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like many of you, beginning last year I started to pay more attention to what I eat, how I eat it and what sort of impact my habits have on our planet. There were several factors that contributed to this, although I have to admit, I had a rather slow awakening which has now picked up a new pace. I have a deep love of nature which I dearly miss living in the city. I have been more and more aware of the dirtiness and pollution around  me and now cannot stop noticing it. Has the same happened to you? Last year, I also watched several documentaries that influenced the way I think about food, water  and our environment, such as Food Inc. and Tapped. I have also fell in love with some very inspiring blogs and the people behind them, in particular, 101cookbooks by Heidi Swanson.

It must be the way she writes and the love she puts in her cooking that totally encouraged me to enter her world and try to simply cook and eat better, experiment with different ingredients and create new dishes. I’m not a vegetarian however at home I started to severely limit the amount of meat I eat, replacing it with fish and more often just a veggie meal.  I started to put more emphasis on where the products I buy comes from, how fresh they are, how was it grown and I more often go for the organic kind. Easy to say and harder to do as this definitely takes more time and often more money so companies  like Riverford (UK) and Urban Organic (NYC), are excellent an way of saving both. That’s why I was so excited to hear about Or Gani farm, that does this here in Israel.  Every Wednesday I receive a box of veggies and fruits and I can’t tell you what a great surprise it is every week. 
There are often veggies that I would never think of buying myself  and don’t even know what they are and what to cook with them so this really forces me to go beyond my regular habits and try new things.  This week it’s swiss chard. It only took few minutes of browsing the 101cookbooks to pick this Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup Recipe.


despite living in Tel Aviv for a few years already, there are only handful of Israeli designers that I’m very familiar with. This is something that I’d like to change over this year since there is much talent and innovation to discover here. Today I’d like  to share with you the work of Ron Naden, who combines several things that I love – silkscreen printing, color and Tel Aviv inspired design.

Ron is a 29 year old illustrator and animation art director living in Tel Aviv and here is a sample from his collection that was created for the occasion of Israel’s 61st independence. The main theme for this years’ celebrations was Tel Aviv’s 100th anniversary. One of the styles used is a silkscreen printing technique, “a printing method that’s as old as time, 2011 style” as he puts it. Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday and that these posters will inspire you to come to visit.

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I take a sort of residential pride in the fact that Tel Aviv was rated number 3 on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2011, coming in just behind New York and Tangiers. If I had to guess the reasoning, I would say it is likely because of the insane energy that this sleepless city boasts. I came across a photo spread of Tel Aviv that I think gives the best looking-glass into this incredible city. Check out here and here.

So here are just few of the many reason why WE  Tel Aviv:

  • Beach weather nearly all year around + beach to go with it
  • You can find a party every night of the week
  • You can find everything you need in Shuk Hacarmel
  • Great mix of fancy + mom and pop restaurants
  • Overall great city vibe
  • Flip flops are considered appropriate for almost every occasion
  • Where almost everyone knows your name (not good for those people trying to keep a low profile :))
  • Great humus and falafel on every corner
  • You can eat breakfast at all hours in most places
  • Everything is walking distance so no real need for a car

What about you? Have a list on your own that you’d like to share?

Early Friday morning we headed out to the Judean Hills where there was a wine tasting festival. We happily spent the day sampling some of the best wines Israel has to offer. Some of my favorites were Petit Castel and Soreq‘s Port wine. Good food, great wine and friends made for the perfect Friday afternoon. Great weekend outing!

Now while many would find this a bit odd, we felt that this chocolate fudge made for a perfect sweet something after all the wine and Argentinean meat snacks.