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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
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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
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Lindt Chocolates

I prefer to think about Gene Wilder!

Apr 17, 2015
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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
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Chicken Nuggets for Passover

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

Apr 06, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Challenge: Slice of Heaven

Just go and order the breakfast burger! Even it's name tells you you're supposed to have it for breakfast :-)

Mar 20, 2015
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Chareidim shmurah matzo

And the difference is location. Competition lowers prices. It's econ 101. In Brooklyn if a store charges too much then people go across the street. In Boca that's not possible. Marty, you seem to prefer Chareidim as do other people, they're willing to pay a premium for it. Chareidim has a limited supply they can produce and wants to maximize their revenue. The rational thing to do is to continue to increase the price until people won't buy it. As long as it continues to sell out quickly the price will continue to increase. Nothing is wrong, it's capitalism at work.

Mar 18, 2015
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Pareve Passover Chocolate Chips

What does "for a parve chip" mean? Good chocolate shouldn't have dairy in it anyway. There may be limited parve options because of the number of dairy equipment chips, but unlike a cake that lacks butter, there is no reason a parve chip shouldn't be as good as the best chips out there.

Mar 17, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Seeking non-beach vacation spot for family with pre-schoolers

It may not be as exotic as Europe, but what about LA? Plenty to do for pre-schoolers and plenty to eat.

Mar 16, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

They talk about glatt meat, cholov yisrael, and have a non-gebrokts options. If you want more details, why don't you call them and ask for the hashgacha.

http://www.mypassover.com/contact.html

Mar 16, 2015
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Critique my (first!) Pesach menu?

Really depends what you mean by held up. You can get nice soft potatoes fine. If you're looking for a crispy exterior, that's much more difficult.

Mar 15, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Marmite?

There is a minhag to not mix meat and fish. You can have them at the same meal, but they generally require a separate plate/fork and you wouldn't cook them together at all.

That being said, there are people who will mix meat/fish and the Conservative movement has a T'shuva allowing it. So you should check with your parents about what they do and check with whatever Rabbi they would generally go to for kashrut questions.

Mar 05, 2015
avitrek in Kosher

Marmite?

I may be missing something, but the purpose seems to be to add umami to the recipe. Multiple comments talk about swapping marmite with vegemite or soy sauce based on availability. Kenji even suggests swapping the marmite for soy sauce or Maggi seasoning. So what are you seeing as the purpose of marmite that vegemite won't serve?

Mar 05, 2015
avitrek in Kosher