Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Conversations With Naomi: Paz in Tel Aviv

I stayed at the fabulous Brown Boutique Hotel at Kalisher 25 in Tel Aviv  on my recent vacation to Israel. When I arrived at the Brown, I was somewhat ferklempt. I had driven from Walnut Creek, California at 4:15 AM to San Francisco International Airport, and then flown from there to New York City. I then grabbed a flight on El Al to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, and after the plane landed, I dashed for a taxi to Tel Aviv. I was greeted by the Brown's friendly, efficient and, savvy staff and promptly offered ice cold chilled Cava champagne, which really hit the spot.

There's a roof top deck bar with amazing views of Tel Aviv, which I discovered on my second night. And it was up on the roof where I met Paz, a bartender who agreed to do a short interview for this column.

Paz from Tel Aviv
I had ordered a Lemon Drop and Paz deftly took out his iphone and looked up the recipe. Of course I could tell that Paz had more intrigue and depth than just his talent for mixology. I began the interview by probing into his family history. And this is how it went:
                                               
Naomi: I am interested in knowing some of your family background, if you don't mind.


Paz: I had one grandmother who was a Holocaust Survivor from Poland. She lost her entire huge family and then emigrated to Israel. After that, she decided she would not be religious. My other grandparents came from Iraq. They brought my father here to Israel in 1951.

Naomi: I can see that you are an excellent bartender, but do you have any dreams for the future?

Paz: Yes, I am actually working on my visa to come the the United States where I hope to start a fashion design business. Besides that, I am also in the process of taking what's in my brain, all of my ideas for the designs, to paper.

Naomi: That sounds fantastic! What type of clothing do you want to design and produce? What is your concept?

Paz: It is 'Street design,' Israeli style.

Naomi:  I wish you the best Paz, and please, always remember to follow your dreams!

(example of Israeli Street Fashion)




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