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Emergency numbers
Police 100
Hatzolah AND Ambulance 101
Fire 102

Restaurants

Jerusalem

NameLocationTypeHechsherReview
Agas VetapuachIn City HallDairyOUDrago
Ahavat Hayamnear Gan SacherFishRabbanut Mehadrin
Bagget MarcianoKanfei NesharimShnitzel sandwichesRabbanut Mehadrin
Big AppleBen YehudaPizzaRabbanut Mehadrin
Big AppleParanPizzaRabbi Weiner, Rabbanut Mehadrin
Burgers BarBeit HadfusFast foodRubin
Cafe CafeKanfei NesharimDairyBadatz Beit Yosef
Cafe De MasaBen YehudaDairy/MeatRabbanut Mehadrin
Cafe RimonBen YehudaDairyRabbanut Mehadrin
Cafe RimonMamillaDairyRabbanut Mehadrin
EntrecoteGolda Meir, Har ChotzvimUpscale MeatRubin
Felafel HateimaniYoel, Bukharian ShukFelafel
GabrielShimon Ben ShatachUpscale meatBadatz Beit Yosef
GabrielaShimon Ben ShatachDairyBadatz Beit Yosef
Greg'sMamillaDairy CafeRabbanut Mehadrin
Grill BarCity centerIsraeliMachpoud
HaburganimParanBurgers, Sandwiches   Rubin
Halo TeimanKnisa La'irShwarmaMachpoud
HaSalatiyaHillelSalad BarRabbanut Mehadrin
Keyara RambanSit-down FleishigAgudat Yisraelmoish
LucianaMamillaDairyRabbanut Mehadrin
MaozKing GeorgeShwarma
Miro'sNear the MirFelafelEida Chareidis
ModernRabbanut
Moshiko Falafel/Shwarma Ben YehudaRabbanut
MuscatKanfei NesharimDairyRubin
NoyaShlomtzion HamalkaMeatRabbanut Mehadrin
OsakaAgripasSushiChatam Sofer PT
PapagaioTalpiotSit-down MeatOUchuchem
PrimaveraLeonardo PlazaDairy
Red Heifer26 King David StreetMeatRubinLet3 Armadillo ChaikelRots
RiccotaHar ChotzvimDairy ItalianRabbanut Mehadrin
Rimon BistroBen YehudaMeatMachpoud
RodriguezHar ChotzvimMeatMachpoudmoish Rots5
Sam's BagelsBen YehudaBagels
Shalom FelafelBetzalelFelafel
SheyanRambanAsianAgudat Yisrael
The Spaghetti'sMamilla mallDairyRabbanut Mehadrin
Sushi Garden YirmiyahuSushiChasam Sofer BBMoishebatchy
SosumiIbn ShaprutSushiRabanut Mehadrin
Uzi's FalafelYishayahuFalafelEida Chareidis
Waffle BarParanDairyRubinMoishebatchy
Waffle BarBeit HadfusDairyRubin

Tel Aviv/Center

NameLocationTypeHechsherReview
Cinnabon          Rabin Square, Tel Aviv       Bakery              Rabbanut           Moishebatchy

Many restaurants have 10% coupons on eLuna.com.

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Activities

Jerusalem Area

Begin Museum- outside the Old City
Caliber 3- Shooting Range in Gush Etzion
Ramparts Walk- on top of the Old City walls
Kotel Tunnel Tours
Time Elevator in Jerusalem- Don't waste your time.
City of David (Ir David)-Amazing-you must take a tour to fully understand the site.
Segway tour-interesting way to waste a few hrs-NOT an absolute must do


Tel Aviv/Center

Blind or Deaf Museum in Cholon- Blind, amazing. Deaf, good. Prior reservation needed.
Hagana Museum in Tel Aviv--15NIS per adult; students free; a bit disjointed and kind of fake acting in the videos, but mostly very interesting and educational.
Bullet Factory in Rechovot
Mini Israel- Love it or hate it

North

Rosh Hanikra- Way up north

Golan Heights

Tel Dan nature reserve (similiar to Banias Waterfall -slightly easier & toddler friendly)
Banias Waterfall
Nimrod's Fortress in the Golan
Kayaking down the Jordan River
Mount Hermon Ski Lift
Mount Bental Overlook/Bunkers
Golan Heights Winery
Yehudiya Nature Reserve Hiking

South

Nachal Dragot (aka Darja)- an intense hike near the Dead Sea
Sunrise tour of Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea aprx $70

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #30 on: April 12, 2010, 12:09:38 PM »
Go to Papagayo in Talpiot
It has a mehadrin hechsher and is unreal. Their meats beat alot of american fancy restaurants.
For 179 you get all you can eat. They will serve you 7 diffrent type of meats (2 amazing steaks) after you tried all 7 you can tell them which ones you liked and have as much as you want. Its really amazing. Forget about el gaucho in Ramat Gan, this is the real deal!!!

