Thursday, November 16, 2017

Discount Books - New Savings!

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I know some of you love books as much as I do, so I wanted to make sure you didn't miss out on this awesome deal on Groupon today!

Get a voucher valued at 50nis for Steimatzky (any branch in the country!) for just 30nis!
You know you don't want to miss out on THIS deal! Hurry, quantities are limited! Click above to go to Groupon and purchase your voucher now!

While we're talking about books, I'll share a few other ways to get discount books:

Book Depository (Free Shipping Worldwide) - especially check their sale pages!

Better World Books (Free Shipping Worldwide) - the Bargain Bin has some great finds! Bargain Bin

And of course, we love finding deals for e-books for our Kindles! (pro-tip - you can install a Kindle reader on almost any device, (for free!) you don't specifically need a Kindle to benefit from the huge Kindle book selection!)

Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Homeschooling Resources

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Hi all!

I wanted to share a few of our homeschooling resources today! I know you don't all homeschool, but lately I have gotten a lot of questions from parents whose kids go to school - either about how they can also homeschool, or how they can enrich their children's education during non-school hours.

So I'm writing a really quick post for all of you - there is a lot I'm not going to be able to include here, but some of this should get you started! Here are some of the resources we use or recommend.

Do you want your kids reading more in Hebrew? Check out this introductory deal to Maariv Kids magazines, including one issue of National Geographic Kids in Hebrew! The deal will cost you just 10 shekels for an introductory package (4 magazines)! (I believe this is for Israeli addresses only.)

If you want to get your kids some classic magazines in English, consider Highlights magazines. They are inexpensive and they can be shipped to international addresses. It's a great way to keep them in tune with their English speaking peers around the world! Click here to subscribe, and Save $5 on Highlights Magazines!

I also really like the Cricket family of magazines - and there are often sales for them. We love getting the digital editions for our ipad or tablet, so we don't have to pay international shipping fees.

Anytime you're looking for ideas for curriculum, free or not, I highly recommend checking out the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op. Many deals are online and can be purchased by anyone in the world. Other deals, that are physical materials, often require a US shipping address.

Educents also has great deals for homeschoolers and for enrichment programs. They often have great deals on certain books - like the Life of Fred series - but I do recommend comparing prices before you buy.
I also rely on our Kindles - we get lots of free books for it, as well as inexpensive books from Amazon! My kids are HUGE readers, so the kindles are often in use. I'll post an update when Kindles go on sale - there's a big sale coming up soon!

If your homeschool students are ready to start studying at a college level, the Open University allows homeschoolers into their programs, though you will need to attend a guidance session and interview and convince them you're ready! Check it out today!

Every so often, we take a day to go to a Science Museum. MadaTech has Free Wednesdays still - though it's coming to an end soon. Check it out soon!

I hope to start sharing homeschooling ideas and resources about once per week, so be sure to check back here next week for more!

Let me know in the comments what you're looking for!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Restaurant Deals!

(This post contains affiliate links, and I may be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking a link. Thanks in advance for your support!) and Janglo have teamed up to bring you some great Groupon deals you don't want to miss!

This post focuses exclusively on kosher restaurants and take-out food, so if you're going to splurge, you can now afford to splurge a little more, with discount vouchers and savings. I keep checking for new deals, as I know you've been waiting for some, and this week there are some changes, so check carefully! Be sure to check the Facebook group so you don't miss out!

Also, Janglo Beteavone has a great selection of restaurant coupons. Be sure to check for deals you won't find anywhere else! But supplies are extremely limited, so hurry before they're gone.

Make sure you feed your pets too - check out this discount voucher for Anipet. Valid at stores around the country, thru the end of December.

Here's a deal for a Gift Basket of Spices from Neveh HaTavlin, valid thru November 30th. Pick up in Netanya, or call the company to arrange for delivery for an additional 34nis (up to 5 baskets can be delivered to one address for this price). Choose from the packages that cost 49nis, 59nis, or 89nis each.

Tel Aviv and Nearby:

Cafe Greg in Namal Tel Aviv (mehadrin) - Get a 40nis voucher for 20nis! Voucher valid thru Dec. 10, 2017. Each person at the table needs their own voucher, except if used for a 2-person breakfast. Reservations required.

Chuma in Gan Ha'Ir (Tel Aviv) - Meat, Middle Eastern Menu. They say "come hungry!" Choose a deal for 2 for 169nis, or for 4 for 329nis. Limit 1 Groupon per table. Reservations required. Voucher can be redeemed Sun - Thurs, 11am - 10:30pm (free parking after 5pm), and is valid thru Dec. 30, 2017

Gelato Factory in Rishon - starting at 10nis! Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

Cafe Yafo at Shuk Hapishpushim in Tel Aviv - get your 60nis voucher for just 30nis! Groupon valid thru Dec. 31, 2017, but not during Chanukah. Not valid for takeaway. Up to 2 vouchers can be used per table, and each person must have their own voucher (you cannot use one voucher to order a meal to share, sorry). During breakfast hours, only one voucher per table will be accepted.

