Tel-Aviv, Israel
Itai, 42
Writer, Mediocre Surfer
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a bit about Itai

What are you working on these days?

Eretz Nehederet, it’s like SNL but about Israel. And it’s not on saturday it’s on monday. And it pays less.

What drives you mad these days?

Prime Minister Netanyahu. Same answer for 6 years now and I fear it will be the same answer for a few years more.

What makes you happy?

My son, all the time. My wife, sometimes. The ocean.

When was the last time you cried?

A month ago, during an episode of some Israeli drama you never heard of.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Tame Impala.

What was the last movie you watched and was it any good?

The Force Awakens. It was ok. I was stoned and I’m almost 40 so it was a tour through my childhood.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Cheap Monday.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv – to meet a friend or use as your base for all your meetings?

Café Bialik, or the café at the surfing club.

Where’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander in Tel Aviv, the street or neighborhood that you won’t mind taking a detour for, just to walk through it?

Kerem Hateimanim.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Tel Aviv but never actually do?

Clubbing. I sometimes go to the beach early in the morning and meet the clubbers on their way home after a night out and they always look happier than me.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

Michel Houellebecq. Anywhere in Jaffa.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

6 ft waves. No wind. For some reason, no other surfers are around. My family watching. A photographer catching me on a good wave. September sunset and then a joint and a beer.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

Friends’ house for chamin, a Jewish winter dish that is very heavy and makes you fart for days.

What’s that place in Tel Aviv that you feel like only you know about?

Park Hachurshot. It’s a new park in the south where no one goes to even though it’s actually amazing. It has lots of kids stuff to do and a great garden where you can pick rosemary and za’atar (a Middle Eastern herb).

If tomorrow was your last day in Tel Aviv before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

On the beach, with friends and then at a bar.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Kerem Hatemanim.

What’s the place in Tel Aviv (or places) you’ll never be caught dead in?

Anywhere north of HaYarkon river.

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

With my wife and son to Hotel Montefiore.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Surfing and watching football.

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place that you usually consider going to and why?

Peacock, because I know the owner.