moni kahlon

who are you?

my name is moni kahlon. i am 32 years old. married to a beautiful wife named baylee and father to a beautiful baby boy named oriahn .

where are you from?

i am from hatikva neighborhood in south tel aviv, a very unique place that i love a lot. it is where i work and it is what i am passionate about.

what is your passion?

my passion is food, people, culture, and the mix and intersections between the three of those things. the way they work together. the way they influence each other. and the way they are super interesting to watch, to try and to eat.

best piece of advice?

not to fight life when it shows you a direction. if so many things are going in a certain direction even though it wasn't your initial plan, just go with it. i was a psychologist before, i was on a route to become a clinical psychologist and then things got along really well to become a food tour manager and instructor, so i started doing that and i really love what i'm doing.

3 things you can't live without

family  >  i love family. my original family, my parents, my siblings. friends who are family

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food  >  i am miserable every year on yom kippur when we fast

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sunshine  >  i used to live in a cold climate for about a year and didn't really like it. i love the summer. i love the beach. i love being able to walk half-naked in the streets

what makes you feel alive?

markets make me feel at home. it doesn't have to be bazaars, it doesn't have to be your typical market. i like it when people are coming together, eating, talking. there is this buzz going around. you can feel it. if you close your eyes you know immediately where you are. i really feel alive being in a market no matter where i am in the world.

what could you eat every day?

a dish that we are serving on one of our tours, specifically the tour that goes from the neighborhood where i am living right now. it's called 'su böregi.' the meaning of it in turkish is 'water borekas.' and it is like lasagna and borekas fell in love and had a beautiful baby. if you don't know what borekas is, that's a bummer. a good place to eat it would be on one of our tours.

what do you want to do next?

i want to be the best in what we are doing right now. i want our company to be so good in storytelling, in narrative building, in food describing. i want to deal with happy people and drink wine and have tons of different food from all over the world and be able to travel and show other people things i am passionate about. i want to keep doing what i am doing now. just better, and harder and bigger.

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