Breakfast Buffet at the Rimonim Tower in Ramat Gan - 59nis for 1, or 115nis for 2. Valid for 30 days from date of purchase. Reservations required. Breakfast buffet is open from 7am - 10am, Sun- Fri

Breakfast Buffet at the Leonardo Boutique Hotel in Rechovot - 59nis for 1, or 115nis for 2. Valid until Oct. 30, but not on Fridays. Reservations required. Breakfast buffet is open from 8am - noon, Sun-Thurs

Dinner for 2 at Mifgash HaSteak on Ibn Gvirol in Tel Aviv - for 129nis (128nis if you hurry!). Max 4 people at a table with Groupons. Voucher valid thru Dec 15. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs 6pm-11pm and Sat nights from 1 hr after Shabbat ends until midnight. Reserve your table in advance.

Pizza Hemeshulash in Rishon - get a family size pizza with topping for 24nis or an XL pizza with topping for 30nis! Good for 90 days from date of purchase, but not on Fridays. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs 9am-11pm and Sat nights till 11pm. There's a surcharge for takeaway.

Dinner for 2 at Hilulim (mehadrin) restaurant in Tel Aviv at the border of Holon, for 169nis. Reservations required. Max 5 Groupons per table. Voucher can be used Sun - Thurs, noon - 11pm. Valid until Nov. 10, but not on Rosh Chodesh (blackout dates listed in the deal).

Save 50% at Cafe Paradiso TLV. Can be used Sun-Thurs 9am - 6pm and Fri 9am-11am. Breakfast menu is available till 1pm. Voucher valid thru Oct 30.

Chumus (or Shakshuka) plate at Levinsky 41 in Tel Aviv, 18nis for 1 person, or 34nis for 2. Can be used Sun-Thurs 9am - 6pm and Fri 9am-two hours before Shabbat. Voucher valid thru Dec 15.


Breakfast for 2 at Le Moullin Dori in the German Colony (55nis or 65nis) Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase, with reservations. Can be redeemed Sun - Thurs, 9am - 3pm

Desserts from "BaTa" in downtown Jerusalem - deals start at just 13nis! (It is kosher, I checked, even though Groupon doesn't specify that it is). Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase, BUT it says to call ahead!

Shakshuk in Machane Yehuda - 58nis for 2! Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Can be redeemed Mon - Thurs, 8am - 4:30pm, and Fridays 8am - 1pm

Montefoire (Dairy, Italian) in Yemin Moshe - Starting at 229nis for 2. Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Max 6 Groupons per table. Valid Sun-Thurs, 11am - 9pm and Fridays 11am - 2pm. Reservations required. 

Mehadrin Cheese Platters from Maccabi Gvinot in Givat Shaul (French cheeses), starting at 149nis. Treat yourself to decadence! Groupon valid thru the end of November. You must order your platter one day in advance, and pick up from Givat Shaul.

Workshops (meat cooking/butchery) at Ktzizot - including a "Carnivore's meal" and a glass of wine, for 139nis! Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Reservations required. Workshops take place on Mon, Tues, and Thurs, at 6pm and last for 2 hrs.

Takeout for Shabbat/Chag from Ulamei Atzula in Talpiot. Full catered meal for 10 people for 599nis. you must place your order 2 days in advance. Valid thru the end of October

Pescados - (Jerusalem) Lunch for two for just 139nis! Or the Dinner deal for 44% off regular price (your choice of party of 2, or party of 4). 

Buffet Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Jerusalem). 1 for 99nis / 2 for 195nis. Groupon valid Sun - Thurs 6:30pm - 9pm. Not valid on Fridays, Shabbat, Holiday eves, or Holidays.

Breakfast Buffet at the Shani Hotel (center of town) - for 49nis (1 person) or 97nis (2 people). Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

Get half off at Ta'im B'Kerem. Sun - Wed, 4pm - 9pm or Thursday 4pm -8pm. Reservations required. Valid for 60 days from date of purchase.

Haifa and North:

Japan! Japan! in Kiryat Ata, for 50% off! Groupon valid thru Dec. 3. Can be redeemed Sun- Thurs, 11am - 7pm, and Fridays 11am - 3pm

Takeout food for Shabbat from Pataio Catering in Tirat HaCarmel - get a 100nis voucher for just 50nis! 

