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Warm, friendly, sumptuous, Hamish – a multi-course banquet for everyone. That is how I would describe the Shabbos lunch at The David Citadel Hotel, a Jerusalem landmark. The talented staff including the manager, the chef and the servers were outstanding.

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The menu on the cold starter buffet was both extensive and varied… something for everyone. There were at least 25 types of salads, fish and sushi selections for starters. A highlight for our table of three was homemade chopped liver. By the time we were ready for the hot entrees, we were full. But, yes we continued to feast.

The hot buffet included a beef carving station, poultry and several types of meat specialties. There was a Middle Eastern inspired chicken, classic sliced tongue and several vegetable sides. A standout was the hotel’s signature cholent with kishka. Outstanding!

And then came dessert – actually many desserts! Lavish and luscious cookies, cakes, mousse, and fruit. By the way, Chef Avi Turgeman does not use any non-dairy creamer in his desserts. He makes his own creamy toppings and fillings from coconut milk. (Yes, we have requested a recipes to share!)

David Citadel Dining Room MobileSince we stayed in the area, we were able to walk to the David Citadel for lunch. For a real treat however, consider staying at the hotel over Shabbat. The rooms and public spaces are lovely; there are daily minyans in the hotel's beautiful Bais Medrash (synagogue and study hall). 

When visiting Israel, we suggest considering the experience of a hotel Shabbat lunch or dinner. We certainly enjoyed our lunch at the David Citadel, and highly recommend it. Several of the leading hotels in Jerusalem provide Shabbos dinner and lunch. Granted, these meals are a splurge, but worth it as a special treat. When in Israel, we suggest that you experience this at least once. The excellent service, and the variety and quality of the food at the David Citadel were superb. Keep in mind, reservations must be made and paid in advance.

Much appreciation to hotel manager Hadas Barak for her hospitality!

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Eating Jerusalem texted

My husband and I were fortunate enough to visit Israel in late November. This trip was different than our previous ones. We were there to vacation, some R&R, and to visit our grandson who attended Yeshiva Mevaseret Tzion. There was nothing planned on our itinerary except to explore and enjoy Jerusalem.

And explore we did... from learning the ticket process for the sleek light rail, to understanding the bus schedules, to visiting some of Jerusalem’s many sites. From the neighborhoods to the Kotel, we walked and walked and walked. I was not wearing a Fit Bit or Apple watch, but it had to be thousands and thousands of steps daily. I unofficially named this trip “Eating and Drinking our way through Jerusalem”. Along with our grandson and sometimes his very willing friends, we enjoyed every bite! Israel’s kashrut is complicated, and the rabbinate is currently undergoing a controversy (so what’s new?) on varying types of kashrut certification. Some of the restaurants mentioned in this series of articles are certified Rabbanut Yerushalayim, which is not accepted by all; and some are Mehadrin Yerushalayim, a more widely accepted level of certification. I suggest that you call the restaurant, ask your rabbi or refer to the restaurant’s website for certification details- since certification changes quite often.

Shabbos Lunch at the David Citadel Hotel
Warm, friendly, sumptuous, Hamish – a multi-course banquet for everyone. That is how I would describe the Shabbos lunch at The David Citadel Hotel, a Jerusalem landmark. The talented staff, including the manager, the chef and the servers, were outstanding. Read more about Shabbos Lunch at the David Citadel. . .

Piccolino
Piccolino exceeded our expectations in taste, presentation and service. There were smiles all around when we entered, and friendly, efficient, accommodating service through the superb dinner. And what a dinner it was! Read more about Piccolino. . .

Lechem Basar - Meat and Eat
Lechem Basar, known as "Meat and Eat" in English, is located in Jerusalem’s old train station. Both the restaurant and the center are bustling, fun, eclectic, “happening” venues -- especially at night. The décor and ambiance combine both the old and new in an updated setting of shops, bars and eateries. Read more about Lechem Basar . . .

 

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Piccolino exceeded our expectations in taste, presentation and service. There were smiles all around when we entered, and friendly, efficient, accommodating service through the superb dinner. And what a dinner it was!

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Smoked Salmon lox

We were delighted to be hosted by Piccolino owner Nava Bibi along with her family. Nava is a legend in Israel’s professional food community. Her experience spans 30 years in the hotel business, including managing the King David Hotel, and then creating a popular restaurant in the Ticho house, hotel and museum. When the hotel announced its closing, she relocated the restaurant to a historical neighborhood near Zion Square. Her vision for Piccolino was to present simple authentic Italian food, served indoors, in a lovely dining room, and also outdoors in a spacious courtyard. Each day at lunch and dinner, musicians playing live soft music add to the courtyard ambiance.

Gnocchi MobileWe discovered that the name Piccolino comes from an Italian song titled “Poppa Piccolino”, which is about a poor, but happy Italian street musician who sang and played his concertina throughout Italy. All loved him. Nava chose the name because the restaurant’s mission is to combine food and joy. Nava says: “When we established Piccolino, we had in mind a warm Jerusalem atmosphere, family-oriented with generous, joyful and courteous service. In our opinion, she has achieved her dream. Our dinner at Piccolino was one of our best meals, ever!

