Jerusalem, Israel
Danielle, 29
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a bit about Danielle

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a Curator/Writer and a student completing my Master's in Curating at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. I am fascinated by art because it is what is left behind and marks our history as humans. I love working directly with artists and being a part of the process that lets them express themselves in spaces that support them. I believe that art is for everyone, and should be accessible. I write about art because I enjoy archiving my experiences and sharing them with the world. I have been writing poetry for some time now and it’s a way for me to feel at home anywhere I travel.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Amy Winehouse Frank and Back to Black Albums, Kanye West- Runaway, Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice It's All Right, Jimi Hendrix - Castles Made of Sand, Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge, Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I really love getting lost in the world of Rick and Morty! Currently, I'm a big fan of Stranger Things, Atlanta, and Orange is the New Black.

Name some spots in Jerusalem that are good for a Tinder date.

Keeping it classy I would go with some wine bars: Primitivo on King George Street, and Wine Bar on Azza Street.

Who’s your hero and where in Jerusalem would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is my father. This serious hang actually happened: We went to the restaurant Machne Yehuda and as it usually does the place got wild with loud music and people dancing on tables. Then we went for a beer at the Tipa.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

My mom's closet, vintage finds, and my guilty pleasure is Zara because their clothes always fit me best! If I'm splurging I like to go to Sophia in Jerusalem. I love their shoes, bags, and jewelry. My favorite vintage finds are from a stand (without a name or sign) on the corner of Shomron Street and Rabbi Arye Street. There are racks filled with amazing one of a kind steals!

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The closed section of the shuk on a Friday with my 'bubby' grocery cart, but I also have to add Ben Yehuda Street anytime.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I never get the chance to explore the Old City because my time there is usually devoted to Hummus Lina and Knafe at Jafar Sweets. The Old City is truly magical, there are so many hidden gems. I would definitely wander the streets and soak in the beauty of the golden Jerusalem stone.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Jerusalem and where did you get it?

I shared a huge platter of seafood at Menza, with a gin cocktail on the side.

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Jerusalem that you particularly like?

The Cassette is my favorite bar by far. The entrance is covered in cassettes, it's a small cave with one beer on tap. You never know what adventure you'll get yourself into, who you will meet, or what music they will be playing (From Hip-Hop to obscure Punk-Rock). Anything can happen there, in the best way!

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Jerusalem? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I love getting fancy at Mona. It is my favorite place to eat in Jerusalem. Expect to shell out at least 400 shekels. I like to sit on the bar and start with either a basil gin tonic or their cocktail Naked and Famous. My favorites starters are the Soft Polenta (it is legendary and people always say "if you didn't eat the polenta did you really go to Mona?"), Red Tuna Sashimi, and a starter that is on their specials. For a main I like the Beef Fillet or the Mini Burger. For dessert Cheese Cake, my favorite! And lots of chasers (shots) of Campari in between!

What restaurant in Jerusalem looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Big Apple Pizza. This my favorite drunchie spot. I love everything about their simple slice of cheese pizza.

Where can you get the best cocktail in Jerusalem? Which one do you like?

Naked and Famous at Mona. All of their cocktails are fantastic.

Where would you take your partner in Jerusalem if you wanted to really pamper them?

I would take them to a dinner at Talbiye followed by a Dance or Play at the Jerusalem Theater.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

You can get juices anywhere but Uzi-Eli The Citronman is by far the most unique. If you have the misfortune of being sick during your stay Uzi-Eli is the place to go. He has herbal concoctions and medicine all made fresh from the shuk's fruits and vegetables. My favorite juice is the passion fruit with goat milk. Hummus Lina is my famous hummus spot in the old city. I get hummus with roasted pine nuts and a large jug of freshly squeezed orange juice. If I'm not too full I then go to Jaffar Sweets for knafe, it's a cheesy but crispy delicacy topped with rose water. Also chocolate milk in a bag, just try it.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Jerusalem?

Ben Yehuda Street and Yosef Rivlin Street.

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Jerusalem?

Bezalel Street.

What are the Jerusalem spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The Old City, Shuk Machne Yehuda, Israel Museum.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Jerusalem. How do you spend it?

I would spend the night dancing at Pergamon. Then go to the shuk and start the day with a juice at Uzi Eli and some shuk shopping to make a fresh breakfast. I would then go to the Israel Museum and visit my favorite artworks in the permanent collection followed by a stroll in the Billy Rose Art Garden. I would devote some time at "Space that Sees" by James Turrell. Then a coffee break at Cafe Bezalel and a quick spin to see what's on at Jerusalem Artists House before heading out to the old city for Hummus Lina and Jafar's Sweets. I would end the day at a rooftop in the Old City watching the sunset with a bottle of beer.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Mexico City! I've only been once, but it felt like a strange combination of Israel and California (my two hometowns). I love the food, people, art, and culture. It really felt like home and I would love to go back again sometime soon and visit my friends that live there.

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