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  • Restaurant review: Experiencing culinary magic in Birzeit

    A trip to Hosh Al-Elleeya, a restaurant in the heart of Birzeit's old city. Legend has it that the finest restaurant in the West Bank is located in the university town of Birzeit. My friend Gil and I decided to journey there at the end of a day of discovery in Ramallah. We took a 40 sheqel cab there, winding through the northern suburbs, overlooked by the settlement of Beit El. The restaurant Hosh Al-Elleeya is located in the very heart of Birzeit's old city. It opens to a quiet square, surrounded by stone dwellings.  Nothing in Ramallah's modern bustle foretells…

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  • The Kaufman Critique: Hotel Montefiore

    As usual, my birthday comes out on the hottest day of the year. Which is why Karen and I were just a tad apprehensive about our decision to sit outside on the porch of Hotel Montefiore for my annual birthday binge of calories. These fears soon disappeared. First, who can have fear when we found a parking spot right in front of the place. In Tel Aviv you have better odds of winning the lottery. Second, just looking at the revamped building puts you in a good mood. Hotel Montefiore is a boutique hotel with a restaurant sitting in the…

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