by Ryan Kelly
Soon, Israelis will be allowed to bring their own food and beverages when going to the movies – that is if a bill cleared on Tuesday by the Knesset.
The Knesset’s Economic Committee approved on Tuesday a bill, known as the “popcorn bill,” which allows bringing food and beverages bought outside cinema complexes into the theatres. The bill is aimed at preventing a state where captive costumers are forced to pay excessive charges.
The bill also allows the public to bring food and beverages into businesses which sell their own food and are located in closed areas, such as concerts and movie theaters.
MK Carmel Shama-Hacohen (Likud), who promoted the bill, said he is “glad that after a long struggle and despite the theater’s objections, the committee approved my bill to defend the captive costumers in movie theaters, sport events, hospitals, etc.”
In discussions leading up to the approval, the theater’s representative said that the companies are not ashamed for profiting off selling food and drinks, and also warned that if the bill becomes a law it would give a fatal blow to the cinemas.
Soon, Israelis will be allowed to bring their own food and beverages when going to the movies – that is if a bill cleared on Tuesday for Knesset vote will be approved by parliament.
Italian ice cream shop La Genda created the flavor with ground chickpeas, tahini, vanilla, sugar and stabilizers.
“I am a hummus freak. I always thought that one day we should make ice cream out of hummus, and after many experiments, we checked the right temperature, the right kind of grains, and achieved the perfect product,” said owner Michael Mina to an Israeli television station.
Ice cream maker Boris Schwartz said the flavor has the familiar taste of hummus but that “it is a little sweeter than usual.”
“It is a little strange, not for everyone, it’s for people who like special things,” said Schwartz.
One taste tester wrote, “It is supposed to have some chickpeas and olive oil in it as well, but it actually tastes the most like lemony Halva (halva is made from tahini and honey or sugar(sic)).”
Afraid to try the dip-inspired treat? The chain offers over thirty flavors for patrons trying to beat the heat.
“We have prepared a few other kinds of ice cream, an avocado ice cream, and two weeks ago tried garlic ice cream. We are trying to renew ourselves,” said Schwartz.
SodaStream, based in Airport City, Israel, surged 6.1 percent to $37.60 by the close in New York, the highest since March 12. The shares have advanced 15 percent in 2012 and trade at 17.9 times estimated earnings, compared with a 15.8 multiple for companies on the Nasdaq Composite Index. (CCMP)
The number of Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. that are out of stock or have a limited number of the company’s soda makers has grown every week since June 4, according to the e-mailed Moness Crespi report dated today. Inventory of SodaStream products also decreased at Target Corp. and Macy’s Inc. following Father’s Day, the report showed. SodaStream said last month that it rolled out beverage products in 2,900 Wal-Mart stores in the U.S.
“The percentage of stores that are selling out is creeping up consistently,” Jim Chartier, a New York-based analyst at Moness Crespi, who recommends buying the stock, said by phone today. “The machines are selling well in Wal-Mart and following the same trend of all the other retailers. This is being received positively.”
Inventory was also dwindling for SodaStream beverage mixes including Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT)’s Crystal Light and Country Time lemonade, the report said.
“This signals strong performance that might convince new partners to sign on with the company,” Chartier said. “Soda is doing well.”
The gourmet chocolate revolution in Israel continues to shine — with Tel Aviv’s chocolatier Ika Cohen recently being named a World Finalist at the International Chocolate Awards in London.
Cohen – who runs a chocolate boutique on Yad Haharutzim Street — was applauded for her lemon praline bonbon at the semi-finals competition.The contest was set up to recognize the best fine quality chocolate from around the world.
Winners at the event included French chocolate specialist Michel Cluizel, British chocolatiers Paul Young and Matcha Chocolat, Catalonian/British Damian Allsop Chocolates and Israel’s Ika Chocolate. The International Chocolate Awards recently held semi-finals rounds in Italy, the UK and the US. The Grand Final is set to take place in October.
By Joshua Fagan
I started my Israeli food journey in Levinsky Market, part of the Neev Sha’anan neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Dan, one of my travel buddies hooked us up with Delicious Israel – Israel’s foremost boutique lifestyle tours company. Our foodie guide, Inbal (who founded Delicious Israel) took us on a 4 hour tour of this spice and Mediterranean delicacy filled market place. Our 4 hour escapade in the market consisted of 50% talk, 50% eating. My type of tour. We tasted vine leaves stuffed with lamb, burekas, rice pilafs, cheeses, olives, figs, and so much more. I highly recommend taking this tour! Check out some pics and definitely look them up if your visiting the holy land.
Joshua Fagan is a 27 year old entrepreneur who lives in Montreal, Canada. He is the proud owner of the self-titled woman’s clothing boutique JoshuaDAVID based out of Westmount, a posh enclave on the Island of Montreal. Josh comes from a long line of retailers – with his mother and father both in sales, fashion’s clearly in the blood. He’s a gym buff, enjoys dinners with good friends and is obsessed with his iPhone (but in a healthy way). This is Josh’s second time visiting Israel, having travelled to Israel once as a teenager. He’s most looking forward to discovering Israel’s shopping and restaurant scene, two of his passions.