Articles by Mala Blomquist


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Anthony Bourdain and the magic of Majda

PHOTO: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown-Israel with Yotam Ottolenghi, Michal Baranes and Yakub Barhum, proprietors of the Majda restaurant in Ein Rafa. Yakub is Muslim and Michal is Jewish. On Sept. 15, 2013, the season two premiere of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” on CNN featured the late host, Anthony Bourdain and his crew making their first…

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Chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon   The Israeli husband and wife duo of Chefs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich own two restaurants and a deli in London. Their first restaurant Honey & Co. opened seven years ago in Fitzrovia, in central London. It is a small, homey place serving Middle Eastern food for breakfast,…

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Chef Moshe Basson

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon In the heart of Jerusalem, situated at the meeting point between the old and new city, sits The Eucalyptus kosher restaurant. Owner and head chef Moshe Basson specializes in foods that are local and regional, with roots deep-seated in the history of the area and its people. The chef uses…

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Chef Alon Shaya

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon Although he now lives in New Orleans, Chef Alon Shaya tributes Israel for how he thinks about food and the eating culture at his two restaurants Saba (grandfather in Hebrew) in New Orleans and Safta (grandmother) in Denver. The James Beard award winner admits he loves to cook Italian…

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Chef Meir Adoni

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon To say Chef Meir Adoni is a busy man is an understatement. In Tel Aviv, he owns Lumina, a modern Israeli bistro located on the seafront, and Blue Sky, located on the rooftop of the Carlton Hotel with a rich vegetarian and fish menu. Meir also owns Layla in…

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Chef Mor Cohen

By Mala Blomquist & Deborah Moon Mor Cohen is the head chef at the Herbert Samuel restaurant, located at The Ritz-Carlton in Herzliya, Israel. The restaurants namesake, Herbert Samuel, was a Liberal British politician who was appointed in 1920 as the first British High Commissioner of Palestine. The Herbert Samuel is a modern Hebrew kitchen…

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Israeli holiday events this May

Groups around the state are planning events to observe two Israeli holidays this month. Yom Hazikaron (Iyar 4/May 8, 2019) is Israel’s day of remembrance for the men and women, boys and girls who lost their lives to war or terrorism. Yom Ha’atzmaut (Iyar 5/May 9, 2019) is the national independence day of Israel. It…

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Everybody in the pool!

Photo: Big Surf in Tempe will be celebrating its 50th season this year. When the temperatures hit the triple digit mark for days (and weeks!) on end, there is no better place to be than in the water. No pool? No problem! There are many ways to get you and the kids out of the…

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Photo: Center of the Sun Necklace by artist Britta Ambauen. Moms may be some of the hardest people on the planet to buy for. If you ask them what they want for Mother’s Day, their response will usually be, “just your love.” If you are looking for something to complement the love (or flowers) you…

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