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Forty Free Sites to visit on Pesach – 2015 Edition

Bank HaPoalim has once again sponsored the free entrance to a multitude of attractions throughout Israel.

There is a very cute Hebrew site which has all of the information including opening hours and how to get there by public transportation.

Here is a list in English of the free sites:

Free Museums in the North

  • Ghetto Fighters Museum
  • International Stone Sculpture Symposium Galilee
  • Deer Forest
  • Antiques Museum of the Golan
  • Katzrin Park
  • Umm Al Fahm Museum
  • Wilfrid Museum
  • Probot- Agricultural Adventure
  • Ein Harod Art Center
  • HaChan Museum, Hadera

Free Museums in Haifa

Free Museums in the Center

Free Museums in the Jerusalem area

  • Yad LeShiryon – Armored Corps Museum
  • Bible Lands Museum
  • City of David- Archeological Adventure Emek Tzurim
  • City of David- Armon HaNatziv
  • Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
  • Old Yishuv Court Museum
  • Begin Heritage Center
  • Yad Ytzhak Ben Tzvi
  • Shai Agnon House
  • Israel Museum Jerusalem (not part of the Bank Hapoalim promotion) will be open free for children throughout chol hamoed and is free for everyone on April 9 )

Free Museums in the South of Israel

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Big Tupperware sale – No Ma’am through 31 Jan 2015

In Israel it seems to be a constant battle trying to buy a reasonably priced product without it falling apart in three seconds.  We used to buy strictly according to price but after being constantly frustrated because we had to buy ANOTHER hairbrush/pencil sharpener/backpack/etc., we decided that for many items, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.  In the kitchen I admit that I have a lot of disposable containers that are re-used often- that is, until my child comes home hysterical because her lunch leaked all over her science project.  Storage containers need to be sturdy to survive your child’s backpack and they need to keep their contents in the container.  Tupperware is one of those brands that you know will last forever- I think everyone has one item from their parents or grandparents that are still going strong.  My favorite Tupperware item is my soup mug with a vent hole on top which NEVER leaks.

If you are looking for a good quality gift for you or your friend, quickly check out the Tupperware sale going on now- 15% off the entire store except pots.  You can look through the catalog here.  To purchase an item (or more), you can contact Einat, the Jerusalem representative at 050-5741815 (Hebrew/English) or on her Facebook page or place an order on the Tupperware web site using code 1000.  The sale ends soon so get your (mishloach manot? Pesach?) order in now!

 

 

Hot meals for 5 shekels- now in Jerusalem

Tel Aviv residents have been enjoying the five shekel meals served by Cofix this winter.  Now, Jerusalem residents can also have a hot meal for only five shekels!

The coffee shop “Pashut Taim” in the tachana merkazit is selling 12 different meals- mejaderra, rice and beans, couscous, noodles, and more.  Each meal weighs 300 grams and is packaged in a 350 ml container:

"היינו רעבים ולא רצינו להוציא 50-40 שקל" (צילום: גיל יוחנן)

Photographer: Gil Yochanan

For the curious, Cofix’s meals are 150-200 grams each.

To see the store in action or if you want to learn more, watch this TV excerpt:

Source: Ynet

Jerusalem price wars: Rami Levy vs. Osher Ad

Yediot Yerushalayim compared prices of basic grocery items in the Rav Hen Rami Levy to the Kanyon Hadar Osher Ad.  Rami Levy came out significantly cheaper for every product:

IMG_3224.JPGSo despite that fact that this Osher Ad just opened, it doesn’t appear to be attracting customers with loss leaders.  Let the buyer beware.

 

A new Osher Ad opening tomorrow, 15 Sept 2014 in Talpiot

I just received a tip from a reader that a new Osher Ad is opening tomorrow, 15 September 2014 in Kanyon Hadar in Talpiot, Jerusalem.  I didn’t know where the new store is opening because this is the ad on Osher Ad’s Facebook page:

Osher Ad is opening in what was formerly Mega Bul and is close to Rami Levy and Shufersal Deal.  Osher Ad has a strong following without advertising or even a web page, known for their good prices and their Costco products.  Here is a list of their branches, phone numbers, and hours:

I recommend that everyone go and check it out- they are bound to have some amazing deals.  Let us know if Costco products can be found there as well!

Sources: Michael Rose and Globes

Shrimp, lobster,and scallops- now kosher!

I happened to be in Petach Tikvah last week for work when I stumbled upon the Landau Fish factory store.

landau dagim

 

While looking in the “vitrina” (display case), I saw all kinds of fish and meat products such as these:

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where if I didn’t see the kosher signs and the obviously religious people working in the store, I would have thought that I was in pork sausage heaven.

One thing I did find that made me quite happy was a product I have not seen in Israel that I have been sorely missing from the US:

This product has been an essential part of our sushi and many other dishes; as you can see, it is fully cooked, gluten free, fat free, has low cholesterol and no preservatives (it is sold frozen).  It comes in shrimp, lobster and scallop flavor.  I did not get the price at the time but you can always call the store before shlepping there.

