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Anthea Gerrie
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Sex was what saved me

By Anthea Gerrie, July 23, 2015

To know your mother was raped multiple times and obliged to suffer unspeakable humiliation to survive the Holocaust is bad enough. To hear her tell the story chapter and verse and then relive her painful experiences while assembling them into a book must be excruciating.

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Why Israeli spice tastes twice as nice

By Anthea Gerrie, July 21, 2015

Avi Zitherspieler has created an international brand from the most unlikely sources. In the past decade, his brand, Spicy Way, has become a household name in Israel and has an overseas presence.

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Light at the end of the tunnel for historic Mellah

By Anthea Gerrie, July 9, 2015

"They never said goodbye!" Assam complained wistfully of his Jewish neighbours of many years as he hammered a leaded glass lantern together for us in Marrakesh's Place des Ferblantiers.

This square, packed with artisans, is the entrance to the city's old Jewish quarter, known as the Mellah. It is about to undergo a massive £13 million government refurbishment.

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Leela Palace, Bangalore

By Anthea Gerrie, June 25, 2015

It may be the modern face of India, but at heart Bangalore is still firmly wedded to the great days of the Raj. Which explains why its best hotel, the Leela Palace, unashamedly takes its inspiration from a maharajah's palace, recalling those glory days rather than the gleaming glass structures of the IT multinationals that strut their stuff on the outskirts of the city.

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Bullet-riddled buildings and locals who aren’t afraid to mention the war

By Anthea Gerrie, June 15, 2015

Had Archduke Franz Ferdinand kept his date with the Chief Rabbi of Sarajevo, the First World War might never have been. Such is the city's legacy, given its position at the crossroads of Europe, with tensions that have brought this east-meets-west metropolis much more than its fair share of suffering.

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Israeli spying's glamorous face

By Anthea Gerrie, June 4, 2015

They are known for their prodigious creativity and wealth, but for the skeleton in their cupboard, not so much. Yet this month the secret will be out - bubbe de Botton famously used her charm and charisma to spy for Israel.

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Vive la cuisine française!

By Anthea Gerrie, May 28, 2015

From Manhattan to rural Provence where she is "chief tasting officer" at one of France's top ice-cream parlours, life has taken some interesting turns for bestselling author Elizabeth Bard.

Bard grew up in New York with family Seders packing 35 round the table, but found things very different in France.

"I went from a society where I was surrounded by Jewishness to one where religion is so p

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Castello del Nero, Tuscany

By Anthea Gerrie, May 23, 2015

It's everything you'd expect of a 5-star hotel in Tuscany. Castello del Nero offers the 12th-century bones of a noble residence, adapted for modern comfort while preserving ancient features like beams and old brick floors.

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Deli life: We’ll have some of what they’re having

By Anthea Gerrie, May 8, 2015

It's been 35 years since When Harry Met Sally, yet it seems we are keener to have some of what she's having than ever before.

Meg Ryan's scene with the turkey sandwich elevated Katz's Deli to lifetime legend status, but until recently, the New York deli seemed destined for extinction.

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Z Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, April 23, 2015

Is "affordable luxury" just another way of saying "no frills"?I pondered this when crossing London's busy City Road late at night in search of a pack of the tissues not provided in my room at the Z Shoreditch. Yet this was a room billed as coming equipped with toiletries - for which read "one bog-standard little tube of shower gel-cum-shampoo".

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A whole lot of bottle

By Anthea Gerrie, April 8, 2015

It may have been an unknown, struggling winery 30 years ago, but all that mattered to London philanthropist Mat Haruni is that Dalton was in the Galilee. "He was only interested in finding and promoting a business in this area, and in particular close to Israel's northern borders," says Haruni's son, Alex.

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Beaumont Hotel

By Anthea Gerrie, April 2, 2015

A century after Mr Selfridge opened his emporium, top-drawer elegance has returned to Oxford Street with what may be London's most beautiful new boutique hotel.

Avoiding the tourist tat shops, cross over from Selfridges' main entrance and head down Balderton Street till a robot stops you in your tracks.

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Balaboosta does Seder

By Anthea Gerrie, March 19, 2015

Passover dinner for 55? When you're used to catering family Seders for almost that many - and happen to be a chef - it's a joy rather than a nightmare.

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Mottram Hall

By Anthea Gerrie, March 12, 2015

You may not get to bend the ear of Beckham, but Mottram Hall is one of the few places you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with the stars of Manchester United and Manchester City.

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Beefing up on an old favourite

By Anthea Gerrie, March 5, 2015

There can be precious few places where Jewish and Irish cuisines converge, but for both cultures, one dish is paramount. As St Patrick's Day approaches, the Irish are looking forward to a traditional festive treat Ashkenazi Jews enjoy year round - succulent salt beef, aromatic, prettily pink and unashamedly fatty.

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