Fruitful delight in Tel Aviv with a bit of shtick thrown in for good measure

In recent years, Tel Aviv’s restaurants have justly received growing international recognition for their inventive culinary fare. Far from the spotlight are other taste sensations readily available on Israel’s urban streets. In a country where fruit and vegetables are bountiful and part of the national palate, it’s little surprise juice stands are everywhere. If they…

Going to the top for a taste of the Golan

When it comes to Israeli cuisine — like the national food of other countries — nothing beats going to the source. Currently, on a visit to Israel with her husband and some of their children, Galya Sarner savored the tastes of her homeland that have long inspired her. One of her favorite places is the…

East meets west in Ora’s Yemenite chicken soup

Guest post by Ora Shalom-Berger, along with her husband Haim. For me, like for most people, just the thought of certain foods immediately conjures up warm memories of my childhood, evoking all kinds of positive associations. While growing up in a Yemenite family in Israel – to which my parents had immigrated from Yemen in…

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

If you live in Toronto, like I do, and you’re interested in Israeli food, like I am, you’ll probably want to see the acclaimed documentary film In Search of Israeli Cuisine at a special screening on March 19 at Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Michael Solomonov, renowned Israeli-born chef and co-owner of Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia, serves…

Israeli Food Part of New Exhibit on Toronto’s Jewish Restaurants

A new exhibition on Jewish eateries in Toronto, past and present, illustrates the growing importance of Israeli-style food in the city’s restaurant scene. Little surprise given how the Israeli-Canadian community has expanded over the past decade in Toronto which today is home to some 65,000 expatriate Israelis. Now on view at the Reuben & Helene…

In the Mix: Sabich Packs a Pita with a Winning Combo

Sabich, the name of a distinctly Israeli dish, is one of those foreign words whose origin is uncertain and doesn’t convert well when transcribed in English. If mispronounced, its second syllable can cause offense as a derogatory term for a woman. Galya both pronounces and makes sabich like a pro and comes to it honestly…

Galya’s Culinary Treats for Rosh Hashanah Dinners

True to form, in celebration of the Jewish New Year, Galya prepared a wonderful Israeli-style Rosh Hashanah dinner for family and friends on the two successive evenings of the holiday.  Predictably, it was a feast for the palate and a treat for the eyes, adding to the festive atmosphere as we ushered in the year…

Happy Apples for a Sweet New Year

Apples have long had a hallowed place in Jewish tradition, most festively during Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) when people dip them in honey to symbolize the sweet year they hope is ahead. In Israel and Jewish homes around the world, apples are an inseparable part of this holiday which begins later this week….

Olive Oil: Nature’s Divine Liquid

Until I met Galya and was introduced to her extraordinary Israeli cooking in 1985, I had little idea of just how important olive oil can be in making good food. Since then, I’ve marvelled at how often Galya uses this ancient Mediterranean ingredient to enhance her culinary creations. Like many Israelis, she uses it in…

A Montreal Perspective on Jewish and Israeli Food

While Israeli food may be the primary focus of Galya’s culinary passion, its cousin – Jewish food – has long fascinated her. Last week, she explored its development in Montreal, taking part in a wonderful walking tour called Beyond The Bagel. Launched in 2015 by the Museum of Jewish Montreal (MJM), the tour was conceived by…