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December, 2007

  • The Bardakist

    Israeli food report


    As some of you know, during most of Dec I spent some time with my family in Israel. Since some of you asked me, I hereby provide a short report of the food you can experience in Israel. Starting from the foods in the markets to the restaurants. I also added rating (****: good , *****: super)

    1.  Shook Hakarmel and Nachlat Biniamin in Tel Aviv (****): this is a nice and busy open market where you can find everything. I especially like to drink fresh pomegranate juice in one of the shops that offer it in the season.

    2. Machne Yehuda and Azura in Jerusalem (*****): This is the open market of Jerusalem with its special tastes and smells. Inside it there is a hidden small restaurant called Azura that serves traditional food that is cooked on petrol burners. They select food that is fresh, cook it and sell until they run out. We had rice, beans, meatballs and musakka.

    3. Falafel Yad Eliyahu (***): Falafel is one of Israel's (and the middle east) traditional foods. I liked to stop by the Falafel hut in Yad Eliyahu next to the Nokia basketball arena and have a pita bread with Falafel and some cold non alcoholic black beer.

    4. Gam ve Gam restaurant in Rosh Hain (****): This is a traditional Yemenite restaurant where I used to eat when I worked in Goman in Rosh Hain. They are several young brothers who manage the restaurant and serve traditional food. The Cow Leg soup is especially yummy.

    5. Barabunya restaurant Tel Aviv (Ben Yehuda St) (****): This is one of the seafood restaurant that start with serving mazzet salads and then bring a nice fresh fish grilled.

    6. Jako (Hetzel st. Tel aviv) (****): Another excellent and typical seafood restaurant.

    7. Ben Ezra Hadayag in Atlit (****): Atlit is a fisherman small city near Haifa and you can find nice fresh fish and salads in this restaurent.

    8. NG Bar, Tel Aviv (****): good quality meat and wine at this renovated historic part of Tel Aviv.

    9. Susanna, tel aviv (*****): an excellent small restaurant near the susan Dalal dancing center in Tel Aviv. Don't miss the Haraima, Bamya and the Kube Soup.

    10. Herbert Samual (****): nice and fancy restaurent near the Carmel market in tel aviv. The design of the restaurant has 3 floors. The kitchen is on the top one and you can look at the food being prepared.

    11. Toto restaurent (*****): a stylish Italian restaurant with a very creative chef. Enjoy the gnocchi and seafood.

    When you visit Israel, feel free to use this info.

     Happy New 2008



  • The Bardakist

    Happy New Year from the Silverlight team

    During the weekend and with the help of some Wunderman/VML people and Tiffany our web lady, we managed to retrofit the holiday greeting card as a Happy New Year card. It is available at: Please share it with your freinds.
  • The Bardakist

    Gizmox and bridging the gap between Windows Forms developmnent and Silverlight/Ajax style applications


    During my last visit to Israel I had the pleasure of meeting an interesting company that is called Gizmox.

    Gizmox logo

    Gizmox had developed an application UI framework that bridges veteran practices of building enterprise applications (using WinForms) with web 2.0 style application delivery (AJAX style). The idea behind their solution is that the WinForm application style can be sub classed to have a class that separates the UI implementation (and optimizes the communication between the UI and the application logic) from the UI logic. The result is that one can develop a Windows Forms style application and the WebGui class underneath emits an ASP.NET application that maintains states and conencts a JavaScript based UI to the application UI logic that runs on the server. The result is a modern Web 2.0 style application that was developed with the Windows Forms UI paradigm. Note that the application is an ASP.NET application and can be extended in a standard way. The technology is licensed under an LGPL license and already in use by large enterprise customers (SAP is using it for their labs application). 

    Feel fee to explore a little more of the workflow in their web site: 

    The next generation of this technology will be using Silverlight to achieve a more powerful UI for this new type of rich interactive applications. Once it is ready, I will cover it again.

    Until next time...


  • The Bardakist

    Happy Holidays



    I spent the last month traveling, visiting the UK and my home country, Israel. Sun was abundant and thus my spirit is high.

    Beyond some vacation and very close ancounters with Alpakas and Lamas (images will follow) I had the pleasure to meet some design firms that are already doing great things with Silverlight and some startup companies that are lookign into harnessing what Silvelright can do to the innovation they want to bring (more details about these in my next blog).

     But now it is time to relax and enjoy the holiday season. It is my pleasure to introduce some jems that you can share with freinds:

    1. - design your own gengerbread and share it.

    2. - view a pencil drawn London

    3. - from the MSDN norway team

    4. And my favorite:  - absolutly a contender to the next eurovision song contest

     Until next time.


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