Actress Odeya Rush reveals her favorite Israeli foods
As her new movie, 'Let it Snow,' hits Netflix, Rush admits to some guilty pleasures: 'Cheese,' she said. 'I love cheese.'
"My God, now I'm getting so hungry."
We're on the phone with Israeli actress Odeya Rush, whose movie, "Let it Snow," is now streaming on Netflix. The topic of food comes up, and the 22-year-old Haifa native can barely contain herself, as she rattles off her favorite dishes from her home country.
"You can find amazing food everywhere in Israel. You don't have to go anywhere fancy," she told From The Grapevine. "It's funny, I feel like sometimes in America – especially in L.A. – you have a lot of these bad doughnut shops and things like that. And when I was in Israel last time, we wanted ice cream. So my brother stops in this place that, if it was in America, would look like it'd have the crappiest flavors. And I'm like, 'Here?' And he's like, 'What? What's wrong with this?' And I'm like, 'Oh, I forgot that in Israel, to stop at a little hole in the wall is so common.' Everywhere you go, you're gonna have good food. Stopping at a little stand, you're still gonna have amazing food."
And that ethos goes far beyond ice cream. "I love all the Israeli chocolate, I love bourekas, I love Israeli salad," she said. "I like that if you go to an Israeli store or restaurant, you know that everything's going to be healthy. I like that style of living. It's very easy and there's not a lot of chemicals, so it's good." She added that the Mediterranean diet has helped popularize the area's cuisine. "I think it's because it's like going to France – everyone is in really good shape."
But lest you think Rush is all fruits and veggies, she admits to having some guilty pleasures. "I love salty and spicy and savory things. So pasta I really like, and anything kind of savory, like carbs. Cheese, I love cheese."
Rush, who last year appeared in Netflix's Dolly Parton-inspired "Dumplin" movie, admits that spending her teenage years in America opened her eyes to another kind of cuisine. "When I was in high school, all we ate was really bad food. It's just easier," she explained. "I feel like when I first came to Alabama, I actually didn't really enjoy the Southern food because it was so different. I didn't understand why. Pasta with cheese sounded really weird to me; mac and cheese was just so strange. And now I love it. But when I first moved, I just didn't really like hamburgers and french fries."
Odeya Rush at the "Dumplin'" premiere in Los Angeles. (Photo: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)
Rush said she gets back to Israel at least once a year to visit her extended family. Asked what her current favorite Israeli dish is, she barely has to think about it. "I love cauliflower in tahini," she told us, adding that she's a big fan of the cauliflower-inspired Miznon restaurant headed by Israeli chef Eyal Shani. "That's something that's amazing, and I make that at home a lot, too."
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