Tatti Loft, of Yehud - (03) 539-2501/3 - and Givatayim - (03) 731-5880; (03) 573-9526, holds a special Shavuot happening with tastings, Marsala cheeses, Carmel wines and Tati's baked goods - all with great music in the background. While the cheesecakes were nothing special, the breads are terrific. The Bucharian bread with Emmental cheese and cumin was great even after a few days, when heated up in the toaster. The salty crunch, despite looking like a yeast cake, is filled with cheeses, olives and spices was terrific as well and polished off in seconds. May 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and May 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Miki Shemo chain has a serious selection of all things cheesy for the holiday. First and foremost is a huge selection of cheesecakes, baked and cold-set, in lemon, peach, milk chocolate and sour cream and seasonal fruit varieties and more (NIS 42-120). Shemo's strudels are some of the best commercially available. Of particular note is the ricotta and raisen, so very nice alongside a great mug of coffee. Should sweet not be your thing, you can either go savory with a choice of quiches (try the sweet potato and onion), a variety of salty snacks and sugar-free desserts. For the full menu and list of locations visit shemo.co.il; kosher.
Eidelson 10, the Tel Aviv bakery, has its usual selection of delectable holiday goods in a Parisian style available from May 24-28. At 252 Ben Yehuda, 117 Dizengoff, 57 Weizman and 2 Malhei Yisrael
For an Indian take on this Jewish holiday, check out Indira's fixed-price menu (NIS 85/diner) based on Panir goat's cheese - delicious and zero percent fat. 4 Sderot Shaul Hameleh; (03) 695-4437
Chances are your holiday's going to include copious amounts of cheese, enjoyed with guests, in the comfort of your own home. If so, it's not just about the quality of the food but the tools you use to serve. The Cook Store has a cheese knife set - complete with wooden serving board - for NIS 119. For all your cheese cutting needs visit cookstore.co.il or call 1-800-384-838 for a location near you.