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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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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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The Container – Great Tel-Aviv Jaffa spot!

The new conspiracy of chef Vince Muster, designer Assaf Tavor, and writer Tsur Shezaf.

The Location…

Jaffa port is picturesque, romantic and full of antique atmosphere of past days and smell of the beautiful mediterranean sea. The Jaffa port is a without a doubt, a place that has been needing a place with the look and feel such as the container.
Cheff Vince Mostar and his two associates at the container, Designer Assaf Tavor and Journalist Zur Sheizaf, took one of the industrial warehouses at the Jaffa port and turned it into a place full of  Style, art, music and great seafood by the ocean and fishing boats.

Outside, next to fish on boats and yachts of  the Marina Are scattered tables, some of them built of wood surfaces piled one upon the other, and inside, at the hangar space, a giant circular bar is made of a real container.

Behind the bar an “open air” style kitchen that fills the container with clouds of smoke rising from the iron stove that gives the whole space a wonderful aroma..Mmmmm

Another great designed space in the container is the toilet, (yes yes the toilet!)  that is filled with great graffiti style art. The container is definitely a great Tel-Aviv Jaffa restaurant but the special thing about it, is the ever changing DJs and live shows, mixed with great graphic art, the container is definitely the “it” place to be in…

Make sure you check it out…Open daily from 12:00 into the night

Jaffa port – Next to the boats
Tel. 03.6836321

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Drunken night’s at the Barbunia Bar, Ben Yehuda, Tel-Aviv

The thing about the Barbunia is that for most people and especially the tourists, its the big simple restaurant that serves great salads and fresh fish, but this post is about the Barbunia Bar, on the other side of the road….

Yes it smells like hash!

The Barbunia Bar is one of those spots in the city that has a free spirit, and you won’t see people getting tickets because of smoking cigarettes, (yes we have that in Tel-Aviv as well :-() and you can even see a 54 year old dude rolling a joint with a few 23 years old waitresses..

If you have a problem with tight places filled with loud drunk people that are looking for someone to roll a joint with, then stick to the restaurant. However, if you wanna get a taste of the old Tel-Aviv, The bar is just for you!

Another small shot session at the Barbonia!!

A few days ago we celebrated a birthday to a friend there, and it was a classical night at the Barbunia, we arrived, chowed down some great seafood and salads, got drunk from pure Vodka and got very load around our table!

Pictures of friends around the Bar!!

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From a night of just showing up to say “Mazal-Tov” it turned into a wild night of Huging Kissing and a bit of Face slaping..Woke up a day after with a headake and declered the Barbunia a great place once again!


Barbunia Bar

192 Ben Yehuda St.