Breakfast Buffet Deals at the Colony Hotel in Haifa - 49nis for 1, 95nis for 2, or 180nis for 4.

Breakfast Buffet at the Leonardo Hotel in Haifa - 79nis for 1/149nis for 2. Valid thru Dec. 31. Can be used Sun-Thurs, 7-10am. Not valid on holidays or erev chag

Sinta Bar (Kiryat Ata) at Kenyon Shaar Hatzafon, Burger meal for 2, for 76nis. Includes 2 burgers, one order of fries, and 2 drinks. Voucher valid for 60 days from date of purchase, and call in advance.

Shela Restaurant (Kiryat Motzkin), for 79nis per couple. Limit 2 vouchers per table. Voucher valid for 90 days from date of purchase, with advance reservations.

Sweet Dream Ice Cream Shop in Lev Hamifratz (Cinemall) for half price! Valid for 90 days from date of purchase. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs till 9:30am - 9:30pm, Fridays 9am - 2pm, and Sat night from half and hour after Shabbat until 10:30pm 

Two Felafels with French Fries at Olam HaOchel, (or two omelet pitot with french fries) for just 19nis! Valid for 60 days from date of purchase. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs till 9am - 5pm, Fridays 8am - 3pm

50% off at Ta'im L'Chulam in Haifa!

Olam Ha'Ochel in Haifa (meat restaurant, with tons of salads for the table) for just 35nis per person (69nis for 2!). Groupon valid for 90 days from date of purchase, and only from 8am - 5:30pm (Sun-Thurs) or 8am - 4pm Fridays. limit 8 people with Groupons per table. 

Sushi Dinner for two at Frangelico in Akko, for 88nis. Valid thru Nov 30. Note: the dinner deal has a set menu, you cannot ask for variations. Voucher can be redeemed Sun - Thurs, 11:30am - 9:30pm, Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm, or Sat. night from an hour after Shabbat ends until 10:30pm

Breakfast for 2 at the Ramada Resort, Hadera, for 139nis. Valid thru Oct 30. There are blackout dates (cannot be used during Sukkot, or Fri-Sat, and more). Reservations required.


Lunch at "Space" in Moshav Amonim - 139nis for 1, 279nis for 2, or 549nis for 4. Voucher valid thru Jan. 31, 2018. Check for blackout dates, and reservations required. Generally valid Sun-Thurs noon - 5:30pm or Fridays noon - 2pm

Pizza HaGesher in Be'er Sheva (Mehadrin) - Get an XL pie for just 29nis! Sun - Thurs, 11am - 8pm, and Fridays 11am - 4pm. Groupon valid for 60 days from date of purchase

Breakfast Buffet at the Leonardo Plaza in Ashdod: 59nis for one, or 116nis for two. Voucher valid until November 11. Can be redeemed Sun-Thurs 6:30am - 10:30am, with advance reservations ONLY

HaMeksikani in Ashkelon, for just 25nis per person! Groupon valid thru Oct. 30, Sun-Thurs, 3pm - 10pm. Delivery is not available with the Groupon

Ola Chef's Restaurant in Eilat, for 129nis per person, or 255nis for two. Reservations required. Not valid on Holidays or Erev Chag. Groupon valid for 2 months from date of purchase.

Ribs in Ashkelon - Dinner for 2, valid Sun - Thurs, noon - 7pm, starting at 99nis, or get a 400nis voucher for 195nis valid at more times. Looks like you should reserve your table in advance. Not valid on Holidays.

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Attractions, Workshops and Shows (Discounts for you!)

(This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission when you make a purchase. Thanks for your support!) and Janglo have teamed up to bring you some great Groupon deals you don't want to miss!

This fall, you can save BIG with discount vouchers and savings on entertainment - the links in this post will take you to discount deals for each place listed. Hurry, some deals sell out quickly! Don't forget to share these deals with your friends - friends don't let friends pay full price, right?

Click here for Restaurant Deals!

Need help getting to the show or workshop? Gett Taxi has vouchers on Groupon right now! Get your 50nis voucher for as low as 5nis! (5nis deal is for new customers ONLY. For existing customers, the deal costs 25nis)

Workshops and Attractions:

Exclusive Deal: Get 10% off at the Maimonides Puzzle Room in Tiberias. Use code "Kosherfrugal" when you make your reservation! Reservations required. Call 053-530-3018 to reserve your time slot.

Pilot for a Day (at your choice of locations), complete with a professional video of the experience, starting at 489nis!

Escape Rooms in Tel Aviv, starting at 69nis per person (or 139nis for 2, or 269nis for 4)! Reservations required

Harry Houdini Escape Room in Tel Aviv - check out the deal for 6 players for just 299nis!

