Out Of Office #19 – Cafelix

Good Morning!
I’m all goosebumps and chills because today I’m visiting a well-known café for the first time.
Cafelix.

You won’t believe how much I heard about it, and till yesterday I thought it’s a one-of-a-kind coffee shop in Florentine ( a southern area I don’t usually pass by).
But…  Yesterday one of the guys from my office walked in with their branded cup.
“Did you start your day in Florentin?” I asked, “No” he answered, “there’s a Cafelix branch just outside my building”. What? I didn’t know that! His building is extremely close to mine…

So, I googled it, and one morning later…here I am!

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Lots of bikes, looks inviting to me!

Checklist

  • Bicycle Parking – V (Tons of parking places on the street, you can see on the pic)
  • Charging Plugs – V
  • Wifi – V  (The password was cute, that’s something that always makes me smile)
  • English Menu –  Verbal menu for all (So I guess it depends if the barista that serves you the coffee is fluent or not)
  • Price Range –$$ (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food –  Pastries, cookies, and sandwiches from some of the best places in town
  • Service – Everything is served with a smile, self-service from the bar
  • Kosher – X
  • Vegan Friendly – V (Vegan options)
  • 10bis– X
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – V (outside)
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 8/10
  • Bottom line: Great coffee & great music, -2 only because it’s hard to find a place to sit down (sharing a table is almost a must). 

Food

The rustic barista island that takes up 1/3 of the place inside is filled with cookie jars, cake racks & a sandwiches crate (wrapped and ready to be taken on the go).

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Told you that a bit of illustration is going to be added in each time (:

As I waited for my coffee I scanned the pastries, trying to choose one for breakfast. Some of them looked very familiar, soI asked the nice barista about their origins. Apparently, Cafelix imports goods from all over town. Some of the pastries came from a bakery in Jaffa, others from a vegan pastry chef. The list was pretty long.
The result: a great variety of morning snacks to choose from!

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The ~vegan~ poppy-seed pastry I chose.

Coffee

Now, this was the Wow moment I heard about. The Ca-pang!
The coffee was absolutely perfect.
Strong, flavorful & other words to describe the coffee cup of my dreams.

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They had almond milk (yay! I can drink coffee and my throat won’t itch the whole day!) and I asked for my fave – a big almond-based cappuccino. That’s not what I got though.
The barista told me: “You’ll have the best aroma if you’ll go for a medium”. I took his advice.
And he was absolutely right – It was perfect!

Service

At first, I didn’t understand if there’s a waiter or if I’m supposed to order from the bar.
3 min of observation brought me to the conclusion the second option is correct.
The barista I mentioned earlier as a coffee aroma expert was really nice. Constantly smiling, very helpful. So even though there was no to-the-table service, the service was excellent!

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Things I noted to myself

  • The urban Cafelix myth was correct – one of their walls is filled with cups of returning customers! Part of the barista training here is to know all the regular customers’ orders by heart. Impressive.
  • A good place to work from when I want to have coffee and answer emails, not a good place for private conversations/ creative time.
  • I need to invite my espresso-expert dad here next time he comes to town.

Ans back to reality – I’m sitting here for 1.5 hours now.
People are constantly eyeing my empty plate from the long line in front of the bar.
I think it’s my cue to paddle back to the office.

Have a wonderful day,
Rotem

Out Of Office #18 – XOHO

Good Morning!
It’s 07:40 and I’m sipping coffee at XOHO, an amazing spot I discovered on a night walk.

What walk?
Lately, my boyfriend and I have been substituting our pre-sleep episode watching ritual for a new one –night walks in pajamas.
I’m not sure if it began because of the Brooklyn nine-nine season break or because of the spring allergy I had in my eyes. Anyway, it’s here to stay, cause it’s a delight.
We take a different road each time, walking through streets I don’t usually use because of my bike. I love the exploration, even the streets I cycle through regularly look completely different at night. And in addition, I find new places – like this one!