The Dyna Sea web site does not have a lot of information but they do have a Facebook page in Hebrew and English, where I found a whole bunch of stores that are carrying Dyna Sea products!  Here is the  list:

  1. Landau Dagim, HaSadna 1 Pinat Gispin, Petach Tikvah, 039247724
  2. Landau Dagim, 20 Yosef Hachmei Street (Mahane Yehuda), Jerusalem
  3. Landau Dagim, Sderot Menachem Begin, Mercaz Kalaniot Rova Chet, Ashdod
  4. Ronen and Yossi Dagim, 125 Weizman Street, Kfar Saba, 097660936
  5. Mamlechet HaDagim, 100 Weizman Street, Kfar Saba, 097667564
  6. Dubi Dagim, 8/7 Nachal Nitzanim, Ramat Beit Shemesh, 029990703
  7. Okianus Dagim, 35 Balfour Street, Bat Yam
  8. Mekor HaDagim, 8 Borokhov Street, Raanana, 097439430
  9. Super Dag, 34 Motzkin Street, Raanana, 097714389
  10. Pal Dagim, 63 HaYarkon Street, Bnei Brak
  11.  Avigdor HaDayag Anshei Breishit, Bnai Tzion

I wasn’t able to buy any when I was in Petach Tikvah, but when I do get some, this is what I will be making:

Rigatoni with Shrimp in Tomato and Feta Sauce

Gourmet Magazine

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 garlic clove, minced

6 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup dry white wine

three 14- to 16-ounce cans plum tomatoes including the juice, chopped coarse

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves (preferably flat-leafed)

1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

3/4 teaspoon salt

dried hot red pepper flakes to taste if desired

1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp (about 34)

1 pound dried rigatoni or other tubular pasta

1/2 pound Feta, crumbled (I use bulgarit)

In a kettle cook the onion and garlic in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are softened, add the wine, and boil the mixtures for 1 minute.  Stir in the tomatoes with the juice, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, the basil, the oregano, the salt, and the red pepper flakes and boil the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until it is thickened.  Add the shrimp and cook the mixture over moderate heat, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are defrosted and warm.

In a large kettle of boiling water cook the rigatoni until it is just al dente, drain it well, and stir it into the shrimp mixture.  Stir in 6 ounces of the Feta and salt and pepper to taste, transfer the mixture to a lightly oiled 4-quart glass shallow baking dish, and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley and the remaining 2 ounces of Feta.  Bake the pasta in the middle of a preheated 220C oven for 20 minutes, or until the Feta is bubbling and the top is slightly crusty.

 

 

Cinema City Deals

Cinema City Jerusalem is offering a bunch of deals for the summer:

*Every Friday get a movie and meal for only 49 shekels! Participating movies only.

*Spend 99 shekels or more in any of the stores and get a free ticket to “Paddle Pop Adventures 3” (“מקס האריה”)

*Moadon Kiddie City- every Wednesday at 17:30 there are several kids performances

You can get 1+1 tickets for Cinema City movies with the following credit cards:

  • Leumi Card
  • American Express
  • Diners Club (must spend at least 1500 shekels using the card the month of ticket purchase)
  • Visa CAL- business cards only
  • Mastercard- business cards only

For more information, go to the Cinema City web site or call 1-700-70-22-55

 

Haddock help

A UK reader wrote to me asking where she could find haddock in Israel (if at all).

I just checked, and unfortunately haddock is not being imported to Israel at this time.  I know of  two fish and chips restaurants in Jerusalem -one in Mahane Yehuda and one on Ben Yehuda so I thought I would see what fish they use.

You can see that the fish they use at the Fishenchips restaurant in Mahane Yehuda are lavrak (sea bass), salmon, musht (tilapia), and denis (sea bream).  Apparently they also use cod.

The Fishbar restaurant on Ben Yehuda uses cod, burie (mullet), red tuna, sole, St.Peter (tilapia), and denis (sea bream).

Regarding the Hebrew name, the dictionary says it is חמור ים- “sea donkey” but that does not seem right- I will confirm that it is the official name.

There are a few lists in the blogosphere that translate fish names from Hebrew to English, but my favorite (and the most accurate) one is Marc Gottlieb’s at culinart kosher. I have a few comments, however:

  1. Albacore tuna is “tuna levana”  טונה לבנה and not just tuna.  Skipjack tuna is “tuna behira”  טונה בהירה.
  2. “Salmon” סלמון does not have to be Atlantic salmon- in fact, only Norwegian salmon is imported into Israel.
  3. “Bass” in Hebrew is spelled באס and not בס. There is a non-kosher fish called בסה “basah” which is pangasius.

I hope this helps!  If I hear of haddock being imported, I will let you know.  Thanks for writing in!

Coupons for Beit HaIkar- expire 14 Jan 2014

Recycle with Rakevet Yisrael for a fun Chanukah outing

What to do:

  1. Sign up on the Israel Railways web site and print your voucher.
  2. Go to Tel Aviv Savidor train station on Thursday, November 28, 2013 one hour before the train leaves at either 8:53 or 10:53 with your children.
  3. Pay for each child’s ticket (ages 5-17) with three plastic bottles for recycling (six to add a return trip).
  4. Take a train ride to Jerusalem.
  5. Enjoy the Biblical Zoo (50% off child ticket), the Israel Museum (free)  and the Science Museum (10 shekels off child ticket).

The fine print:

  1. Space is limited.  A seat is not guaranteed (you may be standing).
  2. You can register up to two adults and six children.
  3. Children under five are free; adults pay full price.
  4. The museum deals are valid that day even if you don’t ride the train if you bring 3 bottles for recycling

This sounds like a lot of fun- hope to see you there!

 

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