Is it considered mehadrin?
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2010, 12:33:21 PM »
Sheyan- You must try their cocktails... Very different! Also their coconut pasta... delicious! And for dessert they have a chocolate-peanut butter mousse- Heaven.... As for entrees, they're all equally as good so I would recommend going with a few people and sampling a little of each....
             
my experience of the cocktails were quite the opposite. overpriced and not good. .....and i hope heaven is a lot better than a blah peanut butter mousse. i guesss to each their own.

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2010, 12:39:23 PM »
Sheyan was OK the one time I was there...nothing to go crazy about.
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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2010, 04:48:55 PM »
Learned here something new.
Usa food just became a refference ?  (!)


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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2010, 12:21:57 AM »
what do they have in europe? (aside from paris)

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2010, 01:27:44 AM »
what do they have in europe? (aside from paris)

 Vienna has Milk & Honey a GREAT dairy restaurant

Rome has several Meat and Milhig places

 London has serveral Meat & Milhig as well

 ok not 5* but way better then simply some hot kosher food, really decent

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #36 on: April 13, 2010, 09:16:55 AM »
are you really comparing these restaurants to whats available in ALL of america?

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #37 on: April 13, 2010, 09:49:28 AM »
I wasn't talking about the amount of places or heap size on the plate.
I was talking about the taste. You have in Paris, London, and Antwerp, some very good places.

Frankly speaking, I don't need the top of the top, I love fast food, but in the USA, the food tastes artificial (not sure how to explain it otherwise)

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2010, 10:11:56 AM »
are you really comparing these restaurants to whats available in ALL of america?

 Nope not at all, however if you remove those so called 5* Kosher restaurants, then these I mentioned I feel are alot beter then what youd have in the US

 as SuperFlyer put it so well, its not what you see or how nice the place looks but how does the food taste. As for Milk & Honey in Vienna , I happened to have liked their their Italian food much better then what I had in Rome, Pizza wise

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2010, 10:36:55 AM »
I wasn't talking about the amount of places or heap size on the plate.
I was talking about the taste. You have in Paris, London, and Antwerp, some very good places.

Frankly speaking, I don't need the top of the top, I love fast food, but in the USA, the food tastes artificial (not sure how to explain it otherwise)
im wondering in how many restaurants youve eaten in the states to make such a blanket statement. im assuming you havent eaten in the fine dining establishments if you say it tastes artificial.

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2010, 11:31:43 AM »
Have you been to the new La Gondola or Shiloh's? I'm not sure how those don't qualify as fine dining.  Although granted I had one bad experience at Shiloh's but otherwise very positive.
And Tierra Sur is incredible, especially with the Costco certs!

 TS even w/o the Costco cards is suppose to be awesume and worth it. But Im usually alone out there so fast service is how I go. And the Fish Grill is the slowest I want to come across

 Ok havent done the new LaG and will admitt I didnt know they changed

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2010, 09:13:15 PM »
As we were traveling with a toddler, we did more eating than anything else.

Some places we ate and things we did:

While staying at the CP, we walked to the kosel on shabbos afternoon and took the bus back for free after shabbos.
We got our food for shabbos from heimishe essen in rechavia which was a tad pricey but delicious food.

-We ate at cafe rimon-fleishig which was good as usual.
-We ate at a place on emek refaim called "cafe cafe" which apparently is a dairy chain restaurant. This one was under rabbanut yerushalayim mehadrin. It was pretty good and i would eat there again if we went back.
-We ate ate at primavera on yom hazikoron as it was the only restaurant we could find that was still open after 8 pm. The food was pretty good, however the servise was lousy as they were really packed and we were sitting right by the door.
-Korusin in Malcha mall is chinese food and had a nice business lunch (appetizer, soup and main) until 6 pm for only 49 NIS

In tiveriya:
-we ate dinner at a place called cuizina which did not impress us.
-The next night we ate dinner at a place 3 doors down from cuizina (towards the kinneret) which was much better and gave much nicer portions. I dont remember the name of it )might have been called besari or something like that) but it was the only restaurant there under the rubin hashgacha...
-For breakfast, we ate at sherrys one morning which was amazing.
-The next morning we ate at Cafe C and were disappointed after such a great meal at sherrys. We even went back to sherrys after breakfast the second day to get their outstanding ice coffee (they put a ball of ice cream in it and whipped cream-very good!)

Something we did that would be great for anyone with kids: Near bet she'an, there is a place called gan guru. It is basically a kangaroo park with lots of other stuff. You are able to walk right up to the kangaroos and feed them, pet them etc. My son had a great time with them. There were some other animals there too. Admission was pretty cheap and i had a 10% coupon from the tourist information place in tiveriya.

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #42 on: April 21, 2010, 12:14:29 AM »
I suggest visit a visit up north, Tzefas, Meron ect and down south, toward the Yam Hamelech, Masada and Ein Gedi. If you can stop at many Kevarim, depending on your direction, the Rambam, R Meir Baal Haness, Amukah, R Akiva, Rochel(R Akivas wife) ect. The Zoo is a nice trip in Yerushalayim. If you just want a regular lunch, you can go to Sams Bagels.

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #43 on: April 21, 2010, 02:27:15 AM »
As we were traveling with a toddler, we did more eating than anything else.