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Xoho’s front balcony at 07:30, before it got filled with customer buzz

The CHECKLIST

Bicycle Parking – X (I think I took the only available spot) 
Charging Plugs – V
Wifi – 
English Menu –  V
Price Range –$$ (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
Food –  Healthy vegan friendly menu with Californian touches
Service – Great!
Kosher – V
Vegan Friendly –
10bisV
Newspapers – V
Smoking – V (outside)
Final Score for Working/ Studying – 10/10

The ATMOSPHERE

The crew knows Hebrew but communicates mostly in English and combined with the illustration filled rustic design and the fresh cinnamon cookies smell… I had a throwback to California.
Even before I tasted their amazingly moist apple & walnut muffin (that felt as if it landed on my plate straight from a San Francisco memory) I knew I’ll become a returning customer.

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Isn’t it marvelous? One of the illustrated walls.

Want to know how cool is is?
On my left – 3 girls were planning a music festival.

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The festival-planing gals

On the right – stood a wall filled with funky art prints and colorful notebooks.

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Yes, I did buy an art print when I finished to type.

 

FOOD

I mentioned the muffin above, but it’s really worth the extra mentioning.
It was a 10/10 – a must for all baked-apple lovers.
Moist, crumb-sprinkled, the perfect apple/nut ratio.
The whole experience for 15₪.

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I wanted to order a whole muffin basket and take it to the office with me! Yet, I didn’t, because I’m living modestly and saving for my closely approaching psychology studies… (!)

COFFEE

Xoho has a great version to my current favorite – a fluffy almond milked based cappuccino (16₪).

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Notice the cool use of old cans as tableware holders in the background

SERVICE

Another 10/10.
You might feel like I’m over grading here, but the waiter was one of the best I met so far.
A balance of kindness, interest and space giving.
Well played Xoho, you have a great recruiter in your team!

Notes to myself:

  • It’s a hip funky place to take my so-much-cooler younger brother for breakfast. He’ll have many vegan options to choose from and maybe he’ll stop hating Tel Aviv.
  • A great illustration inspiration spot! (If you’re not regulars I might need to mention I draw a weekly comic for my company and I seek inspiration at all times.)
    I even bought a piece of Xoho for my office:
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Doesn’t it upgrade my boring desk?

I hope you’re having a great morning as well, no matter where you’re starting your day!
Xoho – definitely a place to visit, foreign or local, you can’t help loving it. (First time I gave a perfect score!)

Some useful links: Xoho’s Instagram, website and Facebook page. (In this order because I just created an Instagram account and I’m very excited about that!)

kisses!
Rotem

Out Of Office #17 – Lehamim

Good Morning!
It’s 9:05 and I’m starting my day at a Tel Avivian classic – Lehamim Bakery”.
The kind of place I had to mention at some point, a very known Institute in this city.
Also, a great choice for those who love the smell of bread (Lehem, in hebrew).

Lehamim - Entrance

I’m sitting in the main Lehamim branch, located in Hashmonain street.
It’s the best branch as long as I’m concerned because they bake for all the other shops.
They have the biggest variety and almost never run low on stock. I also like the fact it’s open 24/7 except Saturdays. And the fact you can sit in front of the kitchen and watch the bakers in real time.

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That’s one of +-15 racks. You can imagine the variety.

CHECKLIST

  • Bicycle Parking – 
  • Charging Plugs – V
  • Wifi – 
  • English Menu –  V
  • Price Range –$$ (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food –  Modern Israeli kitchen with a huge variety of pastries and bread
  • Service – Pleasant and smile-filled
  • Kosher – V
  • Vegan Friendly –
  • 10bisV
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – V (outside)
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 9/10

I walked through racks, sat down, and ordered a cup of fresh orange juice ().
It was nice and fresh, bringing me back to sanity after a crazy-hard morning pilates class.
The egg sandwich they recommended () arrived quickly after that.
Someone in the kitchen was very generous with the eggs, spread and veggies! I enjoyed every (warm) bite. As expected from such a known bakery in town, the seed-filled-crunchy-crumb-bread was great as well.

