Jerusalem on a Plate

So many positive feedbacks after the Jerusalem documentary on BBC4! I can’t tell you the number of warm emails and tweets I received. Working on this project with James Nutt, the director, was fun and challenging at the same time but meeting all the beautiful people of Jerusalem was only uplifting and touching and delicious. If you live in the UK, you can catch the show on the BBC iPlayer here. At the moment it is only available with a sign language interpreter. BBC4HD will air it on the 31st December and after that you will be able to watch the original on iPlayer. People have been particularly interested knowing about the restaurants featured in the programmes. So here they are, and here’s to falafel, za’atar and harmony! Machneyuda – that’s the last restaurant featured in the show, with the service and all the madness. Arcadia – where I was shown a deconstructed baba ganush and stuffed potato cakes (Ezra “my-first-name-is-salad” Kedem). Majda – read all the way down to get the details. This is the restaurant belonging to Michal and Yaakov, a mixed couple, but more importantly – stunning food. Azura – the incredible kubbeh place where I go to “work” at 5am. Jaffar – the Knafeh place with the pistachios and all that orange colour. Sweet and meaty. Zalatimo – the place where Jesus visited regularly and the old man rolls pastry paper-thin. The most delicious sweet in the world, a Zalatimo. Hummus – so many good hummus places (any of the ones listed is top!). Though I couldn’t find a link to the one featured in the show (“They took our land, now you ask me about the dish?”). It’s called Al-Akarmawi and if you leave Damascus gate from inside the walls, cross the busy road and start going up the street coming off it, it is on the right hand side. Kadosh – the café and bakery making those mouthwatering krantz cakes that I made so badly. And a few other great places that I wouldn’t miss but didn’t make it to the final cut: Rachmo, Barood, Ramas Kitchen and Shaheen. To my surprise there has been a lot of discussion about the music, so here's a list of the artists and songs. Balkan beet box with; Gross, Joro Boro, Smatron, Gypsy queens, Balcumbia, Baharim. Shantel with Fige ki ase. It also featured music from Tristin Norwell.
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