New Year, New Store, New Collection…

New Year, new store and a stunning fall-winter collection…. three good reasons for Dori to throw a party for her friends and long time customers… 🙂

If you didn’t happen to be in Tel Aviv and couldn’t join our store warming party, this is what you missed: yummy party favors, loads of sangria and best of all…gorgeous Dori jewelry pieces everywhere!

We snapped some pics to share with you:

Shopping for great party favors at Levinsky Market, Tel Aviv

Shopping for great party favors at Levinsky Market, Tel Aviv

Coffee break at Levinsky Market

Coffee break at Levinsky Market

Just before the party....

Just before the party….

guest at the party

We all had major fashion fun socializing, browsing the new collection and…playing with the cute doggy diva….

Alora boho chic necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Alora boho chic necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Joie earrings, the perfect sparkly accent to liven up any outfit during the holiday season and after....

Joie earrings, the perfect sparkly accent to liven up any outfit during the holiday season and after….

Whether it's New Year's Eve or just a night out, make sure you look party perfect with Dori's show-stopping Intrigue jewelry pieces!

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or just a night out, make sure you look party perfect with Dori’s show-stopping Intrigue jewelry pieces!

We hope you can all join us next time around! 🙂
And until then…..
Here’s to a joyful present and a sparkling future.
Best wishes for an Exciting New Year!

All our best,
Dori & her team

Smashing Pumpkin Desserts

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. ~William Shakespeare
…and team Dori is all about making the feast even merrier by sharing with you two recipes of wonderfully decadent pumpkin desserts. Enjoy! 🙂

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Caramel Swirl
Contributed by chef Justin Chapple

  • ACTIVE:45 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME:1 HR 45 MIN Plus overnight cooling
  • SERVINGS:Makes 36 bars

These decadent chocolate-crusted bars are topped with a homemade caramel that sinks into the pumpkin cheesecake batter during baking.

Caramel

  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  3. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  5. Salt

Crust

  1. 13 ounces chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (about 3 cups)
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. Salt
  4. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

Cheesecake

  1. 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. One 28-ounce can pumpkin puree
  4. 1/4 cup sour cream
  5. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 4 large eggs
  7. Hot water
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a  boil. Using a wet pastry brush, wash down any crystals on the side of the      pan. Boil over high heat until a deep amber caramel forms, about 6 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully whisk in the cream, butter, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Let the caramel cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. In a food      processor, pulse the chocolate wafers with the sugar and a pinch of salt until fine crumbs form. Add the butter and process until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Using your fingers, press the crumbs into the prepared baking pan in an even layer. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, until set. Let cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar at medium speed until blended.  Beat in the pumpkin puree, sour cream and vanilla, then beat in the eggs until just incorporated. Transfer 1/3 cup of the cheesecake batter to a      small bowl and stir in the caramel sauce.
  4. Set the pan with the crust in a large, deep roasting pan. Pour the pumpkin      cheesecake filling over the cookie crust and carefully drizzle the caramel      mixture over the top. Using a toothpick, decoratively swirl the caramel sauce. Transfer the roasting pan to the oven and carefully pour in enough hot water to reach halfway up the side of the baking pan. Bake the cheesecake for about 55 minutes, until the filling is barely jiggly in the center. Transfer the roasting pan to a rack and let the cheesecake cool completely. Remove the baking pan from the water bath and refrigerate the cheesecake overnight. Cut into bars and serve.

Pumpkin Pudding with Mile-High Meringue

Contributed by chef Dean Fearing

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 40 MIN plus cooling
  • SERVINGS:12
  • •MAKE-AHEAD

