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DINNER AT L28 CULINARY PLATFORM We had an edgy meal at L28 Culinary Platform. What’s that? Yes, it is a restaurant, and it’s also a hybrid, acting as an accelerator for chef entrepreneurs, and an incubator for creating innovative techniques in Israeli cuisine. If L28 sounds like something new, its location gives a clue — it lies at the heart of Tel Aviv’s booming startup sector. Up-and-coming chefs are given six-month residencies, and the platform provides a full kitchen staff, an experienced restaurant manager, and mentoring by top restaurateurs. The chefs get to create new dishes and develop relationships in the industry. The platform was founded by StartUp Nation Central, a nonprofit organization that serves as a gateway for Israeli innovation. So, yes, it’s a culinary platform, but don’t be put off by the new-fangled format. You can make a reservation and have an elegant meal prepared by a chef who will soon be running one of Israel’s newest dining hot spots. Return visits are a treat for diners because the menu changes every six months.  

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TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART

DAN GOURMET COOKING EXPERIENCE With so many fabulous markets all over Israel bursting with fresh ingredients, a cooking class is a fun experience — and you can recreate what you’ve learned at home. We visited the Dan Gourmet Culinary Institute, one of Tel Aviv’s leading cooking schools, to meet the students and sample their work. Their classes offer step-by-step instructions for a wide range of classic dishes and the many influences used in Israeli cooking, from Moroccan to Eastern European. At our meal, we had a Moroccan dish called chraime, which is fish in tomato sauce, plus couscous, kreplach (a type of Jewish dumpling), noodle kugel, and yes, even chopped liver. It was like eating at Bubby’s table, with more vibrant flavors.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of the city’s biggest attractions, drawing over one million visitors in 2018. The museum has its own stellar collection of painting and sculpture masterpieces, including top works by the important Impressionists, Old Masters, and contemporary artists, as well as photography and video. On the main building’s first floor alone, you’ll see pieces from the permanent collection by Renoir, Degas, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Chagall.

NACHALAT BINYAMIN MARKET Here’s another can’t-miss market, but this one isn’t for food; it’s for arts and crafts and well worth a visit. Twice a week, the pedestrian-only Nachalat Binyamin Street turns into an open-air market for local artists, and there’s an official vetting process requiring that all crafts must be handmade. There’s no junk here! It’s the place to find that thing you never knew you needed, with a wide range of ceramics, toys, jewelry, household goods like wooden cutting boards, hand-painted dinnerware, and much more. The market is in one of the city’s oldest districts, chock-a-block with Bauhaus architecture, and perfect Social Life

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Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

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

Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

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