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Sukkot and shabbat meals tel aviv

Is the Dizengoff Food Fair open either the day before Sukkot or on the Friday morning during Sukkot? Do any other malls in the Tel Aviv or Herzliya area have food stalls open the day before Sukkot or Friday morning? We will be staying in a condo and are looking to buy food to heat up.

Sep 11, 2014
JRKyummy in Middle East & Africa

Food for Sukkot and Shabbat in Tel Aviv

We are renting a condo in Herzliya over Sukkot, and are looking for good places to buy home-style cooking that can be reheated at the condo for Sukkot and Shabbat. I've seen "shishi b'ir" on Fridays in some malls, and was wondering if they have something similar for the day before Sukkot.

Sep 11, 2014
JRKyummy in Kosher

Toronto Kosher Restaurants

We've been enjoying Saluf. It tends to be less crowded than Dr. Laffa, but the menu is similar. The Morrocan salmon and chicken kebobs are great.

Glatt Express, in the shops of the Promenade, has good take-out pad thai, curry and shawarma. The prices are surprisingly low - only $8.99 for a huge shawarma luffa.

Feb 10, 2014
JRKyummy in Kosher

Sabich

They reviewed Dr. Laffa's sabich in the Toronto Star today:

http://www.thestar.com/life/restauran...

It's good, but truly massive.

Two Months in Toronto

For cheap eats within walking distance, try:

1. Something 2 Talk About - better-than-average Middle Eastern on the northwest corner of Bay & Gerrard.

2. The strip of Asian restaurants on Dundas, between Bay and University is great for really cheap dinners for 2.

For slightly nicer ambiance that still won't break the bank, try Baldwin St. (about a 10-15 min walk straight west) - John's Italian Cafe is on a great little street filled with cute restaurants and cafes, it has a patio and the food is good without costing a fortune.

Cafe La Graffe, also on Baldwin, has an upscale brunch.

http://www.cafelagaffe.com/brunch.html

Free Times Cafe, about a 15 min. walk away on College St., has a good and fattening Sunday brunch with klezmer music.

St. Lawrence Market is walking distance, if the weather is good.

On Wednesdays, starting July 10, there will be a farmer's market at Nathan Philips Square (City Hall, 10 min. walk

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Dolce on Danforth is great for gelato.

Future Bakery and Cafe has good breads and desserts.

The Bloor/Bathurst area also has some good cheap eats for 2, esp. if you like sushi.

Ice cream and gelato season 2013

Dolce, on Danforth, is the only ice cream that I'll eat.

Jerusalem shabbat meals?

We will be staying near Machane Yehuda and plan to shop there - but I understand that it closes at 1 p.m. on Friday and our plane doesn't land until 1:45 p.m, so we'll have just enough time to get to the apartment before Shabbat starts.

For Sunday, what are the best places in the market?

Feb 07, 2013
JRKyummy in Kosher

Jerusalem shabbat meals?

We are planning a trip to Israel this summer, and will be flying in and arriving in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon. We will be staying at a rental apartment, so we can't just eat at our hotel. Are there other hotels that allow non-guests to reserve and pre-pay Shabbat meals? Or any other pre-paid Shabbat meal service?

Feb 04, 2013
JRKyummy in Kosher

What products do US people like to buy when in Canada

President's Choice Chocolate Chunk cookies, or just their chocolate chunks. The chocolate chunks are pareve, so we use them for Shabbat baking.

Feb 04, 2013
JRKyummy in Kosher

Toronto Kosher Restaurants

We just tried Marron, and it far exceeded our expectations. It's good by any standards - not just good-for-a-kosher-place. It's definitely fine-dining as opposed to family dining.

Ba-Li Laffa is decent. The laffa is better at Dr. Laffa, but the ambiance is better at Ba-Li Laffa.

Nov 12, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Toronto Kosher Restaurants

If it's going to succeed, a kosher restaurant that is more than fast food needs to appeal to customers that aren't kosher as well. People won't pay more for less quality when they have a choice.

