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

I'm hopefully making it to Pardes for the first time next week. Any suggestions? The Meat & Bread I understand is entree size, but that section is now just the BLT, pizza, and one burger. If you're ordering from the Meat or Vegetable & Fish section, how many dishes would you order per person? There will be 4 of us. Also, is the $67 rib eye in the meat section not an entree size? Seems crazy that the most expensive item on the menu wouldn't be an entree.

Thanks.

May 13, 2015
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How do *you* find kosher dairy recipes online?

Agreed. I'd sub ingredients where needed. I hate looking for kosher specific dishes unless it's a traditional ethnic Jewish dish.

May 11, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

First kosher in Dumbo

You missed the biggest part, the restaurant is claiming to be Caribbean cuisine. Here is the full menu.

http://www.fiyadumbo.com/menu.html

Next time I'm in Dumbo I look forward to trying it.

May 05, 2015
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Caterer for a small party in Staten Island

Are you looking for a restaurant that will deliver hot food or a place that will deliver food that has to be reheated? Do you need staff, or are you happy with just food?

I know someone like Fairway catering should be able to prep the food and either deliver it or have you pick it up at one of their stores. Most kosher supermarkets should be able to do it too.

Apr 30, 2015
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Teaneck Scene

I would sooner do Noah's Ark over Smokey Joe's. Noah's Ark is a deli and non-observant customers will look at it like that. Smokey Joe's is BBQ, but then non-observant customers will compare it to other BBQ joints and it'll come up short.

Apr 29, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher Ramen Noodles

Tradition also makes a package that is not in a cup. They have a separate spice packet in the package. I suspect that's what she referenced.

http://www.theramenrater.com/2013/04/...

Apr 28, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Reserve Cut

But you're also paying for that "coolness" factor. In terms of the food itself I've heard mixed things. Some people have loved it, others have thought it was nothing special and not worth the money. So it really depends on your family and what you want. If you want the cool impressive ambiance, then go to Reserve Cut, but if you want a reliable steak, go to Le Marais.

Apr 27, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

New Mariano's in Skokie

I've never been to Jewel or Mariano's, but I find some of your criticisms interesting.

If I'm going shopping in a grocery store I expect to shop across the store, NY stores can't sell wine, but locating the kosher wines with the other wines seems much more natural than locating it with the kosher meat. That way if someone is shopping for wine it's all together. It should be a store with kosher food, not a substore within a store that stocks kosher food.

In terms of pork being next to the end, who cares? A sealed packaged of pork is not going to infect my food. I'm certainly not offended by seeing pork. In fact, I'd rather see pork next to the kosher food than something that could be confused for kosher like chicken. I'm curious what you found problematic about pork being next to the kosher food.

Apr 22, 2015
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Pitopia vs. Schnitzel Express?

First, both are in midtown, not on the UWS.
Of the two, I prefer schnitzel express. It's one of my favorite places in the area. I've never had a bad item from them.

Apr 21, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Passover 2015 Hotel Reviews

Depending on the level of entertainment, I would imagine that the marginal extra cost to provide basic entertainment is low enough that it may need to be provided to compete.

IE, if the program costs $3k/person and basic entertainment costs an extra $100/person, most people will chose the $3,100 program over the $3,000 program with no entertainment, so the $3,000 needs to offer entertainment and charge $3,100 to compete.

Apr 20, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Lindt Chocolates

I prefer to think about Gene Wilder!

Apr 17, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

UWS NYC odd-kosher-food event

Except that's only on the Yeahthatskosher news page with no indication of the source. All the S&P site says is "Goat, venison, bison and squab are just a few of the expected featured ingredients". If S&P expects to feature more exotic animals, they should advertise it themselves.

Apr 17, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

UWS NYC odd-kosher-food event

Except the animals being advertised aren't that exciting. "Goat, venison, bison and squab". If that's all they're cooking it's not much different from what you can get at high end restaurants in the city.

Apr 16, 2015
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Manischewitz, Lieber's, etc. How do they do it?

They also rent space in manufacturing plants for their runs. I once met a mashgiach in Singapore who was there to kasher and certify a run by one of the Israeli brands.

Apr 07, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Chicken Nuggets for Passover

I've never used potato flakes, but I'd think you can use them like bread crumbs.

Apr 06, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Chicken Nuggets for Passover

Both. Dust in potato starch, dip in an egg, then cover in matza meal. Use the potato starch like you would flour and matza meal like you would bread crumbs.