Some places we ate and things we did:

While staying at the CP, we walked to the kosel on shabbos afternoon and took the bus back for free after shabbos.
We got our food for shabbos from heimishe essen in rechavia which was a tad pricey but delicious food.

-We ate at cafe rimon-fleishig which was good as usual.
-We ate at a place on emek refaim called "cafe cafe" which apparently is a dairy chain restaurant. This one was under rabbanut yerushalayim mehadrin. It was pretty good and i would eat there again if we went back.
-We ate ate at primavera on yom hazikoron as it was the only restaurant we could find that was still open after 8 pm. The food was pretty good, however the servise was lousy as they were really packed and we were sitting right by the door.
-Korusin in Malcha mall is chinese food and had a nice business lunch (appetizer, soup and main) until 6 pm for only 49 NIS

In tiveriya:
-we ate dinner at a place called cuizina which did not impress us.
-The next night we ate dinner at a place 3 doors down from cuizina (towards the kinneret) which was much better and gave much nicer portions. I dont remember the name of it )might have been called besari or something like that) but it was the only restaurant there under the rubin hashgacha...
-For breakfast, we ate at sherrys one morning which was amazing.
-The next morning we ate at Cafe C and were disappointed after such a great meal at sherrys. We even went back to sherrys after breakfast the second day to get their outstanding ice coffee (they put a ball of ice cream in it and whipped cream-very good!)

Something we did that would be great for anyone with kids: Near bet she'an, there is a place called gan guru. It is basically a kangaroo park with lots of other stuff. You are able to walk right up to the kangaroos and feed them, pet them etc. My son had a great time with them. There were some other animals there too. Admission was pretty cheap and i had a 10% coupon from the tourist information place in tiveriya.

Welcome back!!
  Thanks for the reports. Where did you stay in Tiveria? What rates?

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Re: Israel Master Thread: Things To Do, Places To Eat
« Reply #44 on: April 21, 2010, 10:34:28 PM »
Welcome back!!
  Thanks for the reports. Where did you stay in Tiveria? What rates?

When looking for hotels, they all seemed to have pretty bad reviews and pretty expensive. I did not feel like wasting 15,000 priority club points on the holiday inn which looked terrible. I figured if im paying $, i should at least get something nice.

I found an apartment on a website called diradirect.com
There are only 3 apartments listed there in tiveriya and all three are listed by the same person-Devora.
They are rented out by an agency in tiveriya (meaning she is not the owner).

We booked them very last minute so i ended up paying only 550 NIS per night (~$147) We stayed in the one called echad ha'am (which is the name of the street its on.) It was a little bit out off the beaten path and you need a car to get there. Here is a map of where it was: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Ahad+Ha%27Am+118,+Tiberias/Tverya,+Israel&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=%D7%90%D7%97%D7%93+%D7%94%D7%A2%D7%9D+118,+%D7%98%D7%91%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%94,+Israel&gl=us&ei=ua_PS-WCC5O4NoGl_MgG&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CAwQ8gEwAA

It was pretty nice inside. It was small. basically 1.5 bedrooms upstairs with a bathroom. Downstairs was a kitchen, living room, dining area, marpesset overlooking kinneret, washing machine with detergent etc. It was fully furnished. There was a bottle of wine on the table which i think was for us (even though we didnt drink it). There was coffee, sugar etc. Bag of bought-ice in the freezer (something i could not find for the life of me the week before) A/c. ample parking. about a 5-6 minute drive to where the restaurants are. About a 3 minute drive to the shtiblach. Unbelievable view of the kinneret. You can see from the map that its practically on the kinneret. The road between you and the kinneret is way down below as you are very high up.

If you are going with a baby, keep in mind that their cribs are not meant for a baby that can stand up already as it was kind of small.

Another option we saw was some tzimmers. We did not end up doing that because we wanted more than one room as we were with a toddler. This one: http://www.booking.com/hotel/il/view-10.en.html?aid=314059;label=tripad-il-45966;sid=f575abb1242ca47e829a9f1074801ffc;checkin=2010-04-13;checkout=2010-04-16 called "nof 10" had pretty good reviews on trip advisor and looks really nice. I found many other tzimmers looking around and for sure would have stayed in one had we been by ourselves. Keep in mind that nof 10 and some others are in a place called amirim which is strictly vegetarian and will not allow you to bring any sort of meat in.

On a separate note, another thing we did (more of a yerushalayim/ tel-aviv activity) was the safari/zoo in ramat gan. Entrance was 55 NIS a person but was worth it IMO. You basically drive in and can drive right up to the animals: zebras and lots of other animals. They say not to feed them, but ive seen many people do it anyways. If you open your windows and stick your hand out, the animals will come right up to your car windows sometimes. (i have a picture from a few years ago of a zebra eating a piece of matza out of my lap while im sitting in the car) There is a lion area you can drive through which is kind of dumb as the lions just sit way in the back behind an electric fence and dont move. Then you can park and in the middle is a zoo. The zoo is smaller than the biblical zoo, but was still enjoyable. To top it off, once you're in ramat gan you can hit up el gauchos which is like 10 minutes away.