Dr. Laffa succeeds because it appeals to those who want authentic Middle Eastern (and specifically Iraqi/Israeli) food, and it gets plenty of Israelis who don't keep kosher. While there are other Middle Eastern places, you can't find that many that bake their own fresh laffa, or that make sabich sandwiches, or that have amba available.

Some kosher restaurants try to be all things to all people (no, sushi doesn't need to be on the menu in pizza joints or steakhouses), and end up pleasing no one.

Sep 29, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Kosher in Calgary

What are the best supermarkets for kosher challah, chicken and deli in Calgary? We will be staying in Canmore, and want to make sure that there is a reliable selection so that the drive to Calgary won't be a waste.

Aug 19, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Best kosher options in Las Vegas

We're going to Las Vegas in 2 weeks. I have the list of kosher places from the Chabad website. Does anyone have any experience with kosher places there - which are good, which are convenient, which are best for Shabbat meals?

Jul 20, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

black bean sauce

Sorry - I was giving the location for the OP who was in Toronto.

Newmarket is a town north of Toronto.

Jul 20, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

best supermarket selection for kosher products in Toronto and Montreal

Everland, which is based in British Columbia.

In some stores, you can find Sharwood's curry pastes. They don't have an official hechsher, but I know that they are on the London "kosher list". See this past topic:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/274203

Jul 20, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

black bean sauce

Everland Black Bean Sauce is available at Nature's Emporium in Newmarket, at the corner of Yonge and Mulock.

http://www.everlandnaturalfoods.com/e...

Jul 19, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

best supermarket selection for kosher products in Toronto and Montreal

John's No Frills on Centre St. just west of Bathurst in Thornhill has a good selection of VH sauces, including the Thai ones. You can also find Sambal Oelek from Huy Fong Food Inc. that has a hechsher. Both are in the Asian food aisle. In the kosher aisle, top shelf, you can find Taste of Asia thai red and green curry pastes, coconut milks, rice paper wrappers, etc.

San-J has a great thai peanut sauce, that works well with Pad Thai.

If you have time to drive 20 minutes north, you can also get some great Asian and Indian sauces, including curry sauces, pastes, chutneys and a 14-spice curry combo in a grinder, at Nature's Emporium at the corner of Yonge and Mulock in Newmarket.

Eat Sum More, in the plaza along the north side of the Promenade Mall in Thornhill, often has South African curry spices and sauces that are kosher. The best is Nando's - their coconut curry sauce is simply awesome.

President's Choice Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies are amazing, and you can buy their chocolate chips or chocolate chunks separately. New batches of the chocolate chips are now dairy, but you can still find pareve chocolate chunks.

In Montreal, the IGA in Cavendish Mall in Cote St. Luc is your best bet.

Jul 19, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Cholent

Dry would work as well - just reduce the amount and slightly increase the liquid.

Jun 26, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Cholent

Eggplant or zucchini work well if you want something that sort of dissolves into the stew. Otherwise, carrots or celery keep their shape well.

Jun 26, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Cholent

My cholent is more like a beef stew, and gets rave reviews.

I use a package of beef stew chunk, a cup of well-rinsed canned chick peas, a cup of chopped veggies, a chopped onion, a 1/4 cup of quinoa, barley or couscous, a 1/4 cup of red wine, 1 Tbsp of deli mustard, salt and pepper, a pinch of rosemary, 2 chopped garlic cloves, and a can of drained diced tomatoes. It all goes into a 2 qt slow cooker on Friday afternoon, and is perfect by lunch on Saturday.

Jun 26, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

kosher street food- Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (esp. Tel Aviv)

Shemesh on Jabotinsky in Ramat Gan has the BEST shawarma.

Jan 26, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Late night eating in Toronto

Tov Li is often open late. You could also call Dr. Laffa.

Jan 26, 2012
JRKyummy in Kosher

Sobey's around Thornhill

The Clark and Hilda one is THE kosher Sobeys.

The other one in Thornhill Woods just has a very ordinary, limited kosher selection.

If you don't need a fresh bakery or deli counter, John's No Frills on Centre west of Bathurst also has a huge kosher selection, at far lower prices.

Aug 04, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher

Kosher Chili Garlic Paste

Huy Fong makes both sambal and chili garlic paste.