This spiced pumpkin pudding is covered with meringue swirls…need we say more?… 🙂

  1. 2 1/2 cups sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons water
  3. 2 cups heavy cream
  4. 1 cup whole milk
  5. One 15-ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree
  6. 8 large eggs, 6 separated
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  10. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  11. Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  12. Salt
  13. 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup of the sugar with the   water. Using a wet pastry brush, wash down the pan’s side to remove any      sugar. Cook over moderately high heat until an amber caramel forms, about  8 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the cream and milk. Cover over moderate heat, stirring, until the caramel is smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree with the 6 egg yolks and 2 whole      eggs. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and a pinch of      salt. Gradually whisk in the hot caramel cream.
  3. Pour the pudding into twelve 1/8-cup ramekins set in a roasting pan. Pour enough  hot water into the roasting pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan with foil and cut 4 small slits in the top. Bake the puddings for about 40 minutes, or until the centers are just set. Remove the puddings from the water bath. Let cool on a wire rack then refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 11/2 hours.
  4. Preheat the broiler. In a large bowl set over a pot of simmering water, whip the 6    egg whites with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar, the vanilla seeds and a      pinch of salt. Whip until the sugar has dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the water bath. Beat the whites until stiff, glossy peaks form, 6 minutes. Spread the meringue in swirls over the pudding. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 2 minutes, until golden, and serve.

Make Ahead. The pudding can be refrigerated for 1 day. It can be topped with the meringue and broiled 2 hours before serving. Let stand at room temperature.

Joy…
Happiness…
Health…
All these and many more are our wishes for you! Happy Thanksgiving!
And don’t forget to stay warm & cozy…. 🙂

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It’s Surreal!

Surrealism is often described as the most influential of all twentieth-century art movements with strong ties to the fashion industry.  Its poetic sensibility and way of perceiving reality is so all-encompassing that we take it for granted now. From the bursts of nonsense and flights of fancy to journeys into the secret backwaters of desire, Surrealism has exposed the liberating power of the unconscious mind.

The eye, a recurring motif in Surrealism, served as both a symbol for the act of perception and as an allusion to female sexuality.

Man Ray – Glass Tears, 1933

Rene Magritte – The False Mirror, 1928

Salvador Dali – Eye on Time, 1949

When Dori came across whimsical dolls eyes, “Surrealism was certainly in the air”.  Dori’s necklace, which is still in the “work in process” stage, has a particularly playful dreamy quality about it. Team Dori named it Bogart…after all, who can resist using one of Bogart’s most memorable Casablanca quotes…“Here’s to looking at you, kid”… 🙂

Bogart necklace – art in progress

“Seeing eye to eye” with Bogart  🙂

And who in your eyes is the best Surrealist artist?

team dori breakfast outing!

croissants, coffee and cake – oh my!

disclaimer: do not read this post if you are hungry and have not yet had your morning Cup of Joe 🙂

last week, team dori had a company outing at rothschild 12, a local hip cafe by day (bar by night), located in the heart of tel-aviv on the well-know rothschild boulevard. the cafe was reserved all morning especially for us, and we had the venue all to ourselves to eat, laugh & share good team dori memories 🙂

each year, dori likes to treat the team and dedicate a time where all may spend time together away from the studio and relax, enjoy one another’s company and reflect back on the past year’s success, new team additions and favorite memories.

before we all sat down to eat, we had to note how lovely cafe was set-up for our feast! tables were lavishly decorated with assorted specialty pastries, scones, cakes, & breads, and champagne, orange juice & cappuccinos were served to everyone. oh – and it only gets better … 🙂

a big block of butter was the table’s main centerpiece 🙂 with enough tasty butter to go around for days, the team still barely managed to put a dent in it! we had to take a photo just to prove it 🙂


just as we thought there was enough food to go around, the waitresses served us the biggest shakshouka pan we had ever seen! an israeli breakfast tradition, shakshouka is a tasty dish served with poached eggs, tomatoes, onions and spices (other fresh vegetables often added such as eggplant or bell peppers and even fresh goat cheese for taste) and simply warms the heart with its rich taste. the pan was so big – lets just say, we had plenty of leftovers 🙂


as we were finishing up our feast, dori gave a little heartwarming speech, thanking the team for coming and for being a part of her love for jewelry. a lovely breakfast turned into a memorable event for all and we rolled out of the cafe, filled with yummy food in our happy tummies and some new memories.

team dori thanks dori & giora for a lovely morning & some quality team bonding 🙂


have you been on any memorable company outings? what was the most special part about the event?

