Hi! I’m Julia, I am 21 years old, and the current label on my CV is “college student”. I reside in Herzliya, Israel, which is also the same city I study in. I have one year left of my B.A in Communications at the International School which is part of the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya.. IDC for short (Yes, I’m aware it sounds like a prison, but it’s really not!). I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, but at the tender age of 18, the State of Israel called my name, begging me to grace this beautiful country with my presence. I’ll tell you more about how I ended up here in a later post but for now, I’ll keep it basic.

Enjoying my daily poison in Toronto

Unlike many college students, I would rather take my time to prepare and cook myself a delicious meal than simply pop a frozen meal in the microwave. I enjoy searching the Web for new recipes and inspirations for my next dinner (or dessert).

My blog is called The Exotic Kosher because whenever I search for kosher recipes on Google or Pinterest, all that comes up is traditionally “Jewish” food. Don’t get me wrong, I love Brisket and Kugel, but those are things that I eat on the holidays, not year round. For the majority of the year, I eat a variety of foods including, but not limited to, Mediterranean (FAVE), Middle Eastern, South American, and traditional American (whatever that is). So I made this blog for all the kosher foodies who love making exotic dishes but don’t have the resources to create them.

My gorgeous family in Chelsea, NY in 2015. (from left: Rachel, Allen, Diane, Julia [me], Jeremy)
Many of my dishes come from my mother’s wonderful cooking (RIP mom, you da bomb), from other recipes that I tweaked to fit kosher rules, and many of which are inspired by places i’ve traveled and people who have so kindly fed my hungry soul.

So check out all my recipes and leave some feedback!

Xo, Julia