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Israeli Cuisine, a Delicious Work in Progress!

CULINARY IN ISRAEL Jewish culinary traditions often date back to Biblical times. Yet while Jews as a people have endured for over 3000 years, the modern state of Israel is relatively young. That coupled with the instability of the Palestinian conflict, have made it difficult for a truly national Israeli cuisine to develop. Nevertheless, a steady influx of Jewish immigrants from around the world has made for an exotic mix of flavors on the Israeli table and in the street.…

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This Week: Free Fall Harvest Festivals, Best New Museum Exhibits for NYC Kids, Queens’ New Destination Playground

After less than a week at school, my daughter says she feels like she never left. Not that she's complaining. Going back-to-school means seeing old friends and after-school playground playdates and a break from me constantly demanding, "Go clean your room!" It also means our big back-to-school giveaway is soon coming to a close. There are still a few excellent prizes up for grabs, including boys' and girls' Schwinn bikes, and KRE-O CityVille Invasion building sets from Hasbro.…

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Meet the “Google Analytics of Beer” one of Tel Aviv’s most unusual high-tech startups


Israeli start-up’s “Alcohol Analytics” aims to track how much beer is consumed in a bar, at what times, and which brands were most popular. The new company offers “Tracking and Marketing Smarts” and it delivers handsomely.

You know that bartender who’s always giving away free samples and a “little extra”  to his best customers? Well, he’s a problem … For the bar owner that is. …

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The new king of the Dead Sea

Leaving buildings, noise, pollution and traffic behind, it was with great expectations and enthusiasm that I set off for a weekday mini-vacation at the newly rebranded and remodeled Herods Hotel at the Dead Sea. With a world-class spa, excellent dining options, large swimming pool and private seaside promenade, Herods Dead Sea is part of the exclusive Fattal chain of hotels that includes the Leonardo Plaza in Jerusalem.…

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Free & Fun Things to Do this Weekend for NYC Kids: San Gennaro, Brooklyn Kite Festival, 92nd Street Y Streetfest September 14-15

The kids are back in school (that's my boy in the photo, heading out to his first day of third grade!) and we parents are back to the grind. Come Saturday, the whole family is going to be ready for some serious fun. Happily, there are plenty of fabulous FREE activities this weekend like Little Italy's annual Feast of San Gennaro, Brooklyn Bridge Park's Kite Festival, the 92nd Street Y's StreetFest, and the cool and creative Morningside Lights lantern-making workshops.…

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When Science/Food/Folklore meet the results are Delicious!

HIGH TECH/SCIENTIFIC ISRAEL Very High Tech! A Food Scientist’s “formula” for extraordinary soft, magnificently delicious dumplings and mouth watering chicken. | (MCT) I thought I’d seen every kind of dumpling imaginable until I came across an amazing recipe in Joe Dabney’s “The Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry Cooking.” In this recipe, Doris’s Chicken and Dumplings, the dumplings are prepared with boiling water in the same manner as cream puff pastry (pate a choux).…

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No more security lines

In addition to taking the guess-work out of your travel arrangements, we are happy to share information to help you make the travel process as fast and smooth as possible.  Most of your vacations include a plane ride (or 2 or 3) and with increased safety precautions, security now takes longer and longer.  Not for long – enter Pre-Check!  Pre-Check is a special quick security line that allows you to breeze through while keeping your shoes and belt on, your liquids stored away and your laptop snuggly in your carry-on.…

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NYC Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Back when my daughter was in kindergarten, her class got into a conversation about world hunger. Her solution? Just go eat at a restaurant. (Marie Antoinette would have been proud.) Clearly my child has been raised on a diet that's heavy on eating out, and why not? New York City has some of the best kid-friendly restaurants anywhere.

Of course dining out doesn't come cheap, especially in this town—unless you happen to be a child.…

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Save on Fall Classes for NYC Kids: Art, Music, Language, Sports & More

We've been working hard on our Classes Guide, updating old posts and adding new ones. Reading about awesome and enriching kids' classes is always fun… until you get to the prices. That's why we’re happy to extend these eight great deals to our readers. Save big on classes like golf, art, guitar, animation and more. Act fast! Most of these bargains will be gone before the fall leaves turn brown.…

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“I’ve never seen so much GOLD in my life”! Discovery at the base of Temple Mount.

