Hatraklin – my culinary experience

Over the years the culinary scene in Israel , especially in the big cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem become incredibly amazing, thanks to the the unique diversity of food from all around the world . The fresh ingredients, the  spices and the innovative thinking makes my culinary experience extremely tasteful .

 

One of the restaurant that left me speechless was Hatraklin, a meat & wine Bistro, which located in a restored building that at the 20’s was considered the British troop stationed in Israel.

The original painted floors and wall paintings as meticulously restored to their original, which creates a special atmosphere, like a scene from an old movie .

But first wine 

We sampled two wines from the owner’s Yossi Ben-Udys winery: a muscat wine, and Cabernet Sauvignon , both well suited perfectly with the food.

Starters 

We started with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes: chicken liver pâté with onion jam, served with toast .

The taste of the spread was rich and match perfectly with the delicious pate, which was malted in my mouth .

 The house’s green salad

The refreshing ingredients make this simple salad a winner and an ultimate choice as a first course.  I loved the roasted Almonds, fresh tomatoes and Citrus Vinaigrette.

Sirloin Carpaccio

Delicious carpaccio with parmesan and  arugula which gives a nice bite, while fruity olive oil and cheese balance out the flavours.

The meat

The restaurant specializes in beef, which raise in the Golan Heights, which is then aged in-house for three to four week.

Seared Sirloin

Finely sliced cutlets of raw Sirloin to be cooked on hot stones

The Slices of rare red meat were brought to the table along with a hot stone, for cooking by the guest in the table .

Not only it was the most delicious steak, I ever ate , but also it was so tender , it actually melted in my mouth  .

The second main dish was a generous portion of Roka steak,

The steak made from highly prized Wagyu beef imported from Japan. Shaved slices of medium-rare rump steak were served together with roasted potato and green salad. All the ingredients and the spices blend perfectly with the tender juicy steak.

Death By Chocolate

One of the best dessert I ever had !

The Chocolate was filled with white chocolate and almonds laying on a bed of fresh strawberry with creamy hot chocolate poured table side.

Another super delicious treat was Vanilla Malabie

A Middle Eastern dessert, the Israeli version to Italian Panna Cotta. Traditional Vanilla Cream dessert with Date Honey.

Defiantly the perfect finish to a perfect dinner

  • Also There is a special event called movie night, when food and banquet scenes from films are screened, while the clients get a fixed menu meal.

 

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Alabaster Acres – a luxury tent experience

One of the best experience I had recently, was staying in Alabaster Acres ,a luxury tent in a peaceful forest setting.

I had to admit that since I never slept in a tent, I didn’t know what to expect, and I had some concerns about my adjustment to this kind of vacation. I am not an adventurous person and I consider myself more like a big city girl, however my experience in Alabaster Acres was beyond all my exception and it really changes my perception about glamping tent and all the things that related to camping.

Alabaster Acres is a family farm in the Village of Caledon, not far from Brampton and just one hour away from Toronto. The rustic luxury tent absolutely has it all. From an organic farm that producing unique food options to beautiful green fields with colourful heritage breeds of animals, all in a very friendly atmosphere and fun activities, which can fit perfectly to family with energetic kids.

I adore the way the owner decorated the cozy space. Elegantly furnished tents complete with luxury hotel vibe, stylish design blend with authentic decor, comfy king size bed, white linens, a soft couch and even a fireplace inside the tent for the cold nights. After treating ourself in a bubble bath in the fresh air, outside the tent, we chilled out in a lounge chair by the fireplace with a refreshing sweet cider from Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, then my husband fired up the BBQ, that was located next to the tent, he made a  delicious steak and humbuggers, which we got from Heatherlea Farm Shoppe , a charming local butcher, café and local bakery.  

While my kids had a tour in the farm and got up close to all the animals in the area, such as donkey , horses , chicks, puppies, goats and etc.

Needless to say that my younger son had the time of his life, petting and feeding the animals. it made him so relaxed and happy. The interaction with the animals and the love he got back from them, makes these moments super precious and unforgettable for him.      

I think that Alabaster Acres has the perfect location, since its so closed to the city.  It allows you to have a quick escape from the business of the city and enjoy these peaceful moments with your family, with all the convince that luxury hotel has to offer, so you can actually feel the atmosphere of a country without sacrifice your comfort. 

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Why I fell in love with Masada

The last time I have been in Masada, a castle on top of a rock plateau, was on high school. I completely forgot how beautiful this place is. Masada has stole my heart,  not only that its an historical fortress. that built by king Herod, but also the scenery around the Masada ,with an overlook to the Dead Sea, is just spectacular.

While I was living in

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