Aug 04, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher

cooking kosher asian-style food?

John's No Frills on Centre St. in Thornhill (just north of Toronto), Canada.

Jun 03, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher

Good Kosher Indian Recipes:

My favorite meat Indian recipe is so easy that it's embarrassing, but it gets rave reviews.

I use Nando's coconut curry sauce on boneless skinless chicken, which can be cooked on the BBQ or in the oven. That's it! If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll add in some veggies to the roasting pan.

Jun 02, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher

cooking kosher asian-style food?

My local supermarket imports Taste of Asia brand kosher Thai curry pastes, coconut milks, seaweed, rice paper wrappers and more. I wasn't always kosher, and can say that it tastes authentic.

Lee Kum Kee has kosher vegetarian hoisin sauce and chili garlic sauce.

When making pad thai, substitute soy sauce for fish sauce (quantity will be different). Other than that, just use any basic recipe.

Jun 02, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher

So, money is tight...

Soup:

I make mine by throwing 4 packages chicken bones, 4 onions with skins, a handful of carrots, a parsnip and a bit of garlic and dill into a 6 qt. crockpot. Cover with water, cook overnight, and strain into jars, which can last a while in fridge or freezer. I can get 4 packages of bones for around $5.

Egg noodles for the soup are cheap, and you can also add in the cooked carrots.

Once the soup bones have cooled down, take the meat off the bones and save it. You can add it to the soup, use it for a chicken salad or sandwich, add it to some pasta, saute it with some spices and onions and mushrooms, or throw it into a stirfry.

Leftover soup can be a great base for hot and sour soup. Add mushrooms, rice vinegar, soy sauce, a couple of drops of sesame oil, hot chili paste, cubed extra-firm tofu, an egg, green onion, and a bit of bok choy. It's filling enough for a lunch or dinner on Sunday.

For a nice twist on a meat cholent for Shabbat lunch, I get a pound of stewing beef chunks (around $7) and throw it into a small 2 qt crock pot with chopped onion, 1 cup of other veggies, 1 cup of chick peas, 1/4 cup barley or couscous, garlic, salt and pepper, a big pinch of rosemary, 1/4 cooking Merlot wine, and a can of drained diced tomatoes on top. It starts to cook Friday, and after around 20 hours on Low it is incredibly tender and tastes fantastic. For a total of $10, you get a hot beef lunch, plus enough leftovers for a few lunches.

For fish, add a can of salmon to some pasta and veggies. Saute the onion, mushrooms, garlic and some zucchini or spinach (fresh or frozen), and then add in the salmon, toss with the pasta with a decent amount of olive oil. It's yummy, cheap and filling.

With veggies, shop for what's on sale and in season, and don't be afraid to use frozen in the winter.

Homemade brownies are easy and cheap. Made your own mixes out of dry ingredients ahead of time, and then they are fast to whip up.

I make my own hummus or black bean dip to eat with the challah. You can really play with different spices and flavors, and canned beans are really cheap.

Jun 02, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher

Indian Spices: Amchoor Powder & Garam Masala and ?: Kosher Sources?

My favorite kosher Indian spices are The Cape Herb & Spice Company's Curry Seasoning (with 14 spices). It comes in a grinder with coriander seeds, sea salt, , cumin, garlic, black peppercorns, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, onion, ginger, cinnamon, chilies, cloves, fenugreek, bay leaf, turmeric oil, curry leaf and ginger oil. I find it very convenient to use, yet far better than any yellow powder. It has a South African hechsher, and I generally find it in natural food stores, not kosher ones.

Jun 02, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher

New York for Shabbat

Our family of 5 went to New York and stayed in a great apartment on the Upper West Side. The key is to forget about traditional hotels, and use VRBO.com or a similar vacation rental website. We were able to get a 2 bedroom apartment with a small but gorgeous updated kitchen for around $225/night, on West 80th. For Shabbat dinner and lunch, we bought prepared food on Friday afternoon at The Kosher Marketplace, and found that it was surprisingly good.

Jun 02, 2011
JRKyummy in Kosher