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Help Me Out with Plan B: Cruise cancelled, considering NYC//or Washington, DC

Glad to hear it worked out with the cruise, but for future reference, the NYC bus map is even more extensive than the subway system. It can be slow, and some lines are slower than a healthy adults walking pace, but if you're willing to spend the time you can get anywhere in NYC. Plus taxis and uber make it convenient enough to augment more annoying transfers if you're willing to spend the money.

Jul 27, 2015
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your favorite summery pareve salads for shabbat lunch

You could probably steam the edamame in the microwave too. You'll lose a little of the flavor, but the salad should still be good.

Jul 20, 2015
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your favorite summery pareve salads for shabbat lunch

They're not all parve, and some are clearly treif, but there are a bunch of good ones here. It's generally the first list I check when I'm looking for a good simple summer salad.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/din...

Jul 17, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

And here is the Jewish Week story confirming it. The OU is taking a frummest common denominator approach and is refusing to certify animal rennet even if it is prepared appropriately.

I for one could care less about the OU kashrut mafia and look forward to trying the cheese as long as it has some certification.

http://jwfoodandwine.com/article/2015...

Jul 16, 2015
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How to eat in India?

Even more important for the kosher traveler is that the UHT milk is more likely to be European or Australian and therefore fall under the Rav Mosher heter.

Jul 15, 2015
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Mediterranean cruise

Unclear from that what makes Haven much better for the kosher consumer. Seems like Haven is built around priority seating at restaurants and shows. The restaurants are irrelevant if you're getting kosher meals anyway, and the shows have nothing that should be different for kosher(food) consumers.

Jul 10, 2015
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Need Manhattan restaurant for small group with 1 vegan colleague

I like Wild Ginger. I've never been, but I would imagine Va Bene would work too.

Jul 09, 2015
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Need Manhattan restaurant for small group with 1 vegan colleague

How do the others feel about eating vegetarian/vegan? I've struggled in the past to find kosher meat restaurants with decent vegetarian options. But if you can consider dairy options, then there are more places to choose from.

Jul 09, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

$40/lb. Gotta love that 30% kosher premium.

Jul 06, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

Found tonight at zabars.

Jul 06, 2015
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kosher cheese from uk village oak

They don't seem to list Oak Vintage Cheddar on their site, just Vintage and Ivy Vintage. Is this a new line they're launching?

Jun 29, 2015
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Restaurants that need updating (Tevere 84, Va Bene, La Marais - in Manhattan) What others?

I can't speak to your experience, but from the menu:

Ramen listed in the soup section
Beef Negimake in the appetizer section
Eggplant Dengaku in the appetizer section
Shabu Shabu in hot main
Sukiyaki in hot main
Gyu Kakuni in hot main

http://primeko.primehospitalityny.com...

Plus other dishes that could go either way.

Jun 26, 2015
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Restaurants that need updating (Tevere 84, Va Bene, La Marais - in Manhattan) What others?

You're falling into the trap of grouping all of Asian cuisines together. Prime KO advertises itself as a Japanese steakhouse. It does that fairly well. Sure there are probably too many steaks on the menu, but look at the second page of the menu, the Japanese influence is there.

Last time I went, I stuck to the Japanese dishes and was happy. I'd rather prime KO stick to their Japanese menu and not create a haphazard menu with no relation other than being located on the same continent.

Jun 25, 2015
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Restaurants that need updating (Tevere 84, Va Bene, La Marais - in Manhattan) What others?

I'd agree that La Marais is doing it on purpose. A basic simple steak. It's not trying to be trendy. But if you want a reliable steak in midtown it's there. I've never been, but I wonder what Peter Lugers looks like. That's what La Marais is going for, not a fancy new place with a known chef doing exciting new cuisine.

If you want to pick a place in that area that needs updating, it's Abigael's.

Jun 23, 2015
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Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

That's still an effective rate of $9.32/lb for the non-bone portion. How much does Costco charge for a steak/roast?

As a comparison, Fresh Direct right now has a whole broiler chicken for $3.99/lb and boneless skinless breasts or thighs for $7.99/lb. They're charging double the price because the bones and skins are basically being thrown away and the farmer still expects to make the same amount for the chicken.

Those rib prices are cheap because you're paying for the bones. You need to factor that in and buy a larger amount of meat than you would if you were buying a boneless cut of meat.

