about a year ago i bought a hand fan at a cute little shop with the most amazing clothes,blankets, jewellery etc. from around the world. unfortunately i lost this fan so about a month ago i went to that little shop again.
to find it you walk through shuk hacarmel (from the alenby side) until you can turn left. if the shop is opened you will know that it is the one.
so i bought another fan and sat down with the owner as i was in no hurry. we started talking and talking and time flew. he seems to live in his shop as there is a small kitchen and a build in gallery where he seems to sleep. so it felt more like a living room and a shop at the same time. a friend of him dropped by and stayed with us to eat some watermelon. she was gorgeous and we started talking about book, environment, tel aviv, the housing protest and the world. we talked about books that move people, spiritual books, movies, music.... (listening to tracy chapman and a lot of world music.)
time just flew and i ended up staying there for about 4-6 hours, i don't even remember. it was like an island in time, a place where time stood still and it did not really matter.
we also sold some stuff together as if it was the most natural thing to do. everyone was stunned who walked into the shop. some people came for a coffee, just to talk, to buy something or just to enjoy the atmosphere.
unfortunately the last time i went there (with some grapes and the second book "the te of piglet" as a present) the shop was closed... i really hope everything is ok and i will be able to give something back.
as i am going to give back "the tao of pooh", i wanted to buy it for myself and maybe even "the te of piglet". i was looking all over the internet and tel aviv. but it takes ages (21 days) for most websites to ship the books to israel and most shops that sell english books here did not have it as it is a bit older.
after visiting about four book stores in a row, one of the owners advised me to try "halpers books" on 87 alenby street. and i did.
so this is how i found the second place where i could spend hours on an island in time... it is hard to find as the entrance is in a backyard but once you are there you don't want to leave.
picture a labyrinth stuffed with secondhand books in various languages, narrow pathways, books up to the ceiling and this smell of old books that makes your heart jump with excitement and makes you feel home.
i asked the owner if he has the toa of pooh and he knew almost exactly where to find it. i paid 30 shekels for the tao of pooh and the te of piglet (which is about 6 euros!).
if you are in tel aviv, make sure to pay both shops a visit!
halpers books also buys books if they are in good condition.
book crossing is one of those wonderful ideas that adds some adventure to the participants life. you can release book into the wild for others to hunt =) i just love this idea. all you have to do is to sign up (for free) and start hunting or releasing books.
here is how it works:
after signing up to bookcrossing.com you can register your book and label it with a unique tracking number the website will provide you with. now release it where ever you want (just make sure it is in a safe spot) and tell people about it (again over the website).
now to hunt it people just have to go to the section about recently released books, find it in the spot you left it and report that this book is cached!
if you own a small business you can even open a safe zone for free books that people will leave.
i would really like to hunt some books here in israel but it does not seem to be very popular or well known of here... only some tourists leave books in hotels somewhere in jerusalem. if someone wants to start some hunting with me just let me know and we will get it started =)
some days ago i had to think about these dough pockets filled with good stuff i ate in london a long time ago. as i cant remember the name i am now trying to make something similar... here is my first try =)
these are much smaller than the originals i had in mind but you can make them any size you like.
for the dough you will need:
2,5 cups flour (whatever kind you like)
2 tsp. yeast (or half a package)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup. warm water
1/4 cup sugar (if you want them to be sweet)
1/2 tsp. salt
a bit of olive oil
1 egg or 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of hot water
for the filling:
salt & pepper
basil pesto or a lot of fresh herbs
your favorite cheese (i used white bulgarian cheese)
some slightly cooked vegetables
something sweet like chocolate spread.
dissolve the 2 tsp. (or 1/2 packet) of yeast in 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 tsp. sugar. Let stand about 10 minutes.
mix 2,5 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar (optional), and a pinch of salt. add about a tablespoon of olive oil and the water/yeast mixture. if it is too dry add about one tablespoon of water at a time. knead until the dough is smooth (about 7-8 minutes).
cover and place in a warm spot for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
preheat oven to 180°C/450F.
when dough has doubled in size, roll it out very thin and cut roundish shapes out of it. give some of your filling in the middle of the shapes you cut, close them and mark the edges with a fork. you could use just about anything to stuff these little pockets. let them sit for 10 min.
mix the egg in a small bowl, add some salt and olive oil and cover your little pockets with the mixture (so they will get a nice golden colour) OR mix together 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of hot water. when the baking soda has dissolved, dunk the proofed pockets one at a time, and set them back onto the sheet tray. brush each pocket with some olive oil and a tiny bit of mustard, and lightly dust each pretzel with some salt.
the day before yesterday almost half a million israelis went to the streets in cities all over israel to protest against the high cost of living and all the social injustice that they face every day.
if you compare these numbers to the total inhabitants of israel (about 6 million) it would be like a protest with 5 million people in germany for example or over 12 million in the US!
this was for sure the biggest social protest israel ever saw and fortunately they managed to do so without any violence. it is mainly the middle class of israel, young families who sparked this "revolution" as they in particular have to suffer by the high cost of life and the low salaries.