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Looks casual, but the bread makes it more than that!

Then, I ordered a cappuccino.
I give them an extra point for serving it with a little salty parmesan cookie.
My only comment on this one was that it was lukewarm when it arrived, I prefer my coffee very hot.
But rather than that, it was a good strong flavored coffee, approved by my standards.

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Always serve coffee with cookies. That’s a recipe for customer success Lehamim!

Timing comments – I think the best time to visit this place is  Tuesday, from 9 in the morning till the afternoon, when an antique market is run in the square facing the bakery. I find the colorful view inspiring and the market draws interesting people to the streets around the block.
Also note – the worst time to visit is Friday morning. That’s true for any place in Tel Aviv, but specifically at this place – it’s packed!
If you want to get service come on weekdays or very early on Friday, around 7-8 o’clock.
Another timing thing worth knowing – there’s a 1+1 sale on bread from 21:00 o’clock, in this branch only.

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Pic the market is set up

Now, I want to tell you about a little realization I had yesterday.
It happened because I had a serious creativity block during the day. I didn’t go away and I sought help online. A short research brought up a Refinery29 video about the subject by one of their cutest hosts, Lucie Fink. It was quite kitschy, I admit, but it made me understand what is my source of inspiration.
It’s my out of office mornings! The days me and my laptop begin by exploring the city through coffee, pastries and sandwiches.

Ideas just pop into my head when I take the time to drink coffee by myself.
I leave with sketches for the comics I publish weekly on my company’s website (something I do as the social media gal). I have notes with new spices I want to add to my rack or dishes I think of between bites. I also get lots of fashion inspiration from the stylish women of Tel Aviv, refreshing given the fact I work in a closed office with 8 un-stylish men.

So here I am today and I already thought of some creative marketing Ideas that would probably never pop in my mind if I wasn’t sitting in front of a colorful market, hearing a side conversation of two filmmakers from my right.

Those little visits really add something to my schedule and in case you haven’t tried it yet maybe you should give it a try! I say it’s worth getting over the social anxiety of sitting by yourself. (:

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Isn’t this environment inspiring?

Ahh. The whole time I was sitting here I was thinking about the fact I’m going to study psychology next year. It’s been a week since I got expected and I’m still pumped!
I hope I can preserve these once-a-week-mornings as a student.
Maybe I’ll even work in a small coffee shop?
It’s way less glamorous than a hi-tech student position but it will make the smell of coffee and pastries part of my life. Hmm.. Thought.

Kisses from the not-yet-student that has to head back to her office!
Rotem

Picture from Lehamim's street

me & my fabulous Pilates mat

Out Of Office #16 – Lehem & Shot

Good morning from the corner of the most delightful bakery on Ben Yehuda street!
Today I’m starting my morning at Lehem& Shot (directly translated to Bread& Co), a piece of New York two streets from my house.

Doesn’t look too different from outside, but memories from NY come with the smell & sound

Why is it New-York-is? The music, the Illuminated space filled dark colors and metal, the common tables…Or maybe it’s just my memory, I haven’t been in New York for a while.
A very long while to be exact, 15 years.
(Wow. I sound so old to myself as I type that.)
That’s the memoryI have from the restaurants in NY, though it might have been combined with the vibe I picked up from my grandma’s pictures from her college period New York of 1951.

The view from the corner I sat down at

CHECKLIST

  • Bicycle Parking – 
  • Charging Plugs – V
  • Wifi – 
  • English Menu –  V
  • Price Range –$$ (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food –  A variety of baked goods 
  • Service – Pleasant and smile-filled
  • Kosher – X
  • Vegan Friendly –
  • 10bis– X
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – V (outside)
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 9/10

I ordered a zucchini sandwich (18 ₪) that turned out to be a hit.
The bread, the pesto, the light touch of parmesan, it all worked – making a sandwich I’ll most definitely try to duplicate at home.
*I just need to grow some cactuses, buy a bakery smelled scent spray (is there such a thing?) and create a 50th playlist to duplicate the vibe to accompany my bites.