Laser Tag at Cinema City Glilot (Sharon area) - check out these deals for groups of 4, 6, or 8!

Petting Zoo in Kibbutz Deganya for 21nis per person

Ice Skating at Montfort Lake (Maalot) - deals start at 35nis per person!

The Monkey Park in Ya'ar Ben Shemen - buy a single admission for 34nis, or a family admission (4 people) for 135nis! Voucher valid thru the end of November. No need to buy a ticket for children under 2 who will be with you.

Spa Day for two at the Daniel Hotel (Dead Sea). starts at 295nis!

Beer Making Workshop in Jerusalem, for just 249nis. Two sessions, totaling 8 hrs.

Psagot Winery Tours, starting at just 24nis per person!


"Giselle" performed by the Russian Ballet - some dates are on Shabbat, but others are not. Check dates and locations carefully before you buy! Tickets are 89nis and up with this deal. Performances still available that are not on Shabbat: 19.11 at 8pm in Petach Tikva, 21.11 at 8pm in Ashkelon

"Shakespeare in Love" (in Hebrew) in Tel Aviv Dec. 24 and 25 - Groupon tix are over 50% off list price!

"Oedipus Shmoedipus" - Yiddish theater production in Ashkelon, on November 26, for just 69nis per ticket!

"Frida" (in Hebrew) in Tel Aviv - Groupon tix are just 79nis!

Les Miserables (in Hebrew) in Tel Aviv at the end of November! Groupon tix are just 99nis!

Here's a deal for a subscription to shows at HaBimah theater - choose 2 tickets to any of the shows in the next year, 4 tickets to any of the shows in the next year, or 6 tickets to any of the shows in the next year!

Hope you enjoy these deals! Let me know which ones are your favorites!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Two more Food Recalls

Today, two food recalls were announced (press releases can be found here and here):

1. Frozen Corn that may be contaminated with Listeria

Brand: HaMuvcharim SheBakfu'im 
Product: Frozen Corn Kernels
Package Size: 1 kg and 2.5 kg packages
Use by Date: 25.9.19

Despite the fact that this product has cooking instructions to boil before serving, and boiling should kill listeria, the product is being recalled. Anyone who purchased these should return them to the store where purchased. If you have questions, please contact Hamawi Bros., Ltd. at 02-651-9099

2. Whole Techina that may be contaminated with Salmonella

Brand: Galilee Hives (Mechaveret HaGalil)
Product: Whole Techina, imported from Ethiopia
Package Size: 380g and 720g
Barcodes: 7290000411682 and 7290000411699
Use by Date: all expiration dates thru 2/2020

Anyone who purchased these should return them to the store where purchased. If you have questions, please contact customer service at 04-694-7826

Please share this post with anyone who may not have heard about these recalls! Friends don't let friends get food poisoning!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gluten Free "Bread" Experiment

I was asked to make sure I have a bread substitute for this Shabbat for someone eating here who has recently gone gluten free and is not so happy about it.

Gluten Free breads tend to be very pricey in my neck of the woods, so I figured I should save a bunch of money making my own! But I didn't want to spend a lot of time patchey-ing, and I didn't want to use starch and xanthum gum to figure something out...

So I thought back to that Techina Bread that made the rounds one Pesach in the not-so-distant past, and that I had made using cashew butter for Pesach (as we are not kitniyot eaters). I remembered it being slightly more cake-like than bread-like, so I decided to tweak it a bit. No, this is not a real bread that you can make "hamotzi" on, but I think anyone who really cannot eat gluten doesn't need to make hamotzi, so it's ok (that's my understanding, but I'm not giving you a halachic psak - check with your halachic authority).

The Techina bread recipe calls for eggs, techina, honey, and baking soda. That's it! Hoping to make it a bit more like a hearty, whole grain bread, I changed things up a bit.

Here's my version:

4 eggs
1/2 cup techina
2 tablespoons silan
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp flaxseed
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds (+ more for topping, if you want)
pinch of salt

Mix together eggs, techina, silan, salt, and baking soda - mix well with a whisk until thoroughly combined and batter thickens slightly. Fold in seeds.
Fill greased baking pan(s) - I used 3 mini loaf pans, but it can certainly be made in 1 loaf pan for one loaf
 - and sprinkle extra sesame seeds on top (optional).

Bake 25-35 min at 180 C (about 360 degrees F) It turned a rich golden-brown color, and resembles a whole grain bread (at least that!)!

Hoping it goes over well! I nibbled one and it's definitely less cake-like than my last experiment! I liked it! Hoping my picky "customer" enjoys it too!

Let me know if you give it a try!