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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

I don't like wine. I like a baked dessert that I can serve or some sort of fruit/nut/candy dish that has a variety of options that satisfies everyone.

about 23 hours ago
tamarw in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

Please invite me over one day. Sounds yum...:)

Nov 19, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

Where's the flavor if all you're doing is sticking it in a fryer? Forgive me for my amateur cooking skills. Sounds like all fried turkeys are equal if it's just oil+turkey, plus some sort of marinade beforehand. No?

I love my baked turkey because using a pan means being creative with the spices and gravy. Sounds like a fried turkey doesn't have much of any gravy and a whole lotta waste.

That said, I'd still wish to try it!

Nov 19, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

I can also speak to the Wandering Que a bit since I've had (and loved) his smoked stuff.

I don't know so much about delivery to a place like Montreal (I imagine all of these places only do pick up or local delivery--I know Ari only does the local NY area and Northern NJ) but he will vacuum seal his smaller meats and lamb bacon for that effect. As for a turkey though, it's probably too big to "shrink wrap" unless it's already cut up.

In 2003, I ordered a turkey from Mr. Broadway and the delivery guy pretty much carried it in a pizza warmer on the subway to bring to me. It was in a plastic bag in its own plastic (think the noisy type of plastic that would go around a gift basket), nothing more than that. That was weird.

Nov 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

I actually saw a commercial for a fried turkey today on TV. They were touting the nutritional value of frying a turkey and saying how it's equivalent to a baked turkey (can't say I know a thing about smoked). I don't know if I buy it ... yet.

How do you fry a turkey? Seems like you'd need a hell of a big fryer.

Nov 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

kosherfest 2014

...which means you're memorable enough and they're probably not going to do it. But hopefully I'm wrong!

Nov 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

kosherfest 2014

It's hard to gauge demand for a specialized project like this without a fully executed marketing campaign. Correct, a website form, alone, will not cut it. But foot traffic at Kosherfest isn't a good enough indicator either.

Nov 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Restaurant Rec - Northern NJ / NYC

Fumio's closed in July. Unless it reopened and I haven't heard about it, it's probably not your best bet ;)

Nov 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

Has anyone done any of the turkey delivery services for Thanksgiving?

I know of:

* Supersol
* Fairway
* Pomegranate - PDF download: http://thepompeople.com/docs/TG_menu_...
* Wandering Que - https://up-in-smoke-kosher-texas-bbq....
* Smokey Joes - http://smokeyjoesbbq.com/wp/

I'd love to hear experiences of each.

Nov 16, 2014
tamarw in Kosher
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kosherfest 2014

I can say there's demand on Facebook. I asked this question just so someone there could have an answer ;)

Question is - how are they perceiving demand? Via foot traffic at KosherFest?

Do you have a contact for them? Perhaps they need to have a form on their web page (which is finally up and running again, woohoo!) to gauge interest the appropriate way, among the general population and not among mostly Kosher food vendors only.

Nov 14, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

kosherfest 2014

So does anyone have any specific information about Marzipan besides saying it didn't work out the first time? (p.s. I ordered the first time. I think they just need better marketing.)

Nov 13, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

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

He changes his menu pretty often so I can't say I have tried anything that's on the menu right now, but I am jealous for you.

Here's a picture of the dessert you're considering, btw: https://www.facebook.com/123190514395...

Nov 10, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Upper West Side

Nope, pretty sure they still don't take reservations. My best recommendation is to get there early.

Nov 10, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Thanksgiving weekend NY?

I don't know if they are doing anything that weekend, but Isabella Freedman (in CT outside NYC) has some really cool Jewish programs. The food is quite good. It's like being in a kibbutz.

Oct 21, 2014
tamarw in Kosher
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Burger.org in Philly - service needs work

Ha, that's the smartest thing ever.

Oct 14, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Burger.org in Philly - service needs work

My husband and father-in-law were at Burger.org last night before they had to go to work. Apparently they were significantly understaffed. There were 3 workers including kitchen staff and dozens of patrons (7 tickets hanging, 7-8 families) at the establishment, all waiting for food they had either ordered long before or waiting to place an order for (my husband and FIL were in the latter group). From what I'm hearing, it was really "disorganized" and inefficient. While patrons who were at the establishment who were waiting for a really long time to get their food were there, there was a woman on the phone taking orders, as if the people present for much longer were unimportant. Phone orders took the highest priority.

