Dana Kessler

Dana Kessler has written for Maariv, Haaretz, Yediot Aharonot, and other Israeli publications. She is based in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s Newest Delicacy? Chocolate Shawarma

New hybrid confection swaps the block of rotating meat for a slab of chocolate

The Land of Milk and Honey Becomes a Land of High-End Chocolate

Chocolate Week begins in Israel, spotlighting dozens of artisan chocolatiers that have sprung up in the past few years

Israeli Musician Ariel Zilber Denied Lifetime Achievement Award

Right-wing artist’s snub sets off a firestorm about free speech and art

Israel’s New Gourmet Arabic Restaurant Is a Hit

Yousef Hanna’s upscale Magdalena serves Galilee-style Arabic food

Tel Aviv Parties in Solidarity with Migrants

City-wide celebration of African culture to raise awareness of asylum seekers

Israel’s Desert Blooms—With Strawberries, Carrots, and Herbs—on The Salad Trail

On an agricultural farm in the Negev, visitors learn how to plant their own vegetable gardens for Tu B’Shevat

Getting a New Perspective on Jewish Holidays—Through the Eyes of a Child

I didn’t know about the holidays until my son came home from preschool wearing a cardboard Hanukkah candle on his head

Israeli Olive Growers Discover That Thinking Small Can Deliver Big Results

Boutique olive-oil producers gain popularity in Israel, but cheap imported oil—often lower quality—threatens the fledgling industry

Jews From Cochin Bring Their Unique Indian Cuisine to Israeli Diners

On a moshav in southern Israel, the women behind Matamey Cochin keep alive the flavors of an ancient Jewish community

Talking New Israeli Cuisine in New York City

Janna Gur and Gil Hovav head to New York for a series of food events

Israeli Chefs Go Back to Their Roots To Find Inspiration in the Kitchen

Old family recipes—from Morocco, Iraq, or Poland—in a new context offer a new range of options for Israeli restaurants

Culinary Revolution Brings the Flavor of the Far East to the Middle East

Chinese food has long been a staple, but now Israeli restaurants offer dishes from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, and India

Seymour Stein, Record Company Man Who Signed the Ramones and Madonna

The music mogul and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talks about his faith in God, rockstar Kabbalah, and the soundtracks of life

Upscale Arabic Restaurants Gain a Wider Audience Among Israel Foodies

Forget cheap hummus shops. Arabic cuisine is coming into its own in Israel, as fine dining for Arabs and Jews alike.

Israel’s Ice Cream Gets Creative For Summer

From to monkey orange to tahini, glidah flavors keep getting wackier

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