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Food News Roundup – 25 June 2014

The Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv is offering two new specials in their restaurants: Friday all you can eat buffet brunch for only 97 shekels and a business lunch for 130 shekels per person including a glass of wine and free parking.  The hotel is located on 99 HaYarkon Street overlooking the sea.  The hotel states that the restaurants are kosher but confirm before going.  For more information, call 03-5202424 or go to their web site.

Travelling to exotic locations this summer? Stocking up your emergency pantry? Consider Chef HaDerech meals- 8 different fish, meat and vegetarian meals that do not need to be refrigerated and come with their own heating packet.  They have a shelf life of 3 years thanks to a special technology that preserves the quality of the meal.  The meals are kosher under the hashgacha of Badatz Beit Yosef and cost between 29 and 32 shekels.  You can purchase them online or in Richochet, Sonol gas station stores, and many other stores listed here.

It is official: milk and dairy products will be more 8% more expensive starting in July.  This includes price-controlled products.  The reason?  The price of food for cattle, sheep and goats has increased.

A war has been waged on the airport restaurants by Yisrael HaYom because of their incredibly high prices compared with other branches of the same store.  For example, a small cappuccino at Aroma in the airport costs 15 shekels but in any other branch costs 8 shekels (takeaway) and a slice of pizza at Pizza Hut costs 18 shekels in the airport and 13 shekels in any other branch.  The stores claim that the prices are higher because it costs more to have a branch in the airport- the costs are higher for security, rent, and maintenance.  The knesset debated this issue and decided that the airport authority has to present a proposal to have some sort of price supervision over four products- coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and drinks.  In the future, all stores will have to agree to the price regulation in their contract.  Source

Coffee wars: Coffee Express branches will now be selling Lavazza coffee for only 4 shekels (5 shekels for coffee with soy milk).  They also have pasta, fruit shakes, and ice cream for 5 shekels.  They currently have two stores- one by Londonminister in Tel Aviv and one in Ramat Gan by the Bursa and plan to open another 8 stores.  Both are kosher under the Rabbanut of Tel Aviv.  For more info go to their web site.   Ikea has also joined the coffee wars: in the Netanya and Rishon stores, you can get a small coffee for 4 shekels, but in their new store in Kiryat Ata you will be able to get all you can drink coffee for 8 shekels.  Source  If you are looking for something besides coffee, you can get 5 shekel falafel at Felafel Dror in Tel Aviv.  It is listed as kosher mehadrin.  Source

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4 thoughts on “Food News Roundup – 25 June 2014

  1. B”H
    I just want to thank you for providing top notch consumer news you can use. I really benefit by your hard work and reporting. You are doing so much for the busy Israeli/Anglo consumer – Kroll hakavod!

  2. karen davitz on said:

    What do you mean you have to check the kashrut of the Dan Hotels? They are all certified kosher. Please clarify.

    Karen Davitz

    • My point is that I did not check whether they have a certificate or not or whether it is valid or not. A person who keeps kosher should confirm that a food establishment is kosher before patronizing them. It has nothing to do with the Dan Hotel chain specifically; it is something I write regularly. If the establishment posts a teudat kashrut on their web site, I post a link to it.

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