ask Amit about
Food • Culture • Night
a bit about Amit
What are you working on?
Currenly working on a DJ mix for the opening event of a fashion convention, writing my column on new Israeli Mizrahi music for “Mako” portal and slacking off.
What drives you mad these days?
Commercial breaks. They’re killing me, STOP ‘EM!
What makes you happy?
Discovering new music. Always!
When was the last time you cried?
Not quite sure, but it is probable that I cried recently, while watching “The Hours” for the millionth time. I cry everytime.
What is playing in your earphones nowadays?
When it comes to my own personal music consumption – we’re talking in sometimes more than 10 albums a week. Here’s a tase of what I’ve been listening to recently: Kanye’s new “The Life of Pablo”, Rihanna’s “ANTI”, Tame Impala, Erykah Badu’s Telephone-themed mixtape, Charlie Hunter, Snarky Puppy, along with some classics: Israeli folk diva Shoshannah Damari, Lebanese diva Fairuz, Ella Fitzgerald’s “Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!” and Nina Simone’s “Baltimore”.
What was the last movie you went to?
Actually, it was a screening of 1961 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. As much as I like to see all the new films, I always go back to my classics. Seeing this beautiful cutesy film on a big screen was just stunning. And I adore the novel of course.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I either shop online – on ASOS etc., or I rummage in second hand boutiques – but you might also spot me shopping at retailers like Zara (on sales mostly). But actually, some of my biggest fashion treasures were found in one of my family member’s closet. ‘One man’s trash is another man’s fabulous scarf’ as said.
What’s a place in town you feel like only you know about?
I’ve lived in 3 different neighborhoods in the past 5 years, and I didn’t really wander around certain areas, such as the “Old North” of Tel Aviv. But that’s exactly where I found some seriously beautiful parks. When I accidentally got to Dubnov Park the other night, I felt like it was my secret oasis. This one is the known one, about the rest of them, the little intimate ones – you would have to wonder around and find them like I did – it’s double the fun.
It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?
Wherever there is hot apple & wine cider. My favorite for winter days.
Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in?
Definitely Neve Tzedek, my current neighbourhood. I moved here only a few months ago – but I was already in love when I came.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city but never actually do?
Going to the TLV Art museum. What a shame! One of Israel’s best contemporary art museums is in my city – but somehow I never get to sneak a visit.
Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in your city?
I have many heroes, mostly women – I pick Nina Simone. I would’ve taken her to Jaffa’s flea market and ancient city. I bet she would have loved it.
What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?
Above all: the fine beaches of Tel Aviv. Plus, we actually get that “perfect day in the sun” in the middle of winter too. But anyway, if I’m not in the mood for the ocean – city’s packed with parks and gardens, some are well known like Kiryat Sefer park, some are less known, Dubnov park for example.
What’s your go-to café?
Nehama Vahezi. Ever since I moved to Tel Aviv back in November 2010, Nehama was always there for me – and I always come back indeed. Perhaps it’s because it’s a habit by now, but I didn’t find another cafe which is so cozy and inviting as Nehama. Plus, the food is great!
What’s the place in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Crowded noisy bars. I’m sorry. Maybe I’m not cool enough. But there’s nothing fun about getting smashed with sweaty people while getting my ear drums pumped by dumb music.
You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
I would probably celebrate with 2 or 3 (tops!) good friends and good cocktails! Thank god for the recent years the city’s full with elite cocktails bars, such as The Imperial, 223, or French 57.
When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place you usually consider going to?
Shaffa bar in Jaffa’s flea market is always fun, HaNasich in Nahalat Binyamin is great for celebrating (especially when seated in the balcony!), Kuli Alma is a fun spacious bar and Diego San is great for both drinks, food and good vibes.