Apr 06, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

Ask your Rabbi, it wouldn't shock me if your son could get a 1 time kulah to eat kitniyot while his jaw is wired shut.

Mar 30, 2015
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Pareve icecreams

Are you making it dairy or parve? If dairy, the good thing about ice cream is they're naturally kp. The issue with store bought brands is corn syrup and kitniyot, but most home recipes would call for sugar. So as long as you're not using chametz mix ins, you're good to go.

Mar 30, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Can Rum(/Rhum/Cachaça) be Drunk on Passover?

As always there are 2 Jews and 3 opinions. While some kashrut agencies have an issue with aged products in Sherry casks, others(including the London Beit Din) allow it. You should check with your own Rabbi for what you should do.

For Passover the added complication is the source of the yeast. If the yeast originally came from beer or other chametz production, then the rum would be an issue. Since that's not something the rum generally talks about, all kashurt agencies I'm aware of require alcohol to be certified for Passover.

Mar 29, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Can Rum(/Rhum/Cachaça) be Drunk on Passover?

The issue with alcohol is the source of the yeast. If the yeast came from a chametz source, then the rum is chametz even with only sugarcane. Every Pasover list I checked(including Rabbinical Assembly) require Passover certification on alcohol. As always, you should check with your local Rabbi/kashrut authority for a definitive answer.

Adina, aged rums are basically a cross between rum and whiskey. The best way to describe it is a sweeter scotch. If it's available I would gladly drink it, but my issue with higher end rums is that if I'm buying it myself, at $42/bottle(which this one costs), I'd rather buy a scotch or rye.

Mar 29, 2015
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Chareidim shmurah matzo

What you call justice I would call the Invisible Hand, and it's right out of Adam Smith.

Mar 28, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

KFP Healthier Soy Sauce Substitute and KFP Coconut Flour

For soy sauce yes, but tamari is gluten free and contains only soy. If I ate kitniyot I'd much rather use real tamari than a fake product with no actual soy in it.

Mar 27, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Cost per pound of Sliced Pastrami- New York City Metro Area

Sounds in the ballpark. The stores advertise prices per half pound to avoid sticker shock, but when you calculate the per pound price something in the 18-22 range sounds roughly in line.

Mar 26, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Best Shmurah Matzah brands

Hand is rolled thinner and the oven is likely hotter.

Mar 26, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Best Shmurah Matzah brands

Sorry looks like $35 was the most expensive price mentioned. I thought I heard more expensive, but maybe not.

Mar 26, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Best Shmurah Matzah brands

First of all, be careful. Shmurah technically refers to matzah that was watched from the time it was harvested. However, shmurah is also the term people use to describe hand made matza instead of machine made matza since it is all watched and meets the shmurah requirements. You can sometimes find machine made shmurah matza, but the taste/quality differences people talk about are really between hand made and machine made matza. Unless you want the extra religious requirement of watched matza, there is no reason to pay the price premium for machine made shmurah.

However, based on what you're looking for, I don't think you'll like shmurah matzah. It's thin and crispy, not light and delicate. It's also generally cooked hotter than machine matzah so it'll be more burnt than the machine matzahs. If you want something soft, I'd look into soft matzhah. But for that, you'll likely have to go to a large sephardic area like Brooklyn. I don't think it's available retail in MA.

Also, if you want to experiment, be aware of price differences. While a 5 pound box of Manischewitz or Streits is often a free loss leader at a grocery store, a 1 lb box of hand made matzah often costs $25+. People are talking about Chareidim being over $40 in some areas. If you want to try other brands of machine matzah, I've always been a fan of Yehuda matzah from Israel.

Good Luck and Happy Passover!

Mar 26, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Soda in cans for Passover 2015

Season's has 4 stores. Where are you coming from? If you were asking NY or NJ then I would assume the Manhattan store would be closer than Queens for you.

Mar 25, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Looking for a UL Listed Shabbos Hot Plate/Warming Tray

Conforms to UL standards and UL certified are not the same thing. The company is claiming the product is fine, but there is no outside body certifying that they meet the standards.

I'll leave it for the reader to make the obvious analogy.

Mar 25, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Gino's pizza Brooklyn (near Boro Park)

If the number doesn't work, then how do people place an order?

If they won't provide information on who certifies them, then that would appear to violate NYS Kosher Law.

http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/KO/KOHo...

Mar 22, 2015
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