As for coffee, I ordered an espresso (7 ₪), a bit unusual for me, but I just couldn’t handle a milk-filled cappuccino this morning (probably influenced by my lactose-free boyfriend).
It’s hard for me to judge it because I don’t usually drink espressos (and when I do they all taste quite the same). But the coffee was nice, not too strong and with a pleasant aroma.

My milk-free coffee choice

I’m happy I started my day here, I needed to recover from a small disappointment and Lehem & shot was a great way to do so.  There is a magical effect to good service & tasty carbs.
I left much happier than I arrived. (:

A magical effect in the shape of pastries and Baguettes

I hope you gave a great week!
Kisses,
Rotem

 

 

Out Of Office #15 – Cafe Haoal

Good morning!
The holidays are over and I’m back to normal, ordering half a mozzarella sandwich and a big cappuccino at a small coffee shop.
Today, I’m sitting at a place I pass by daily – “Café Haoel” (the tent café). It’s a small hexagon shaped booth (some kind of an abnormal structure) in the middle of the block next to mine. I usualy cycle by, smelling the fresh coffee, but today I parked my bike and sat down for the first time.

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Isn’t the structure a bit abnormal?

First, this is a very homey place – regular customers, a team that keeps on laughing from inside jokes, and a general great vibe.
Secondly,  they have a surprisingly rich menu considering the booth size.
I’m kind of sorry for the strict time limit I have today (a doctor’s appointment scheduled for 20 min from now) I wouldn’t mind sitting here for another hour.

The ChecklisT

  • Bicycle Parking – 
  • Charging Plugs – V (bar area only)
  • Wifi – 
  • English Menu –  V
  • Price Range –$$ (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food –  Basic and Well-made
  • Service – Great
  • Kosher – X
  • Vegan Friendly – 
  • 10bis– V
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – Sadly, yes.
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 7/10 

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As for the food – I don’t know what is the size of their regular sandwich, but I ordered a mini one and got a full-sized meal to any respectable mind + olives, on the side.
I double checked with the waiter, “Is this your mini size??”, he laughed and said he could take it down with bite.
So, I took a bite, and the first thing I noticed was the pleasant hot temperature of the bun.
I love it when the bread is heated but not toasted. It was the first sign for a basic, yet well-made sandwich. I actually didn’t stop to think of the other things that made this sandwich good, because I really finished it in a couple of bites.

Not a mini sandwich at all

full-sized meal to any respectable mind

Worth saying –  the coffee was good as well.

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A very pleasant place to sit in to start the day.
In 2 min I’ll finish sorting my mails and head to the doctor’s office.
I have to check what the heck is wrong with my eyes. Lately, they hurt so much I can’t concentrate at work after 15:00.
I know it might be my fault because I choose to have a screen-filled computing job…
Maybe I should consider a different career to save my eyes..?

I hope I won’t have to wear glasses.

Cheers till the next time!
Rotem

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Currently glass free

Out Of Office #14 – Anastasia

Hola, Good morning!
And special greetings to all vegan readers –  today I have a review for you guys.

After my great experience at a plant-based restaurant last week  I decided to dig into the local vegan scene in the city and visit Anastasia, a local vegan-hub.

why do I think they are a hub?
  1. They have “vegan-friendly” maps of Tel Aviv.
  2. One of the restaurant walls is filled with plant-based products for sale –  frozen goods, sweets, beers (I didn’t even know that could be non-vegan)…
  3.  Their menu is vegan head-to-toe, yet, I think it would appeal to anyone.
  4. They have mercy-filling cow pictures hanged in the toilet, which I find a bit disturbing, but I guess it serves their vegan-promoting brand ideals.
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A look from the “bike parking lot” (actually from their neighbor’s fence)

It’s actually my second visit this week, I took a group here on Sunday when I was showing them around.  They were interested in trying special beverages, so I suggested we meet here and chat as we enjoy Anastasia’s rich drinks menu (carob shake, spicy turmeric milk, exotic tea blends..).
It was very pleasant, and I wanted to recommend it but didn’t have the time to take pics and write properly, so –  here I am again!

