Tu Be’av, the Jewish festival of love, was celebrated in the olden days in the vineyards.

Nowadays, it seems vineyards have been replaced by restaurants, and the grapes by bottles of wine. Still, any excuse to celebrate is good, and most restaurants and bars have special offers for Tu Be’av.

The largest restaurant Internet site, zap rest, together with the Tel Aviv Municipality, will host romantic rickshaw tours around the city, stopping by romantic sites and giving away vouchers for restaurants in Tel Aviv, on Thursday August 2. (www.rest.co.il).

The Olive Leaf in the Tel Aviv Hilton offers a special package that consists of a romantic dinner for two, a luxurious night at the hotel and a sumptuous breakfast for NIS 1,350.

The Seatra restaurant in the elegant Sea & Sun complex in the northernmost part of Tel Aviv offers specials on August 2 and 3, with romantic red decorations and dishes. (03) 699-6633.

Jerusalem’s gourmet Lara restaurant will celebrate the holiday for a whole week, ending on August 2, with a special seven-dish menu and some surprises for NIS 190 per person.

Not far from Jerusalem, at Rama’s Kitchen in Nataf, you can celebrate Tu Be’av on August 2 at 7:45 p.m., as the round moon rises, with romantic tales and special dishes created for the evening and served with excellent wines from Flam Winery, at NIS 290 per person. Call for reservations (02) 570-0954.

And Meatball in Rishon Lezion offers a special menu or a heart-shaped burger. (03) 964-6468.

A little farther north, near Savyon, the Goldstein gourmet deli and restaurant offers special desserts for the holiday, with two glasses of champagne, for NIS 44. (03) 533-0304.

And if it’s only chocolate that will win your loved one’s affection, the heart-shaped chocolate mousse at Boutique Central Bakery is sure to please. www.boutiquecentral.co.il.

Look for more specials at restaurants in your area.

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