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Kosher in a non-kosher cruise or hotel - is it even possible?

My in-laws did a boat trip to the Galapagos and I'm guessing they used that company (would there be more than one?). THey said the food was good. The crew onboard had difficulty with something about the meals, but luckily they went to my in-laws to figure it out and eventually they just took over heating their own meals. This meant they weren't eating any of their snack supply due to some sort of well-intentioned mistake.

Sep 11, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Russ & Daughters Plans a kosher Museum Cafe at jewish museum

It sounds like a great idea. I ate in the cafe in the Jewish Museum a few years ago and it was nothing special but useful for people in the area who keep kosher. This will attract a wider crowd. Also, Russ & Daughters has been around since 1914 in the LES, so it is a living (and tasty) example of some of the history upstairs.

Sep 10, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

You can also buy a gift card online and then use it. My friends go to Costco only a few times per year and this works out much better than membership.

Sep 09, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Suggestions for kosher food-themed thank you for a friend who re-imaged my computer?

All the fixings for a lovely mother[cheese]board. I'm a foodie and techie and I refuse to apologize for my love of puns.

Sep 09, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Restaurant recs for Manhattan

My guess is that rents in Manhattan are higher, so people play it safer. I think there is a much higher percentage of kosher people who will only eat at the steak n' sushi places versus the percentage of kosher people would only eat at innovative restaurants.

Sep 08, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Califia farms iced coffee non dairy!

Their website has a search option. There were too many results in the NYC area for me to go through when I was looking for myself but I saw Whole Foods listed multiple times as well as places like Food Emporium. Considering Califia is an LA-based company, that indicates they probably have national distribution, at least through 'fancy' grocery stores.

Sep 08, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Need a meal on the way from Boston to NYC

I grew up with the term in northern California. We had a lot of crunchy people.

Sep 03, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Pardes: new menu section, attentive service, creative small plates still amazing

Go in hungry, yes? Would hate for you to go hungry in such a well-regarded restaurant.

Aug 28, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein went kosher!

I remember for a while, the "fillets" were acceptable under either LBD or the Dutch authority. A lot of their more recent products seem to be breaded and seasoned (beyond "meat" flavorings) which may be where the problem is.

Aug 28, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein went kosher!

I have had some of their products and had mixed feelings. The "chicken" strips definitely need a lot of sauce as they are really dry. The "beef" crumbles would be good in a taco or burrito but not something where you'd be adding your own spices and definitely with extra moisture.

Aug 26, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Yummy Sushi Falafel - name of actual restaurant that could only be kosher

All the more reason to ONLY certify restaurants with tables. Less room for mixed dancing!

Aug 25, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher
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Yummy Sushi Falafel - name of actual restaurant that could only be kosher

I follow a few blogs that sometimes chronicle customers' bad behavior, particularly in restaurants. This reminds me of one of the stories where a diner in a sushi restaurant demanded to speak with the manager when she was brought the bill. The diner demanded a discount because the food runner had "ruined" the meal. What had the runner done? He wasn't Japanese. According to the diner, the restaurant "owed" her for the lost ambiance. Luckily, the manager had the gumption to tell her that she owed them for the sushi she seemed to be able to swallow despite this lack of ambiance.

I'm not trying to say AdinaA or anyone on the blog would behave at all like this, but it reminded me of the story.

I wonder if the tradition of having sushi prepared in front of customers in restaurants that bill themselves as authentic has created certain expectations that we don't have with other foods. Considering how it seems to be a requirement that all kosher restaurants have sushi on the menu, I just don't think there are enough Japanese people who know how and want to make sushi that we'll just have to settle for other people who do. :)

Aug 25, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein went kosher!

So far, I've had good experiences with the sauces. The only thing that bothers me is that their products really are soooo much better when cooked on stovetop, rather than microwave. Morningstar, Whole Foods, etc do just fine in the microwave and it's faster and I don't have to clean up.

