Holiday Kids: Talia and Ari

Talia and Ari show us the latke ingredients...before they are made.

We're bringing back the kids on Foodie Friday for the holidays. Yes. We decided our Back to School features were so popular, we’d ask children about their thoughts and wishes for the holidays. So, between now and the end of the year we will feature several young people to whom we’ve asked four questions. It’s a lot of fun.

Today, meet Talia (7) and Ari (10) who are siblings in Walla Walla, Washington (the town they liked so much they named it twice). They just finished celebrating Hanukkah so share their traditions with us here, as well as the story behind the oil.

Which December holiday is your favorite?

Ari and Talia: Hanukkah!

What most excites you about the holidays?

Talia and Ari: Family, food, lights, and games like dreidel – that’s all really fun.

Enjoying their favorite burger joint, The Counter.

Is there a family tradition you really like? Tell me about it.

Ari and Talia: We have been going to LEGOLAND the last few years and also visiting our grandparents in the San Francisco bay area.

Ari: I also like going to Venice Beach if we go to Los Angeles. We both like eating at The Counter in Santa Monica.

Ari and Talia with fried avocado, cauliflower, broccoli, apple and falafel.

Can you tell us about a favorite food you get to eat at the holidays?

Talia and Ari: We really love potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiyot (fried donuts) which are big parts of the Hanukkah season.

Ari: Lots of food gets fried this week because of the story about how the oil lasted for eight days so the Maccabees could clean up the synagogue after it had been destroyed.

Talia: Grating the onions really burns my eyes

Do you help with holiday cooking? How? What’s your favorite thing to cook?

Talia: Yes, I cook sufganiyot with Mom. It is a cool experience!

Ari: Nope. I don’t help. I wish I did, though.

Sufganiyot; a round, fried doughnut eaten in Israel and around the world during Hanukkah.

What are you wishing for this month?

Ari: I want Legos for Hanukkah.

Talia: A microphone. I also wish that I can figure out a way to give lovies to kids in my town who are homeless. (* After thinking more about her wish, Talia did figure out a way to contribute two bags of new stuffed animals to children staying at the YWCA of Walla Walla.)

Finally, here's a picture of Talia, Ari and their parents at, Menotti’s, their favorite espresso and hot chocolate bar in Venice. Clearly, it takes a lot of caffeine to be able to keep up with these little foodies…

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