HISTORICAL SITES IN ISRAEL “I’ve never seen so much gold in my life”! Archaeologist discovers hoard of Byzantine treasure at Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The find made in an area called Ophel includes a total of 36 gold coins etched with images of Byzantine emperors and a 10cm medallion etched with a Menorah, Shofar made from a rams horn and a Torah Scroll.   …

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Fall Harvest Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Right Here in New York City 2013

Last week we told you about a bunch of fabulous fall festivals like the New York Hall of Science's Maker Faire and the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park. Today we're focusing specifically on harvest celebrations and other seasonal fun like pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides.

While there are plenty of wonderful festivals outside the city on Long Island and in New Jersey, you can enjoy an authentic harvest experience right here in New York City, too.…

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“Israel Kids” and Passover Bingo! What will Israel come up with next?

NEW HAPPENINGS IN ISRAEL“Israel Kids” is a fun family guide to local events and activities around Israel. Simply choose your desired city to get started and you will find affordable and unique activities for all ages and interests.

Rabbi Martin Goodman came up with this great Pesach seder idea. It’s a Bingo game unique to Passover and it covers every aspect of the holiday.…

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Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City: Queens’ Brand-new Destination Playground

The grassy oval centerpiece of the lovely Hunters Point South Park The park boasts unobstructed views of Manhattan throughout The rail gardens are reminiscent of Manhattan's High Line The pavillion provides shade and houses bathrooms and a cafe The state-of-the art playground has amazing equipment and awesome views Water from the sprinklers wraps around half of the AstroTurf mound The toddler area of the playground Outside the playground are other water features, like these gentle ground sprays near the dog run

Long Island City's dramatic transformation into one of the most gorgeous and family-friendly neighborhoods in NYC continues with the recent opening of Hunters Point South Park.…

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Best Museum Exhibits for NYC Kids Fall 2013: 8 Cool New Installations & the Reopening of the Queens Museum

Fall isn't just back-to-school time, it's also the kickoff to a whole new season of cool culture for families. Autumn is when New York City museums and galleries unveil new exhibits and installations, and we've got the scoop on the best ones for kids.

This fall's crop of kid-friendly exhibits is quite eclectic. Families can catch an alfresco flick at an artsy drive-in at the New York Hall of Science, enjoy hands-on design projects at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, learn about the birds and the bugs at the Children's Museum of the Arts and Central Park's Arsenal Gallery, find out what life was like for the crew aboard the Intrepid and more.…

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Celebrating the centenaries of Verdi, Wagner and Benjamin Britten

SALZBURG – During the current six-week Salzburg Summer Festival, there were 11 new operatic productions, seven of which were staged.

Verdi’s epic masterpiece, Don Carlo, adapted from a play by the German dramatist, Friedrich von Schiller, is the longest and most ambitions in his canon. It is a love story set in a background of political intrigue and uncompromising religious fervor.…

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The Travel Adviser: Atonement and repentance

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar. Its themes of atonement and repentance are traditionally observed with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and prayer.

The Yom Kippur confessional consists of two parts: a short confessional beginning with words that translate as “We have sinned,” and a long confession enumerating a range of sins.…

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A Tel Aviv “Bread Story”

CULINARY IN ISRAEL Once upon a time, there was a baker and a chef. They wanted to open a Tel Aviv Cafe, but would it be a restaurant or a bakery? The chef wanted to make comfort food like hamburgers, eggs Benedict and Italian sandwiches. The baker wanted to bake breads and fluffy Brioche. Stirring in a few entrepreneurs from Israel’s start-up food community allowed the baker and chef to set up a new concept cafe called “Bread Story” on a busy corner near Dizengoff Square.…

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This Week: Free Fall Festivals, Best Things to Do with Kids in September, Apple Picking Near NYC, Back-to-School Giveaway

What have you been doing to keep the kids busy these final days of summer break? We here at Mommy Poppins are furiously crossing off items on our summer bucket lists. Yesterday, a few of us got together and spent the day on City Island in the Bronx. Today, we're off to the recently reopened Rockaway Park in Queens. Where do we go for destination inspiration?…

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