Category: Beaches of Tel Aviv

Russian Tourists become accidental face of Tel Aviv’s newest Gay Club

Russian Speedos Daily Freier

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By Mia Deych

Last Updated 7/26/2016 at 8:30 AM

Tel Aviv: The media is thrilled and the gay community is excited – a brand-new gay club will open on Rothschild Boulevard this Thursday. The revolutionary and rebellious concept of the new club is “Be Real”: a club for members of the gay community who are tired of trying to be flawless.

There is too much pressure on gays in Tel Aviv.” explained Motti, one of the 26 promoters of the club.“ You have to be fit, and tan, and waxed, and eyebrows on fleek. This causes anxiety and protein shake disorders. On the other hand, we want to be unbound and appearance-friendly for everyone”.

We accompanied the “Be Real” team as they went to the beach to take photographs for their website and promotional  posters. The photographers Ori and Tzachi looked confused and lost because everyone indeed looked so handsome and fabulous, when all of a sudden they saw two Russian tourists emerging from the water. Ori enthused “They’re 110 Kilos but wearing these tiny little speedos. But they look so real…. or maybe just sunburned  and hung over.” Both photographers ran toward the tourists to take some sneak pictures of their modern-day heroes. Tzachi and Ori came back very encouraged, and shared their theories.

– This one used to be Twink, but he looks more like a straight man now.
– That one is more of a Bear, but in a subtle way, if you know what I mean.

The Daily Freier is not always up to speed with all of the terminology to hold this conversation, so we decided to talk to the tourists ourselves. Unfortunately, the newfound celebrities barely spoke English, and we only understood that their wives were meeting them for a mid-day bowl of borscht.

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How to Tan like the French!

How to Tan like the French! Daily Freier

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By Mia Deych, with Mark Levy

Last Updated 7/21/2016 at 1:20 PM

Tel Aviv, Bograshov: If you’ve ever heard of the French diet also known as the ‘French paradox’ (the observation of low coronary heart disease (CHD) death rates despite high intake of dietary cholesterol and saturated fat – This phrase was copy/pasted. Thank you, Google), you are probably aware of how many contradictions and how much mystery there is about the French.

 Typical Tzarfatim are easily spotted in Tel Aviv, neither because they are cooing in French, nor because men’s hair is perfectly messy and women’s outfits are out-of-this-world trendy, but rather because they are unbelievably TAN.  By that we mean not just a “I’ve been to the beach a lot” tan, but a very specific shade of brown with a hint of clove and a whiff of cherries and black currants. We would even call this colour ‘Burgundy‘, but we are not French, so we don’t dare.

 So how does one achieve this branded shade? The Daily Freier compiled a list of “Do’s and Don’ts“.

 Do’s:

1.       Hang out with French people, eat at French-owned restaurants, and buy French products.

2.       Become fashionably religious, keep traditions strictly (like Kashrut or Shabbat), but do it gracefully.

3.       Keep on being slightly condescending, but add a solid touch of the Israeli chutzpah.

4.       Be very proud of being French, but insist on speaking solely in Hebrew with all non-French people.

5.       Spend a lot (read: “all“) of your time at Lala-Land Restaurant on Frischman Beach.

6.       The corner of Bograshov and Ben Yehuda is the new Center of your Universe.

Don’ts:

1.       Don’t even try to do everything above. You do not have the panache to make this work.

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De mes plus sincères salutations,

Mia Deych

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