Billtong to Babotie: Kosher South Africa's Best Tel Aviv Table Podcast

Host Daniella Cheslow travels to South Africa to witness its kosher food renaissance first-hand. She also meets some South Africans who’ve brought their traditional fare to Israel.

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At its peak, the South African Jewish community was one of the most cohesive in the world, numbering 120,000. The earliest Jews to move there, including host Daniella Cheslow’s great-grandfather, started off by pedaling goods out of wandering caravans and eventually built up a prosperous community.

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Jewish food of Jo’burg

Kosher monkey gland burgers with Mrs Balls sauce: Darren Sevitz, CEO of Johannesburg’s Union of Orthodox Synagogues, takes us on a guided culinary tour of Glenhazel’s “Matzo Strip.”

Cheese and wine: The best of kosher South Africa
TLV1′s Daniella Cheslow and her sisters traveled to the Paarl region of the Western Cape province for a tasting tour of the Fairview winery, which now boasts a line of kosher cheeses.

For the love of jerky: Shmiltong’s Israeli biltong
For Milton Endlin, who moved from Jo’burg to Petah Tikvah in 2010, the biltong withdrawal got too much. Today he owns and runs a line of home-made kosher Israeli biltong called Shmiltong.

South African home cooking at Kibbutz Galon
Mike & Sharon’s Bistro in Kibbutz Galon was the realization of a life-long dream for corporate chef and member of the South African chef’s Association, Mike Hammerschlag. He takes us on an audio 360 of his unique eatery.

FOOD NEWS: A toast to the Israeli Wine Festival
Get ready for the Israel Museum’s Israeli Wine Festival; donate to Israel’s first farm animal sanctuary; and find out which Italian restaurants in Tel Aviv are recommended by the Italy-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

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