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A dude was looking at the wall of products (clearly thinking what he would take home)

The Checklist

  • Bicycle Parking – 
  • Charging Plugs – 
  • Wifi – 
  • English Menu –  V
  • Price Range –$$$  (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food – Guilt-Free-Num!
  • Service – Nice, chatty and Britney-loving (they kept on putting her songs) 
  • Kosher – X
  • Vegan Friendly – V++
  • 10bis– X
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – Outside only.
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 7/10
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Don’t get confused, the pastry is the real star of this breakfast munch

Since I had an amazing vegan coffee last week, I was really looking forward to trying their coffee. The waitress recommended I try the oatmeal-milk coffee (17), a pretty shaggy choice given the impressive home-made variety of milk-subs they have. Yet – I went for it because it was the recommended one!It was Ok, but as you can see in the pic – definitely missing a foamy touch.
I ended up enjoying the cinnamon pastry (14) much more –  it was perfectly cooked, crunchy and moist. If I’d eaten it anywhere else I would probably assume it’s based on butter, it had none of the almost-as-good-as-original taste vegan things tend to have.

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A better picture of the products wall + a fresh batch of veggie boxes waiting to be unpacked by the kitchen

I think if you want to truly enjoy the best this place you have to come for dinner or lunch and  try their interesting main dishes. Most of them are based on special homemade ingredients or cooked in special methods you don’t usually have time to replicate at home.
Sadly –  it’s quite expensive, so…
You might as well come and eat a crunchy cinnamon pastry, they make fabulous ones!

Kisses!
Rotem

If you ever wondered who the entrance to my house looked like

If you ever wondered who the entrance to my house looked like

Out Of Office #13 – Meshek Barzili

I know I usually start these reviews by typing a short summary of my morning events but in this case I had to begin with something else.
The food.
I didn’t expect anything unordinary when I sat down at Meshek Barzili, a vegan restaurant, for coffee. If anything, I expected the coffee to have a weird soy aftertaste.
Instead – I drank the best vegan coffee I ever had. My cup didn’t become cloudy and clump-filled,  the almond milk was perfectly foamed. The nutty flavor was amazing as well, the coffee was served sweet and ready-to-sip, no need for brown sugar additions at all.

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If all vegan coffees were this good I’ll probably never sip another regular cappucino

As for the sandwich – they know the secret!
Good sandwiches are always made from top notch bread.
It was one of the best avocado sandwiches I ever ate, 80% because of the amazing moist yet crunchy bread, but also because they really went the extra mile adding sprouts and serving it with tahini & olives.
Safe to say, food-wise it’s the best place I sat in during my Out Of Office project (the thing I do to map the best places to work from in Tel Aviv), and that’s one for the vegan community!

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Now, maybe I should go back to my usual format and tell you a bit more about this place, starting with a picture and a checklist.

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2 points if you spot my bike!

Checklist

  • Bicycle Parking – V (In the back, you turn in the corner of the street)
  • Charging Plugs – 
  • Wifi – 
  • English Menu –  V
  • Price Range –$$  (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food – Just read my paralog. 
  • Service – A smiley waiter eager to help
  • Kosher – X
  • Vegan Friendly – V++ 
  • 10bisV
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – In the balcony. 
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 9/10

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Other things worth saying:
1. The restaurant is located in one of the prettiest neighborhoods of Tel Aviv – Neveh Tzedek (check the link and you’ll understand,).
2. The place is pretty big and I’m sure it’s packed by lunchtime, but now, at 08:30 a.m. it’s only me, a small group of tourists and 2 businessmen. That’s perfect, I get to enjoy great service & great background music while I sip my super-great nutty coffee.

A peak to the neighborhood

A peak to the neighborhood

I should take my boyfriend on a date here to a) try more dishes and b) have a romantic night, it’s not very common to eat in a high-quality restaurant where every dish is both vegetarian (for me) and lactose-free (for him).

