This week I received an email titled "Press Tel Aviv" with a few lines visible about a food festival there.
Predictably I was disappointed as the actual email was like so many I receive - asking me to promote a product/service/event for nothing with not even a free cupcake to sweeten the deal.
However I actually thought the event sounded amazing and after double checking that the organisers could not in fact fly me out there, decided to write about it anyway.
(This was a lot to do with the honesty, humour and friendliness of the PR person in this case who joked along with me and was happy to discuss ways of making their straight press release something more interesting.)
In this case they agreed to find one of the chefs participating in the food festival to share a recipe so we could enjoy a bit of Med-style food in less exotic surroundings back here in Blighty (or wherever you are readers.)
So here we have it - not one but TWO lovely recipes, one hot, one cold, from Jonathan Berrebi from Tel Aviv Kosher restaurant "Liliyot" ("Lilies")
Now - if you are lucky enough to be able to visit Tel Aviv this week you should find time to go along toTel Aviv EAT, a 3-day-long celebration of food, bringing together Tel Aviv's culinary scene's highfliers who will cook for the city's foodies.
Foodies will be able to find the following renowned restaurants at the Eat Tel Aviv Festival: Yaffo Tel Aviv, Yahaloma Banamal, Manta Ray, Zakaim, Meshek Barzilay, Lima Nippo, Mexicana, Vicky Cristina, Little Italy, Agadir, Cookeez, Tamara, Dim Sum Shop, and many more.
Sadly I won't be there but will enjoy recreating these two recipes from Jonathan - many thanks to him for sharing them.