Bauhinia and urban foraging in Israel

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{Above: Bauhinia variegata} It’s a waste of money to go to the botanical gardens in Israel.  Indeed, most municipalities, including the one I live in, decorate their city with plants from around the world.  Israel’s strong research interest in agriculture combined with its mild climate has facilitated the adaptation and development of many exotic species. […]

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A tale of two markets

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A few weeks ago I went on a spontaneous mini holiday to Switzerland.  Like most leisure trips I go on- especially the last minute kind- I had almost nothing planned. I knew only two things- I would land in Zurich on Thursday night and on Friday morning at 9:00 sharp I’d meet Kerrin at the […]

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A Galilean feast

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There’s an exuberant potager’s garden surrounding Erez’s Komarovsky’s Galilean cooking school, the lush vegetation tumbling over the rocky borders. As I make my way down the stone path I recognize za’atar, rosemary, white savory, thyme, lavender….herbs used in folk medicine and to flavor regional cuisine. These are the same plants Erez uses in the food […]

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Tbilisi outdoor market

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The upside of not knowing the local language is that you never know where the taxi man is going to drop you off. We wanted to go to the Tbilisi outdoor market. Instead we ended up at the biggest, newest and shiniest supermarket in town. How else would I have discovered smoky cheese flavored potato […]

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Tea time

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We are renovating our house with all the mayhem that comes with it. It’s indulgent to whine about it since being able to fix the house in the first place is a rather good position to be in. So I remind myself that it’s temporary- the thick layer silt over everything, the noise, even the […]

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