So that was a lovely way to start the day.
Time to cycle back to my office and join the marketing meeting,
Kisses,
Rotem

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Out Of Office #12 – Lecker

I was on my way to one of my favorite bakeries when I realized I’d forgotten my phone at home. I considered taking shots with my laptop for a moment, but then I overcame my laziness and paddled back to get it. 10 min later the phone was once again secured in my bag, but I was too hungry to cycle to the bakery again. The solution: cycle to work and stop at the first place that catches my eye.

That’s how I ended up at “Lecker”, a green dot in the middle of Arlozerov street. Quite a small place, but the light color and the flowers caught my eye.

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Arlozerov 76, Open till 19:00 if I got it right

I tied my bike to the fence and stepped into the street balcony, asking the waiter where I can plug in my laptop, their “best” laptop seat was taken, so he quickly moved a table closer to the plugs for me. The first sign of great service.
I guess I could have waited for the waiter to come to me but: a) the smell that came out of the small space was amazing, and b) when it comes to pastries I love choosing from the rack.

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When I walked in I discovered the waiter was the only employee in this cafe, serving as a barista, sandwich maker and menu as well.
His coffee bar hid behind a vitrine, in the right corner of the small room packed with goods from window to wall – jams, pastries, cookies, bread, pasta, wine… Just name anything you’ll get as an edible souvenir from a countryside farm and it was there.  I asked the super-waiter if there’s a bakery in the back and he said most of the supply is bought from other bakeries or imported, but some is homemade (though he didn’t say exactly what).

"Lecker" review - The Jungle Blog

Jams, pastries, cookies, bread, pasta, wine…

CHECKLIST

  • Bicycle Parking –
  • Charging Plugs – V 
  • Wifi –
  • English Menu –  I guess the barista can speak English as well
  • Price Range – $$  (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food – Fine-ish
  • Service –  Top notch. 
  • Kosher – No certificate, but they have Kosher packed goods and they are closed on Saturday
  • Vegan Friendly –
  • 10bis – X
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – Outside
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 7/10

"Lecker" review - The Jungle Blog

To be honest, the food wasn’t a hit, it was OK. I wrote about this place because of it’s vibe & service. The barista knew most customers by name and coffee choice and everything from the old ladies meet up to the brownie I got on the house felt homey, that’s something to cherish in a big city.

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The coffee that reminded me of my parents home

Another homey point was their coffee, served in a big glass mug. That’s the same kind of mug I drink my personalized vanilla-flavored-cappuccino from when I visit my parents ever since they got a coffee machine. It felt like my dad would join me any second and bring some poppy seed cake (something they usually have around during the weekends).

I’m glad I forgot my phone, “Lecker” totally made my day start with a smile.
kisses all way to the office,
Rotem

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Out Of Office #11 – Hashachen

This morning started 20 min earlier than planned when my mom woke me up with a phone call.
Then, while I was getting ready, I dropped my new week-old face cream and the glass jar smashed on the floor leaving me with a bleeding cheek and a hell of a mess to clean. Good thing I had the extra time to clean it up because I hate to being late to pilates, it means you get stuck on the back. But of course, I was late anyway, it started raining the moment I got on my bike and I had to cycle slowly.

Things turned around the moment the class started, it was amazing, and I decided to make up for the messy morning by moving my OOO day to this morning.
Good thing I did, because the place I am sitting at right now is just a morning-maker!

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Notice the 1+1 on alcohol 16:00-22:00, nice!

This is “Hashachen” cafe on Eben Gvirol street, the name is translated to “the neighbor”, but you get much more than you expect from coffee at the neighbor’s house when you sit here. It has the right music (40’s Jazz), right color (you got me with the light blue entrance), right food (at last!) and many more right things.