Aug 24, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Kosher cheese curds?

They have ranch cheese curds. That is so wonderfully Midwestern that I must have them.

Aug 19, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher
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kosher Walmart in Skokie

Free rein.

Aug 17, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Personal chef recs

I've had delicious food from Shaya Klechevsky (http://www.atyourpalate.com).

His website does not indicate his kashrut supervision but I've had his food at an event run by someone who keeps more strictly than I do so it's worth inquiring.

Aug 17, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

abeles and heymann franks @ Brooklyn shoprite

Is the only difference actually where they are in the store? The barcode wouldn't differ and Shoprite cashiers aren't entering those prices by hand.

Aug 16, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Brooklyn (Midwood) Bakery advice

When you find that amazing kokosh would you mind having one dropped off in the UWS? Reading that has given me a sudden craving and I don't have time to go out and get one...

Aug 15, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Best Kosher Supermarket in Brooklyn, NY?

It sounds like you want a suburban grocery store experience in an urban grocery store. Depending on what you feel is walking distance, the Shop Rite on Ave I and McDonald is probably the closest you're going to get. They're not exclusively kosher but seem to carry all the kosher products you'd want and they are cheaper. They might do delivery and are open 24 hours.

Aug 13, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

CBTL

I've seen Fresko sandwiches in at least one of their NYC locations. (http://www.freskofresh.com/mainsite.html)

Aug 12, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Is Kosher Cheese also Vegetarian (i.e. without animal rennet?)

The whole industry. Vegetable rennet is cheaper and there are very few cheeses in which animal rennet makes a noticable difference. These are usually hard cheeses, such as reggiano.

Aug 11, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Is Kosher Cheese also Vegetarian (i.e. without animal rennet?)

It is also fairly uncommon in commercial European cheeses. It' simply too expensive.

Aug 11, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

You know what else keeps the wine from going bad? Finishing it sooner. I can help you with this problem and what a problem to have.

5 Happy Hour Conversation Starters from CHOW!

Even HuffPo decided to pull the stupid Two Buck Chuck non-story and you have it at the top of your list. If you're going to feature links, at least give them 30 seconds review.

Eden Wok Closing!

There's still Buddha Bodai. I know it's vegetarian but it's so much better than Eden Wok.

Aug 07, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Whatcha Eating Tonight?

I'm glad we got a description with the picture. I thought it was a clafoutis or similar cake with slices of red plums, which seemed like an odd choice.

Aug 06, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Kosher cheese curds?

[Crimini] Mushrooms, thyme, and caramelized onions make for an excellent gravy. It's more work than using a pre-made broth but if the poster is going to find proper cheese curds then it is worth making gravy from scratch.

The one time I had poutine from a restaurant was in a kosher snack bar in Montreal. It was awful. Both the gravy and the cheese sauce (no curds!) were pumped on and I'm pretty sure they were prepared by simply adding water to powder and shaking the bottle. A friend brought cheese curds back from a trip to Montreal and we made veggie gravy to put on top of oven fries. It was delicious!

Aug 06, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Horseradish question

What do you mean by not sealed? It has pop button on the top that was pop-able before you opened it? It didn't have a piece of shrink wrap around the neck?

Aug 04, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Breadsmith in Brooklyn

The website says they make pretzel rolls. Has anyone tried them?

If they make good pretzel rolls, I'll hop on as many subways and buses as it takes. My home efforts were tedious and the results underwhelming. I found packaged ones once but I had to add my own salt (!) and were better than mine (I'm afraid to use lye) but still not the real deal. Years ago, I travelled through Bavaria to see family and even the pretzel rolls from train station bakeries were a delight.

Aug 03, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Sunday Breakfast/Early Brunch in 5 Towns or Rockaway

If Sunflower Cafe in Lawrence is as good as the one in Brooklyn, you should definitely go there. They're great.

Jul 27, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher