Readers' Choice: Haaretz's Top Food Articles for 2015

You told us what interested you. These are the food stories that most appealed to readers during the past year.

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A waiter carries plates of food at Georgian restaurant Nanuchka in Tel Aviv.Credit: Reuters
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You, dear readers, have spoken. You told us which food stories interested you most in 2015, simply by reading them.

Haaretz has compiled a list of our most read food stories for 2015 in time to ring in the new year. Now's the chance to make sure you didn't miss any of our most popular food coverage.

Jewish fusion, 420-style

A Denver chef figured out how to infuse Jewish classics with marijuana, and you loved it. Well, you loved reading about it, at least. “Marijuana Matzo Balls: Jewish Food Gets a Green Twist” was one of Haaretz's most popular food articles for the year. Joshua Pollack figured out how to get “a really nice, mellow high” from lox and bagels. A close runner-up was San Diego musician Abby Dorsey with her exhortation to “put pot in your latkes.” In case you missed it, here's “Hanukkah’s New Viral Hit: 'Pot in the Latkes.'” We're betting this Hanukkah song will go down as a new holiday classic.

What does the most beautiful restaurant in the world look like?

Pastel restaurant in Tel Aviv.Credit: David Bachar

Back in January, Pastel at the Tel Aviv Museum was Art was crowned the world's best designed eatery by the International Space Design Awards – Idea Tops. Just what does the world's most beautiful restaurant look like? You all wanted to know, and the answer lies here, in Roni Kashmin's article.

Why did Starbucks fail in Israel?

Pedestrians walk past a Starbucks Corp. store in the Luohu district of Shenzhen, China, on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.Credit: Bloomberg

Another pressing question on the Israeli dining scene, and you wanted to know the answer. Ben Sales attempted to explain why the massive American coffee franchise was sent fleeing from this tiny nation with its tail between its legs. Hint: The nature of Israel's coffee culture and the quality of the brew at the many local coffee shops may have something to do with it.

Help me find Tel Aviv's best breakfasts, and Israel's best desserts

Mount Bracha tahini.Credit: David Silverman

It's no secret that breakfast is a well-entrenched tradition at Israeli restaurants, and you wanted to know where to indulge. Rotem Maimon offers five enduring recommendations. You also came to us looking to find Israel's best desserts and Tel Aviv's best hidden bars, and we helped you out with those questions, too.

How to make Israeli-style hummus

Hummus with fava bean paste, roasted peppers and pickled onions. A full meal of Levantine comfort foodCredit: Vered Guttman

Equally crucially, you wanted to make hummus as good as the chickpea paste served in Israel's many hummusiyot. Our food columnist Vered Guttman was there to help you out with both the basic hummus recipe as well as an expanded list of condiments and toppings to give you the full Israeli hummus restaurant experience. Readers also came looking for recommendations for Israel's top hummus restaurants.

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