Unfortunately, after 25 minutes, both my father-in-law and husband had to leave. Their order hadn't even been taken yet.

It didn't help that customers in front of them were extremely angry at the staff, but the staff hadn't helped the situation much by ignoring the people there and focusing more on the people who called in who had no idea how disorganized the place was. (Under these circumstances, turning off the ringer would've been wise and would have prevented a post like this.) They did the best they could, but it was poorly handled.

My father-in-law plans to call them to address it, but I really hope they fix the situation and get more staff - would hate for something as popular as this to go kaput due to horrible service, or worse, dissatisfaction at the workplace causing the abused overworked staff to feel the need to quit.

Oct 13, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Bravo pizza sukkah

Bravo Pizza is among the best kosher pizza I've ever had.

Never tried the fries though. $6.50 is definitely a lot. Are they spicy or just normal salted fries?

Oct 13, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Restaurant Recs for Kids - Teaneck & Queens

This just in: Wandering Que (wanderinque.com) will be doing their pop up BBQ in Teaneck on Sunday and Riverdale on Tuesday 4-9. I highly recommend this.

Here's the info on their page.

October 14th Tuesday Chol HaMoed Sukkot
The Bayit - Hebrew Institute Of Riverdale
3700 Henry Hudson Parkway - Bronx NY 10463
FULL RESTAURANT MENU with indoor and Sukkah Seating!
4-9pm each evening...or until we run out;-)

October 12 - Sunday Chol Hamoed Sukkot
Congregation Rinat Yisrael
389 West Englewood Ave.
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
FULL BBQ RESTAURANT MENU
12:15-9pm - With seating in the Shul's Gigantic Sukkah
Moadim b'SIMCHA

Oct 03, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Restaurant Recs for Kids - Teaneck & Queens

Yep - but I'd also suggest you avoid the schooltime lunch rush from SAR then. It gets crazy after 12pm.

Oct 02, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Restaurant Recs for Kids - Teaneck & Queens

I will also suggest Carlos & Gabbys, but C&G gets super crowded and you may have to either arrive early before the dinner rush or you'll have to wait for a table.

Oct 01, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Reviews of Double frying pan kugel pot

Did it really take 7 months for the price to go down that low? :)

Sep 28, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

12 Year Old Frum Boy on Chopped

I'm not sure why we're bringing this up given that there's been discussion in past years about kosher chefs on similar Food Network competitions (Paula Shoyer is a kosher LI pastry chef who was on Sweet Genius, for example). I recall that episode mentioning her Kashrut adherence as well.

And in terms of "absolutely forbidden," I guess we should not talk about how many Jews out there don't cook kosher...but also don't eat it :)

Sep 18, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Eden Wok Closing!

I'll see you too :)

Sep 05, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

I'll be judging! :)

Sep 03, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Kudos to Mendy's

Pretty sure I had that a few months ago. I thought it was all right but not super special or worth noting...maybe I'll try again.

Aug 27, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Shalom Bombay

A search will show you this thread - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9735...

Don't really know why it went dark. It was so convenient to GCT that I actually would take a Metro North train from Westchester occasionally to meet city friends there for grub and then head back home.

Aug 27, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

what NY restaurant serves classic hot Kiddish food

His kiddushes are fantastic.

Aug 25, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Personal chef recs

All right, as promised, had her food today - fantastic is an understatement. Great salads, baked goods, and regular dishes - very cute and well organized. I highly recommend.

Aug 24, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

Gardein went kosher!

I think Gardein is hit or miss. It's really the sauces that do it for me. If the sauces are bland and have no flavor, I'm not too keen on buying them again.

Aug 24, 2014
tamarw in Kosher

mexikosher chef on new season of top chef

I wish there were more Kosher cooking challenges period :)

Aug 21, 2014
tamarw in Kosher