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  • Chef Michael Solomonov goes 'In Search of Israeli Cuisine' in new film

    Lucy Cohen Blatter|Mar 31, 2017

    (JTA)-"I thought it was just going to be about falafel and hummus." That was the perception of Israeli cuisine that filmmaker Roger Sherman had when he reluctantly decided to accompany his friend, the acclaimed Jewish cookbook writer Joan Nathan, on a food tour of Israel in 2010. But the reality exceeded his expectations. "I was blown away by what I consider to be the hottest food scene in the world," Sherman told JTA in a recent interview. "I thought, this is the perfect subject for a film."...

  • Covered-up chic: Modest swimwear is having a moment

    Lucy Cohen Blatter|Jun 10, 2016

    (JTA)-Sara Wolf was running around a water park in an oversized T-shirt when she became acutely aware of the need for a "less frumpy" yet covered-up swimwear option. So she and Daniella Teutsch, a former fashion industry colleague, launched HydroChic, a swimwear company for women who want to enjoy the water and stay modest at the same time. "The only options we were finding were these long, flowery dresses that just weren't our style or skin-tight surfing-style wetsuits," Wolf says. The company...

  • The 'Kate Middleton effect' on synagogue fashion

    Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA|Dec 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The so-called “Kate Middleton effect”—by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller—seems to know no bounds. She has graced the covers of countless magazines; entire blogs are devoted to what she wears. And, as it happens, the duchess is the perfect style icon for observant Jewish women. “She’s modest, demure and modern,” says Adi Heyman, founder of the fashion blog Fabologie. So it’s perhaps no surprise that one of Middleton’s signature style pieces—the fascinator—has caught on as a head cov...

  • The young Jewish chef who made vegan food tasty-long before Beyonce made it cool

    Lucy Cohen Blatter, JTA|Oct 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (JTA)—There’s a buzzy new eatery on the corner of Bleecker and MacDougal streets in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The restaurant, by CHLOE, is garnering consistently good reviews and attracting slews of young, hip diners. Recently it even hosted the launch of a lingerie-line collaboration between two “it” girls. And, oh yes: by CHLOE is also entirely vegan and kosher. Chef Chloe Coscarelli made her national debut on the first season of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2009, winning an episode of the TV competition with her three...