Tel-Aviv, Israel
Mika, 35
Film Producer & Law Student
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a bit about Mika

What are you working on?

Currently spending my time in the editing room, working around the clock to finish our first documentary feature film by the deadline, and at the same time starting third year of law school and volunteering at the public defender’s office.

What drives you mad these days?

I am mad about the growing of racism and populism in the political discourse in Israel, and when I spend more than 15 min in a traffic jam. I’m mad because people from the Middle East and Africa don’t have a place they can call a home or return to, and about people who don’t bother collecting their dog shit from the streets pavements. I am mad about food at the supermarkets here being so crazy expensive, and in general there are too many reasons to be mad in this country these days, so let’s move on to the more positive questions.

What makes you happy?

Compassion, my silly dog Pasha, my husband, the beach, silly animals like suricatos and baby pandas, my friends, drinking white wine (red is OK too), reading Friday’s newspapers at the café, massage, mani-pedi, eating hamburger& fries, discovering a really good TV series, watching a movie at the cinema, seeing really good art, any kind of working out, any body of water, Tel Aviv.

When was the last time you cried?

I cry very easily, especially when I see hopeless situations. It could be homeless dogs searching for owners on a Facebook page, or a person in the newspaper who got beaten up only for being an Arab.

What is playing in your earphones?

Beyoncé’s last album is still my favorite. Lately have been going back to Radiohead’s KID A album.

What was the last movie you went to?

Very embarrassed to say it was Jurassic Park in 3D. I thought it would be cool but it turned out to be so bad.

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

It’s always time for a new wardrobe! I buy mostly during vacation times but not only. My favorite store is COS And I can say half of my clothes are from them. I also have 4-5 local designers that I visit every once in a while to check what’s new: Haia, Sara Brown, Maya Bash and Karin A. I love Zara, especially on the very first day of a new collection, and buying sport clothing as well, usually at Nike.

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in Tel Aviv?

I love Arnon st. and Ropin st., as well as Nachmani st. and Maze st. in the area of Begin rd., where the old labor housing used to be, and Chen blvd. which continues up to HaBima Square through Yaakov Garden.

What do you LOVE to do in the city but never actually do?

Go to the beach! Every summer I tell myself that this year I’ll go at least once a week, but end up not going more than 3 times in 6 month.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv?

I have three places. The first one is the the café stand on Ben Gurion blvd. at the corner with Dizengoff st., where I drink every morning and where they know my name and how I drink my coffee without asking. The second place is the small stall on Ben Gurion blvd. on the corner with Ben Yehuda st., and that’s where I drink my coffee every Saturday morning with my dog. My meetings café is Sheleg on Geula st., which is one of my favorite places in town.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in Tel Aviv?

I have several heroes but I’d choose George Clooney, who is the perfect man: an actor, director and producer who is also a true activist, combining both political and artistic agendas with entertainment. I’d probably take him to Eyal Shani’s Tzfon Abraxas or Salon for a really good dinner, and introduce him to what I see as great local yet fancy cuisine that should suit him. Then we could go for a classy drink at the bar of Hotel Montefiore and maybe finish the night with french toast at Port Said with more of a chill vibe.

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

Sitting at Gordon Pool (in the shade!) with a book and a cold americano, moving back and forth between the ice cold water and the deck chair.

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Helena Rubinstein Gallery – there is always something interesting to see there. Also, going to Lev cinema to watch a movie, then shop at Zara or Topshop in Dizengoff Center or just go to warm up with the amazing chicken soup at The Brasserie.

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

All the area of HaAtsmaut Park, spreading from Arlozerov st. to Metzitzim Beach, is full of small secret spots, and I always find some new ones there, either with a view to the beach or hidden between the green grass.

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

Mostly by eating with friends: starting at Orna and Ella for one last sweet potato frittata, then off to Sheleg for their beets salad and great coffee, a last falafel at Johnny’s place on Tchernichovsky st., hummus at Abu Hassan, an afternoon beer and fried fish at Barbunia on Ben Yehuda st. or The Old Man and the Sea in Jaffa, dinner at Ouzeria and a late drink at Peacock.

What’s the place in Tel Aviv you’ll never be caught dead in?

Tel Aviv Port on the weekend, HaTachana Complex and anywhere that is touristy with no sense of style.

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

I’d go with my husband to either HaChalutzim 3, which we love and go to on special occasions or decide to truly indulge ourselves and go to Shila.

What do you love doing the most that is not work, relationship or family related?

Doing any kind of sport: yoga, running in HaYarkon park, working out at the gym. Also, watching a movie at the cinema and eating.

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

Peacock. They have the wine I love, great food, cool and good-looking crowd. I never feel too old or not cool enough, the music is great and Maayan, the manager, is the best.

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