ben Yehuda 96 (on the corner with Gordon street). What to do: choose your flavor of yogurt – natural white or strawberry or apple or whatever is on the menu today, get fruits and sweet toppings sky high (take “pasiflora” – be telavivien!) and get comfortable in a cute swing to enjoy your yogurt. Really cute place with the best yogurt in the city and nice light blue decoration, providing the hugest variety of toppings so far. Ask for their card – by purchasing 9 yogurts you’ll get your lucky 10th for free;).

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Delicatessen – The Video Preview

The good combination between european standards and Ashkenazi flavors… You didn’t hear about ‘Delicatessen’? Of course you did, it belongs to the owners of “Brasserie” on kikar Rabin, Hotel Montefiore or Rothschild 12… You can take a chair and eat on the lovely terrasse on Yehuda Halevy or on the first floor. You can as well take away what you bought at the counter and eat it home… You’ll find plates of cheeses, meats, herring, salmon, bread, wines, tableware and all sorts of classic bakery goods, freshly cooked pies, vegetables and more… Every day they change the buffet… Go with all sorts of vegies if you’re a vegan, you’ll find your way…. Prices are more than fare. Between 40-70 /dish for this high class “establishment”. It’s open every day… My only weak point goes to the waiters… they work fast but they could smile a little more. It kind of reminds me of Paris, stupid waiters… Unless it’s what the owners were really looking for ;-)…. You should definitely experience it once anyway…

Press Play, you’ll get it in a second!

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