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to five-star restaurants. Amid all the noshing, I made time to see the sights, including museums, ancient ruins, area wineries, a tiny Arab village, the old town of Acre, and some of Tel Aviv’s celebrated Bauhaus architecture.

were a big hit with our chef entourage. The Barbuto and Jams restaurateur Jonathan Waxman enthused about our visit saying, “The markets in Israel are full of beautiful fresh produce, spices, baked goods, and more.”

THE WHITE CITY

THE SABICH SANDWICH REIGNS

This year is a terrific time to visit Tel Aviv, as 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German school founded by Walter Gropius, and the city is awash in the architectural style. Tel Aviv is home to the world’s largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings, with around 4,000 of the whitewashed structures known as the “White City,” part of which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The rich Bauhaus presence all over the city is due to the influx of German-Jewish architects and designers who trained under Gropius and immigrated to Israel as Nazism arose in their home country. The functional, cost-effective, clean-line style was perfectly suited to house the growing refugee population. Many buildings fell into disrepair over the years, but remained largely intact, and now they are enjoying a renaissance. 

The goodies on display at the Carmel Market had us salivating, so a street food excursion was the obvious next step. We tried Israel’s most common fast foods: falafel, shawarma, schnitzel, and the bourekas. The latter is a type of baked pastry filled with potatoes, cheese, or mushrooms. The sabich, a big, tasty pita sandwich stuffed with fried eggplant, hardboiled eggs, and more, is the best thing I’ve eaten in decades and was akin to eating a hamburger for the first time, except there is no meat. The sabich is not to be missed! 

CARMEL MARKET TOUR — ATMOSPHERE & FOOD We took a trip to the largest market in Tel Aviv, the Carmel Market, or Shuk HaCaramel in Hebrew. Everything is sold here, from clothes to spices to fruit to electronics. Established in 1920, the Carmel is hugely popular with locals and tourists, and is always busy, especially on Thursdays and Fridays, when people prepare for their sabbath meals. Naturally, the markets SocialLifeMagazine.com

DAN HOTEL TEL AVIV I stayed in the Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv’s grande dame and the city’s first luxury hotel, which over the years has been home to heads of state, artists, and celebrities like the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Sharon Stone. The beachfront location, overlooking the Mediterranean, is central and perfect for exploring the city, as many of the best attractions, as well as shopping and nightlife, are within easy walking distance. Nearby is the hip area Neve Tzedek, which dates from 1887 and was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the walls of the ancient port of Jaffa. Picturesque and village-like, its narrow streets and restored buildings are abloom with boutiques, galleries, and craft shops.

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Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.

Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.