team dori is off to the big apple!

the ENK accessorie circuit is right around the corner, and team dori will be off to the big apple in just a few days!

a fun event where trendy stores & boutiques meet designers of fashion accessories, the ENK takes place at the heart of new york city from aug. 5-7. (for more information on the shows team dori will be attending, check out the events page of our site)

but before we’re off, its time to pack … here’s a list of 10 must-have items that you can be sure to find in our tote bags as we strut the city streets of new york …

nyc

1.  face sunscreen: so important to cover that face of ours to avoid any future damage
2.  sweatshirt: always nice to have something cozy to wear when it gets cool
3.  
camera: to capture all the memorable moments @ the show!
4.  hat: when we’re outside, to shade us from the heat; when we’re inside, to look stylish!
5.  sneakers: comfy to walk around in when we’re standing on our feet all-day-long
6.  sunglasses: no explanation is ever needed for some cool shades!
7.  umbrella: you never know when a city storm might hit ya’! better safe than sorry 🙂
8.  headphones: while waiting for the subway, its always nice to listen to some tunes …
9.  vitamin water: to stay hydrated & keep us on our toes!
10. almonds: to keep us energized & is simply a great source of quick protein

so what are the 10 items you take with you when traveling to a new city?

*** be sure to stay tuned next week for some fun pics from the ENK event!

tuesdays with dori

in this week’s tuesdays with dori session, we asked …

team: would you say there are any cultural or historical references in what you do?

dori: over the years, i appreciate that my work contributes to the conservation of a traditional, feminine craft, the roots of which are planted in the origins of human culture. there is an inherent beauty in the fact that we do everything by hand, in a company of women. it is a tradition that is on the verge of disappearing from our world.

team: so speaking of tradition & history … when did the world of jewelry first enter your life? jewelry box - taken from pinterest

dori: lets just say that jewelry is a part of my private every day world …

as a little girl, i would search & examine through my mother’s jewelry box! necklaces, brooches, colorful buttons and fabrics are the things i played with regularly as a child. it seems to me, that at this point in time, i have not yet grown up at all! 🙂


well, we think “growing up” is overrated, anyway … we will probably all be “playing” with jewelry our whole lives, thanks to you! 🙂

tuesdays with dori

its our favorite time of the week again … tuesdays with dori!
each week, dori sits with the team & shares with us her stories about life, professional experiences, hobbies and favorite past times … read on & stay tuned each tuesday for the “tuesdays with dori” posts, and soon it will be your favorite time of the week, too!

this week, we asked dori …

team: we all know you studied textile design … so how exactly did you get into fashion jewelry?

dori: i graduated from the shenkar college of fashion in tel-aviv, specialized in fabric design at tootal fabrics in manchester, UK and at cyril kowalewsky’s studio in paris. during my studies of textile design, my dream was to be recognized as a designer who brings her own unique style, color palette and motifs to her creations. over the years, i was bothered by the fact that i had no control over the way the end-user saw my textile designs or used them. my prints were scattered all over in many countries and were never presented as one mass, as a collection of serious design work. designing and making textile-based jewelry was the way to expressing and to fulfilling my dream.

team: ok, so then what road did you take that lead you to the path of embroidered jewelry?

in my earlier career as a textile designer, i worked as a freelancer, creating designs which were sold to fabric makers. the work was about exploring with shapes to create atmospheres in color in proportion to the human body. after years of practicing textile design, we moved to paris, where I studied painting at the academie de port-royal. it was a period of exploration; i was looking for new ways to express myself. among other things, I was experimenting with collages from textile materials. this is how the soutache cords landed on my desk. from there on, the road to jewelry was fairly short. i started with small color compositions in textiles which evolved into my first creations, beautiful lapel broaches. with time and experience, i developed a needle work technique which is suitable to the creation of textile-based jewelry and realized that the jewelry path is the right path for me!

so there’s a little history lesson for all you dori fans out there! stay tuned for more stories & learn more about this talented artist & jewelry designer 🙂