For those who would like to eat along virtually with us we present the mouthwatering menu. (Or even better, visit the restaurant!)

The menu was prepared by talented Chef Avdiel Moshe. His emphasis on fresh ingredients was evident. The menu included: Gravlax; Focaccia with roasted pepper and goat cheese; Seared Tuna tartare on a bed of green bean and vegetable salad with an olive oil lemon dressing; Focaccia with cheese and peppers; Homemade Gnocchi, Arancini - Risotto rice balls with mushroom and mascarpone filling;

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Fresh fillet of drumfish; and my favorite-Artichoke ravioli served with a sauce of olive oil, garlic, herbs and artichokes a alla romano.

Dessert was an assortment of the restaurant’s specialties including lotus cake and tiramisu. Fabulous!
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and accommodates private parties. Mehadrin kosher certification.

 

    Picollino desserts   Tuna tartar Mobile Terramiso Mobile
    Picclino Desserts   Tuna Tartar  Tiramisu
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Lechem Basar, known as "Meat and Eat" in English, is located in Jerusalem’s old train station. Both the restaurant and the center are bustling, fun, eclectic, “happening” venues -- especially at night. The décor and ambiance combine both the old and new in an updated setting of shops, bars and eateries.

We arrived at Lechem Basar very hungry, but certainly did not leave that way. The dinner was a feast; each entrée layered with aromatic Middle Eastern flavors and inspiration. Yes, confession here, we over-ate, but we enjoyed every bite. There were three of us, and we were served family style so that we could taste the restaurant’s many specialties. We certainly appreciated the warm hospitality of owner Rami Ran and restaurant manager Kfir Edri. They graciously arranged the tasting, and selected some of their most popular dishes. We invite you to join us virtually as we feature a memorable culinary experience...

Starters:
Panzanella salad
Layers of croutons, cherry tomatoes, radishes and onion- all in a citrus based dressing

Smoky Grilled Eggplant
Well charred eggplant seasoned with Israeli spices and served with oregano,
roasted tomatoes, tahini, pomegranate sauce and extra virgin olive oil

   Lechem basar foccacio E Mobile  
   Foccacia

Flat pastry with tomato sauce, beef ragout, roasted peppers and olives

   chicken salad Lechem Basar E Mobile  
       Spring Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken sautéed with onions, roasted tomatoes, garlic confit, green beans
topped withs spring greens

Entrées:
(Nope, we’re not nearly done yet!)

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Lamb Sini’Ya
Lamb stew seasoned with middle eastern aromatics, pine nuts,
roasted peppers and tahini on a bed of roasted eggplant cream
and covered with a fresh pita pastry. This was a simply spectacular presentation

Succulent Grilled Spring Chicken Pargiot
This boneless chicken is served with a marinade of sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic confit

Entrecote Steak - An aged steak served with a side of chimichurri, and fries
Fresh pita bread and a lovely Gamla Merlot 2013 accompanied dinner.

Dessert was divine and chocolate, but I could only take 2 bites!
The Galaxy is a crispy chocolate ball with inside layers of Lotus Creme Anglais and crunchy crumble, enrobed in velvety chocolate, and drizzled with chocolate sauce. (Yes, all of the leftovers went in a doggie bag.)

For those that enjoy a Middle Eastern inspired meat dinner, generous portions and an informal contemporary atmosphere, add this to your Jerusalem restaurant list. The next time we go back to Lechem Basar, we’re going to try the burgers. The Buzz, shared with us by diners at the next table, "the burgers are delicious".  Lechem Basar has Mehadrin Kosher Certification.

 

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10 Stuffings for the Turkey

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Famous pairs: Adam and Eve, Ben and Jerry, Bert and Ernie, Batman & Robin, wine and cheese, corned beef and rye…and of course, turkey and stuffing. At Thanksgiving, most Americans consider the stuffing just as important as the turkey!  Some call it dressing; some put it inside the turkey and some serve it on the side. Stuffing can be fruity, savory, made of rice, farfel, matzoh meal, cornbread, bread crumbs, quinoa and more. It can be parve, meat, or even gluten-free. Many stuffing recipes are family heirlooms, passed down from a grandmother’s or bubbie’s kitchen, or can be simply made from a convenient stuffing mix. We are presenting some of our favorites, including some packaged choices. Enjoy!  ... And by the way, do send us a recipe for your favorite stuffing recipe.

Wild Rice Cranberry Apple Stuffing
Gluten Free Wild Rice Stuffing
Classic Bread Stuffing
Daphne Oz‘ Mushroom & Vegetable  Stuffing
Challah Stuffing
Chestnut Stuffing

Easy Corn-Bread Stuffing
Herbed Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Stuffing
Herbed Stuffing with Jack's Kosher Gourmet Sausage

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