Jun 22, 2015
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

Wow, that's terrible. If you had that in writing I certainly hope GE took back the oven when it proved to be a lie.

Jun 22, 2015
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

As always, I would check the manual rather than trust what anyone tells you. If the manual is wrong the store/manufacturer will take it back, but if all you have is what someone told you, good luck.

In this case, this is a quote from the GE manual, "Sabbath mode can only be used with Bake". So the manual had the correct information, and it's just the salesman that lied to you.

Jun 18, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

Possibilities:
1) There was rennet available when the cheese was made, there just isn't right now.
2) Another hashgacha hasn't different standards. The OU may not accept a specific rennet, but the OK might.
3) The cheese maker produced his own rennet.

Exact quote from the article:
"Bertinelli may soon become the only Parmigiano Reggiano-maker recognized by two of the biggest Kosher certification agencies, OK and the Orthodox Union."

It said MAY. The fact that the OU said no changes nothing in the rest of the article.

Another quote:
"Every day a mashgiach, a representative of the Jewish community who supervises production, provides his counsel on everything from the selection of cows -- animals that have had surgery can’t produce Kosher milk -- to the use of a special rennet."

So there is a mashgiach involved who approved of the rennet used. The OU may have not approved of the rennet or something else in the process, but unless you want to accuse Bloomberg of lying, that means there is a Jew trained in kashrut who approved the cheese. You may not accept it without the OU, but other people are free to make their own kashrut choices.

Jun 17, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

Don't be overly disappointed yet. Despite what zsero claims, the OU is not the sole arbiter of kashrut. The article talks about hiring a mashgiach and the first batch being well into aging. This cheese will hit the market with some form of hashgacha. It may not carry an OU on it, but the cheese will be available and it will be up to you to decide if you want to accept the hashgacha on it or not.

Jun 17, 2015
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

I have no first hand experience, but I've been eyeing a kitchen aid. The main thing I like about it is it has a warming drawer that can be put in Shabbat Mode, and the drawer is designed to be used similar to a slow cooker for extended periods of time and not just for a couple hours. I'd love to hear if anyone has any experience with it, or any other ranges they like.

Jun 15, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

Nope. Cheese Guy has Parmesan. Real Parmigiano Reggiano has to be made in limited regions of Italy with strict requirements. What Cheese Guy has doesn't qualify. The Cheese Guy stuff is ok, and is probably the best available right now with hashgacha, but it's not the real stuff which this article is talking about.

Jun 14, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

The article said OU and OK certification. If the OU is now getting frummer and not allowing animal rennet but the cheese will still have OK certification, I'm ok with that. It'll be unfortunate for the couple OU restaurants that would have used the cheese, but for my house and the house of anyone I know, the OK will be perfectly fine.

Jun 11, 2015
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kosher manhatten breakfast sunday

Mendy's Dairy in Grand Central?

Jun 11, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher Gift Basket Manhattan

Be aware that Zabars doesn't have hashgacha on the whole store. They have some gift baskets that are clearly not kosher and others that they list as kosher. I assume that every item in the kosher basket is wrapped and labeled with its own hashgacha, but you may want to call them to be sure.

Jun 10, 2015
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Is this for real? Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano??

Yikes. I wonder why it's so much higher. Mashgiach, rennet, what else is there?

Jun 09, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Trendy kosher cafes in Manhattan

If you're going the food truck route I'd also look at Schnitzi, Taim, and Holy Rollers.

Jun 04, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher McDonalds in NY Magazine

The rest of the world wants to be American and consume American culture. That's why Budweiser is an exotic popular beer the way we would look at German beers.

Jun 04, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Good Shomer Shabbos deli in Brooklyn or Queens

Why not go to a deli in Manhattan? Mr Broadway and Mendys in midtown plus Deli Kasbah on the UWS should all work.

Alternatively, do you really want deli specifically, or is that just what you think of for kosher food?

Jun 01, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

NY Times eggplant and ground lamb recipe - cheese substitute?

Best bet, skip it. Second best option Daiya shredded mozzarella. But honestly, this dish will be fine without the cheese, so you're much better off just skipping it.

May 27, 2015
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Pardes: new menu section, attentive service, creative small plates still amazing

Thanks. I'm picking the place and don't want the steak, but good to know it's there if my dad doesn't want to be adventurous.

May 14, 2015
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