Guy Gamzu’s Aria in Tel Aviv

Guy Gamzu’s Aria in Tel Aviv

One of the perks of owning Hal’s Kitchen is making connections. We have been fortunate to host chefs from Israel through a partnership with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. In February, Chef Guy Gamzu provided a delicious, traditional Moroccan dinner to a sold out crowd. Naturally, when we decided to visit Israel, I looked him up. He was quick to respond with a gracious invitation to his restaurant, Aria, and we went on our second day in Tel Aviv. The two story restaurant…

Learn to Love the Little Lentil

Learn to Love the Little Lentil

There are some pretty amazing food blogs and recipe sites. Some of my favorites are Food Republic and Tasting Table. What I’ve learned is that some people feel the recipes are beyond their reach. I say they are not, but let’s take the fear out of cooking the exotic. Since my current obsession is Mediterranean cooking, let’s talk about Lentils. Do you know which country produces the most lentils? I’ll give you a hint, they also produce a lot of maple syrup. Canada!…

A Good Cook is Like a Sorceress who Dispenses Happiness

A Good Cook is Like a Sorceress who Dispenses Happiness

As Seen In: Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Atlanta’s Finest magazine (page 25) By Elsa Schiaparelli [framed_image align=”left”][/framed_image]Cyndi Sterne has always had a passion for food. After years of leading wildly popular cooking classes for adults and children alike at the Marcus Jewish Community CEnter, Cyndi had the inspiration to open her own school and name it after her encouraging father, Hal. Now her class attendees are raving about how much fun they have and how much they learn. Each class is approximately 3…

Top Israeli Chef to Give Cooking Classes in Brookhaven

Top Israeli Chef to Give Cooking Classes in Brookhaven

As Seen On: CBS Better Mornings Atlanta By Rebekka Schramm [framed_image align=”left”][/framed_image]Renowned Israeli chef Avi Bitton is in Atlanta this week, leading cooking classes in advance of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Chef, restaurateur and author Avi Bitton is visiting from Tel Aviv, Israel, where he started four top-rated restaurants, including Adora, named one of the top ten restaurants in Israel. Bitton hosts two shows on Israel’s main TV networks called, A Maximum of 24 and Global Kitchen. He is also a frequent…

Leftovers

Leftovers. The word does not conjure many pleasant memories for many, but I can’t stand wasting perfectly delicious food. I’ve often tried to unsuccessfully sell leftovers to my children by stating something along the lines of, “It seems like you have had a tough day. I didn’t want to add any surprises to your difficulties, so we are just having the same thing as last night.” Leftovers fall into two categories. It’s love or hate. I’m sure that is not just in my…

My Favorite Night

Looking back at my blogs, I’ve noticed the majority focus on my favorite night of the week: Friday. Friday nights always include my brother and sister in law, and as of late, my best friend, Sassy and her two boys. If you have read with any regularity, you will note that we occasionally have special guest s, but a regular seat at my table is the toughest ticket in town. Sassy and I were friends for years before she became a regular. This…

What Kind of Mother Are You?

For a while, my kids thought I was dating someone named Pete. Not the Pete who is mentioned in previous blogs, but as in “For the love of PETE, would you cut that out??? You are making me bachulya! (ba-hool-ya: Yiddish for crazy.)” It’s not really recommended parenting from the experts. However; it occasionally gets a laugh which causes a distraction from whatever they were doing that was creating havoc. One of my sons asked me if we could have chicken nuggets for…

Game On: Big Game and Tailgating Cooking Classes

As Seen On: UrbanDaddy.com [framed_image align=”left”][/framed_image]Come, lend us your imagination. We’re about to take you to a land of hot wassail, burning leaf piles, lazy football Sundays and deer hunting at dawn. We’re also about to take you to cooking classes. But don’t worry, they still involve football and hunting. And beer. So in the interest of maintaining a well-rounded lifestyle this fall, say hello to Big Game and Tailgating Cooking Classes at Hal’s Kitchen, registering now for September. To be clear, these…

So, About Last Night…

So, about last night… it started with me being late for dinner with the girlfriends. Really late. Over half an hour late. Let me just apologize to the girls one more time: I’m sorry. I’ll try not to be that late again. Back to the story of why I was late. I got a last minute call from my neighbor for a jalapeno. It just so happened that I had some left over from the Thai One On class earlier in the week.…