Okay, not ‘with’ her but near her! Dalia Itzik is Israel’s Speaker of the Knesset and first woman to hold the post! I was enjoying supreme squid at Manta Ray, the very best beach-side cafe in Tel Aviv, and marveling as this petite powerhouse sauntered in with male attendants in tow.

The waves rolled by, the awesome food kept coming like baba ghanoush and other Mediterranean salads with pita, and our spot was so hot that even our waiter was ‘someone’–he was a VJ on local MTV!

So the next time you are in Tel Aviv, be sure to mangia at Manta Ray! The vibe is fresh, the patrons are It Listers, there is a whole mimosa menu (!!), and with all the sea-side decor, you’ll swear you’re in San Diego.

Manta Ray
Alma Beach (southern side of the promenade) between Tel Aviv and Jaffa, nearer to Jaffa
Price: NIS 80-150 pp
Tel: (03) 517-4773
Open: Sun-Sat 9:00-24:00