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Anthea Gerrie
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Kitchen failure: silver lining

By Anthea Gerrie, August 1, 2014

This time last year Roy Levy was weeping over the loaf he had just carefully lifted from his new oven. it was a lumpen mass: "i had been baking for 20 years, but this was nothing like the beautiful sourdough I was used to making," he laments.
"It was almost as if I had never learned to make bread."

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Mixing it with the best

By Anthea Gerrie, July 31, 2014

He is a bar owner called Bar. And now he's set to make history as the first Israeli to take part in a prestigious coctail-making competition.

And Bar Shira, 35, has one disadvantage. He operates in a country with limited alcohol consumption.

"But bar life is only down 20 per cent while the country is at war," he said.

Mr Shira grew up in a household where alcohol was unknown.

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It's all coming back to me now

By Anthea Gerrie, July 18, 2014

It's back to the future this summer.

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Best seats for summer sports fans

By Anthea Gerrie, July 18, 2014

For once, amazingly Wimbledon didn't open to rain this year and the fact that both the tennis and the World Cup coincided with a heatwave was a wake-up call to garden-owners who found themselves obliged to stay indoors to follow the action.

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Tabor wine: it's the real thing

By Anthea Gerrie, July 10, 2014

It's a very modern Israeli fairytale. A grape grower - the fourth generation of growers in his village - decides not to sell his grapes to wine makers any more. Instead, he finds a wine-maker to help him produce his own wine. The results are so good that a subsidiary of multi-national Coca-Cola notices and invests millions.

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Skeppsholmen

By Anthea Gerrie, June 12, 2014

In a gloriously green, fresh-air city surrounded by water, it can be hard to find the serenity which is the secret weapon of the most beautiful capital in Scandinavia.

Enter the Skeppsholmen Hotel, which offers peace, quiet and high design just a 10-minute stroll from Stockholm's bustling city centre.

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Hotel of the week: The Francis Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, January 17, 2014

What you really want when you get to the Georgian architectural extravaganza that is Bath, is a hotel that really lets you live the dream. The Francis is one of just a handful in this elegant town which lives up to the promise, but has been rather delightfully reinterpreted with a touch of je ne sais quoi by the French.

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Sun, sea and kassams? Gaza border promoted as tourist destination

By Anthea Gerrie, January 2, 2014

It is cut off from beautiful beaches by barbed wire and a target for missiles, but the area around the Gaza border is being touted as Israel’s newest tourist attraction.

That’s according to the Tourism Ministry, which is throwing NIS 2 million (£350,000) at an area visitors have avoided for years over safety fears.

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Peru: Heading for the hills

By Anthea Gerrie, November 27, 2013

A gift from the Jews!” declares my tour guide, pointing out the white Jesus extending his arms over Cuzco in the manner of its more famous neighbour in Rio.

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Hotel of the week: Sloane Club, London

By Anthea Gerrie, November 15, 2013

Anyone who’s ever wandered past those millionaires’ mansions in Belgravia and wondered what it would be like to live the life can now do so for a few days courtesy of the Sloane Club.

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Thai the knot

By Anthea Gerrie, November 12, 2012

They married on an oriental beach, on the night the earth came closest to the full moon in 50 years. It sounds like the kind of exotic celebration that only a professional wedding planner could pull together, but Justin and Alison Freeden made all their own arrangements for their dream wedding on a Thai beach.

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Israel asks citizens to boost tourism as patriotic duty

By Anthea Gerrie, October 19, 2012

Israelis are being pressed to entice more tourists to the Jewish state as their patriotic duty — with the incentive of winning a holiday at home for themselves.

The Ministry of Tourism is launching a new website this month containing postcards and video clips visitors can use to introduce overseas friends, family and colleagues to the country.

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Golan Heights - the French-style Israeli winery which is hitting the heights

By Anthea Gerrie, July 19, 2012

Chateau Golan is one of Israel’s top wineries, but also one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It is just down the road from the huge Golan Heights Winery, where Israel’s premium wine industry was born. But apart from the fabulous fertile soil of the Golan and the fact both make wonderful wines, they are as different as chalk and cheese.

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By the Skin of his Teeth

By Anthea Gerrie, June 22, 2012

John Izbicki’s autobiography, Life Between the Lines (Umbria Press, £12.95), opens with his memories of running down the street as a five-year-old, exuberantly shouting: “I am a Jew!”. As this was in Hitler’s Berlin, it gave his parents understandable cause for anxiety.

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Something for Croatians to crow about

By Anthea Gerrie, June 21, 2012

Could we soon be asking for a nice glass of malvasia? It would not be the first time a beautiful and distinctive grape has put a whole new country on the wine map.

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