The Montefiore 36

Last week I had the pleasure of spending the night at a perfect little boutique hotel in Tel Aviv! It was sleek, chic, elegant, with attention to detail, personality, a great location, and perfectly encapsulated everything you expect of Tel Aviv! Let me introduce you to the Montefiore 36!

The rooms are perfectly designed with modern decor and flair. What makes everything so special is the attention to detail. Paintings, statues, a fantastic wall of books, a beautiful carafe with mineral water, and a welcome treat. The bathrooms feature a luxurious rain shower and comfy, soft bathrobes. Also, the location is great, ideal to go out and explore the hip Nevetzedek neighbourhood and stroll along the Rothschild Boulevard.

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I loved this sculpture!

What’s even better is the restaurant and bar downstairs. Like everything else in the hotel they exude chic and cool.  There was beautiful porcelain and silverware, stunning bouquets of red roses and soothing Jazz in the background.

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Dinner_MontefioreWhat I found particularly cool (and which I will totally do at home) was the use of silver trays, baskets and pots to serve food and beverages. I enjoyed my Earl Grey that much more poured from the beautiful silver teapot.

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Perfect presentation and great use of beautiful silver trays, pots and baskets

Just as noteworthy was of course the food. We had breakfast and lunch at the hotel and both tasted just perfect! The restaurant is Asian fusion and I enjoyed a miso soup, raw tuna with yuzu sauce, and Chinese greens. It was perfect and light and just what is needed for lunch.  The breakfast was a treat, especially as it was served outside. I stuck with my favourite breakfast combination of granola, yoghurt, fresh orange juice and tea and treated myself to a basket of delicious pastries! Those pastries were some of the best I’ve had in a quiet some time!!

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So, if you are considering a weekend trip or mini escape to Tel Aviv, the Montefiore 36 is your place to stay! Enjoy the luxury it has to offer and let yourself be absorbed by the hip and vibrant city!

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Indulging your sweet tooth in State College

State College isn’t usually known for its food. However, if you are passing through town or visiting a friend or exploring PennState University, there are two places you must absolutely try! 

First, there is Ye Olde College Diner. An institution if there ever was one, faithfully feeding students since 1929! Famous for it’s sticky buns, which really are perfectly sticky and sweet and utterly divine. Try them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and experience the yummy-ness. (I couldn’t resist taking an extra box back to DC with me!) 

In fact, these sticky buns are so delicious and famous, they’ve stared in a number of Hollywood productions, most recently in “The Perk of Being a Wallflower.” Aka not to be missed when in State College!

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   The Ye Olde Diner as time goes by (Photos courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/YeOldeCollegeDiner)

Your second destination has to be the Berkey Creamery. Part of PennState University, and the largest university creamery in the U.S., it is a place of research that processes approximately 4.5 million pounds of milk and produces icecream, sherbert, sour cream and a number of different cheeses. Thankfully, all of this can be tasted and bought at their store! You may have to join a considerable cue to taste some of the delicious icecream flavours on offer, but I promise you will not be disappointed. 

This is also where Ben and Jerry learned how to make ice-cream and thanks to whom we are now able to enjoy cookie dough, half baked and fish food whenever life requires! Taste some of the abounding flavours and enjoy really delicious icecream made right there just for you!

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  The Berkey Creamery, inside and outside (Photos courtesy of http://creamery.psu.edu)