Jaffa Travel Guide
Today's Tel Aviv culinary secret revealed is the magical kingdom of Chef Nir Zook. His three hot spots - Cordelia, Noa Bistro and Jaffa Bar are hidden gems in Jaffa, the area's ancient port city.
Chef Zook is a 30-year-old foodie dynamo who grew up on a farm in southern Israel where he learned a thing or two about putting the right ingredients together. He started hosting dinner parties with friends at his apartment in Tel Aviv after which they insisted he open his own place. The result is Cordelia restaurant, where he infuses French classics with Mediterranean touches.
Think ostrich meat with cocoa or a light fish fillet paired with green and white asparagus shavings. One of the best parts about Cordelia is its decor, it's a sort of collection of found objects - from cutlery to mismatched tables and chairs to funky chandeliers, and everything miraculously just goes together. Chef Zook sources the items himself and spends time scouring flea markets for finds continuously.
Natalie Portman and her folksy boyfriend Devendra Banhart went to see the sights in Jaffa, Israel recently, but what's with his ultra-short shorts? They may be cool on the beach or in most American cities, but that is a whole lotta leg for sightseeing abroad.
While Portman sports some demure and clean Bermudas, her sleeve-free arms may also pose a problem if she wants to enter holy buildings, which occasionally ask women to cover up. (In a mosque she would also probably be asked to cover her head out of respect.)
Time to add a pashmina or shawl to our one bag packing list. If Natalie doesn't want to wear it, maybe he could... as a skirt.