Food Candy: All Things Israeli ( Yotveta )

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Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009

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I want to learn Hebrew. I started reading the Jerusalem Post on-line because while Googling for resources I discovered this wonderful page. Pretty soon I was also hooked on websites like Vaad Harabonim and the Newton D. & Rochelle Becker Family Foundation's

Let's not forget iTunes. You can download a lot of free language courses from there. Very interesting stuff if you bother to take the time to look. Coffee Break Spanish from the Radio Lingua Network was my first attempt at learning another language in over twenty years (LOL). I discovered them on iTunes and absolutely love their approach. Funny what you are determined to do when you have small children who will one day be bringing home homework you as a parent may have absolutely no idea how to do. Surely you've heard of the "new math" that every generation of us older folks seems to suffer through. In some states, like Florida, learning Spanish is a mandatory part of the curriculum. Since hubby is Jewish, Hebrew automatically goes on the table. Thus my adventures in language and culture begins with something yummy for the tummy (LOL). Everyone has an intangible incentive-button to push. Mine happens to be eye and food candy. You can get a lot out of me if you bring the right Hagen Daz over, or introduce me to a Spanking-A restaurant, but I digress... :-)

It is not enough to want to learn the language. You should immerse yourself into the culture. You need to understand people to communicate effectively with them. It may seem like a small statement to say, but it is huge if you really get the power of interpersonal communications. You can learn a lot about people by breaking bread with them. The next time you go out to eat, observe your surroundings and ask yourself why you frequent a place. Sometimes we do things out of habit, other times we do what is convenient...

Why not do something different? Go to Union Turnpike and 188 Street in Fresh Meadows. Find Yotveta. Ask them to select the most popular dishes requested and enjoy a fine dining experience.  I am still working my way through the menu, so we shall be having a few more conversations about this subject. It is time for me to go, but before I go, I must say thank you:

May God bless my most excellent girlfriend Susana Isakharova. She has been my cultural guide to all things Israeli in Queens County, New York.  She has impeccable taste when it comes to great kosher restaurants so I decided it would be fun to share what we've been up to while I stumble through my Russian-Jewish etiquette and enjoy delicious food candy for the soul. If you read my blog you already know how I feel about my eye candy so toss food candy right up there with me being crazy about my little minions. If you don't, let's just say I am a foodie paradise kinda gal. Yotveta is a foodie paradise kinda place. Unassuming, intimate, tasty... well... very, very tasty (LOL). I will keep eating until I've tried almost everything on the menu at least once. This may take a while... (Yay!)

I guess we know what my next blog post will be about... (LOL) Go enjoy your day and pick a new place to eat of your choice. Stop doing what you always do. Do something new. Have fun with it. :-)






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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Wow Carolyn, I did not know this. This is some really cool stuff. I did not know that MAC had these free things, but then, would I expect anything less from a MAC...

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Jun 08, 2009 10:32 PM #1
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Surprisingly, I have a lot of trouble with language ... I have been trying to learn Cherokee for some time but I just can't seem to comprehend it!

Jun 08, 2009 11:16 PM #2
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Carolyn... "vaad" may give you some info on Judaism, but it's a page about Orthodox Judaism... there are many levels of Judaism, and orthodoxy (as you might imagine) is one of the more "devout"... check with your hubby, and see what flavour of Judaism he practices, before you start bringing home something more severe than he might be used to if he's currently reform, traditionalist, reconstructionist or conservative.


Jun 09, 2009 12:25 AM #3
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Michael, the beautiful thing about iTunes is that (1) it is free, (2) it is awesome and (3) it runs across several platforms. The Wintel machines can use it just likes the Macs. :-)

LOL @ Richard. I may have to take a few drinks just to get my tongue loose enough to wrap around the concept. Since we all know that I do not drink... Okay, okay, more like cannot hold my liq... (LMAO) ;-)

Alan, he married me so that alone gives me reasonable cause to believe he does not have an orthodox bone in his body (LMAO). I enjoy visiting with so many different believers and try to absorb as much as I can but have been known to disregard what I do not feel is useful. My orthodox friends fascinate me just as much as my heathen buddies (LOL). I love getting them all together. Makes for a very interesting discussion. ;-)




Jun 09, 2009 01:17 AM #4
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

C - one of my favorite things to do in Israel is eat, they have fantastic restaurants. I hope you had a chance to make it to Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House in North Miami Beach before it's doors closed last year. If you ever get to Vancouver B.C. go to Kaplan's. It is a heritage rich in history and culture. It will take years of practice to get those ch's pronounced right.

Jun 09, 2009 06:04 AM #5
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Big Mike, I shall add Kaplan's to my bucket list of foodie paradise spots to visit and blog about. I never had the pleasure of experiencing Cohen's. What a shame. Looking forward to more recommendations. :-)

Jun 09, 2009 06:43 AM #6
Robin Scott
Robin Scott, REALTOR® - Austin, TX
Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas

Yum, Jewish food. An important part of the culture. I learned to make some favorite dishes from my grandmother but she was from Russia.

Jun 11, 2009 05:28 AM #7
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Robin, you have captured my imagination (LOL). ;-)

Jun 12, 2009 02:40 AM #8
Josef Katz
Digital and Direct Response Marketing - Manhattan, NY
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CTS - I didn't know you liked Israeli food?  Next time we meet we go Israeli.  I know some great places in Queens that has some great chumus (chickpea dip) one of my favorite foods.

Jun 14, 2009 11:09 AM #9
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Josef, it's a meet up. I love good food!

Jun 14, 2009 11:15 AM #10
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