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A really good place for a girl catch-up chat

Checklist

  • Bicycle Parking –
  • Charging Plugs – V 
  • Wifi –
  • English Menu – V
  • Price Range – $$  (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy)
  • Food – Good! You feel the high quality of the products in every bite.
  • Service –  Good as well
  • Kosher – X
  • Vegan Friendly –
  • 10bisV
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – Outside
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 9/10
Hashahen review - The Jungle Blog

Simple well made breakfast

Now let’s talk about the food. I was quite hungry, so I ordered a bit more than the pastry and coffee I usually order and went for a proper Israeli breakfast (38₪). Num. It was basic but well made – the bread was fluffy and fun to tear apart, the salad was seasoned with high-quality oil and the egg fried exactly in the right amount. Instead of regular pesto I got an interesting paste based on celery as well as basil, something I never tried before.

Hashahen review - The Jungle Blog

Only a cookie missing to make it the perfect coffee cup

The coffee was also great. Grounded the second before it was served to me, arriving with no cookie (which is the only flaw I found) but with a perfectly shaped heart. Next time I think I will order the same coffee with one of the pastries that got my attention when I was on my way out.

Hashahen review - The Jungle Blog

A peak to the pastries served in this place

It’s the kind of places I want to go to with my mom, and that means it really got me because I save best places for my parents’ visits. It’s definitely going to appear on my map as soon as I finish to type.

Ahh, the day has been saved!
kisses from the now-very-smiling girl heading to the office,
Rotem

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Out Of Office #10 – Baccio

Heya!
Guess what  –I’m going to a party at a museum tonight!
You must be thinking “Ohh my, why is she such a geek?” but it’s actually a cool event!
It’s one of the many parties to celebrate Purim*, kind of the “Jewish version of Halloween”.

*Moment of heritage – I mentioned Halloween because both holidays include costumes and candy, but if you dig in, Purim is based on a totally different idea. It’s a celebration of a miracle that happened to the Jewish people back in the days of the Persian empire. No spooky aspects, and very yummy traditional cookies called “Hamantash” (I’ll share a recipe after I bake some later this week!).

Back to the present, I’m out of office again, beginning another morning after Pilates class with a cup of coffee.
I decided to go to a cafe I marked long ago – Baccio, located on the northern end of King George st, right in the middle of my 10 min cycling trail from the gym to work.

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I parked my bike outside and came into the Jazzy music you could here from the streets. One of the first things I noticed is that this place limits laptop users stickily to the bar, two printed signs and a wooden cube on each table made it very clear. The place was half empty so I asked for a special permission to sit next to a table, they didn’t like it –  but they agreed. The waitress just notified me I can be transferred at any moment, so I’m typing super fast and it might cost me in typing mistakes on the emails I send.

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Don’t you think it’s a little over the top? On EVERY table?

Checklist?

  • Bicycle Parking – V (Actually very good, spacious and right in front of the cafe) 
  • Charging Plugs – V (Only on the bar, guess it’s another tool to prevent the laptop users form sitting next to tables, in case they missed anything else)
  • Wifi –
  • English Menu – X
  • Price Range – $$+  (cheap, $$ – regular, $$$ – fancy) – a bit more expensive than a regular cafe.
  • Food – Fine
  • Service –  Fine-
  • Kosher – X
  • Vegan Friendly –
  • 10bisX
  • Newspapers – V
  • Smoking – Outside
  • Final Score for Working/ Studying – 6/10
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Coffee machine & “Laptops only on the Bar” sign

6 is my score for “fine” (as you can see on the checklist, it’s a key word in this case). The place is well designed yet the food and service are not something worth talking/ typing about. Plus, the super restricting laptop thing is quite weird.

Baccio review - The Jungle Blog

That’s a really photogenic muffin, I must say.

Food wise – the carrot muffin (10) I ordered was OK, I asked the waitress what is the best patisserie before I ordered, but all she said was – “they are all good” rolling her eyes at me. Well, judging by the cupcake – they are all “fine”, the same thing with the coffee (14), and it has nothing to do with the fact I hate when people role their eyes on me. I think.

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Done with this review!
It’s an Ok place, don’t come to study here, but maybe for a catch up with a friend.

I’m tired, we made our costumes till late last night, and I fill the effect today.
Happy holiday is your celebrating, a happy weekend if not!
Kisses,
Rotem

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