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Sensory overload, but oh what delicious fun

As we seven women entered the Galleria in Moshav Neve Yamin, just outside of Kfar Saba, we all exclaimed in disbelief at the amazing environment that we had just entered. We seven are the Arts & Crafts Fair Committee for ESRA Netanya's first annual Fair - a wonderful success held in November 2013 - and we were on a mission to celebrate our success and to deconstruct the Fair in order to plan an even better one for next year!

My husband had taken me to the Galleria as a treat for the first time a few months before, and I knew it would be the perfect venue to celebrate our victory. It is an amazing vegetarian restaurant, open for lunch only, inside a huge barracks-like building which was formerly an antiques shop. The restaurant is absolutely filled to the brim with mostly English antiques. Tea pots, dolls, whole dinner services in completely matching patterns, all manner of chachkas and ephemera abound and one does not know where to look first. The floors are covered with aging oriental carpets and way out back in the second room is an amazing women's clothing and accessories shop filled with beautiful, though pricey, Israeli designer outfits, t-shirts, bags, scarves and much, much more. It's just the right place to get an outstanding frock for that very special simcha or event.

The food includes hot vegetarian dishes, tens of salads, each more inventive and delicious than the last, and delicious choices for dessert. It's a prix fixe lunch including a hot and a cold beverage. The fresh berry juice is brought to the table in lovely antique pitchers to accompany the meal and hot tea or coffee is served with dessert. I have now been there three times and each trip presented many different food choices. This past visit there was amazing hot soup that took the edge off a chilly day.

After calming down from the sensory overload, laughing continuously and digesting our wonderful lunch, the committee discussed the good, the bad and the ugly (really no ugly and very little bad) from our first venture presenting an Arts Fair, and set about planning our next one. We have decided upon a pre-Rosh Hashana event in early September 2014. Watch out for notices and put it in your calendars so that you don't miss out on this fun event providing great buys on handmade Arts and Crafts from local Israeli artisans. All the profits will go towards funding our ESRA Netanya Projects.v 



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