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Where to find Passover vodka/tequila in NYC?

Columbus Wines on Columbus and 96th generally as a pretty good selection.

Apr 17, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Anyone selling charoses in Boro Park?

I'm sure any store that sells prepared food will sell it.

Apr 12, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher French Macaroons

I saw them at Seasons last night. Price was about that. But my bigger issue was they looked terrible. Much worse than what you expect to see at non-kosher stores or Woops when they were kosher. Macaroons are not meant to sit out on store shelves that long.

Apr 11, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Is there a fix for my chicken soup - it tastes sour

Be aware that doing that risks bacteria growth. Here is a home cooking discussion on it.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/787484

And some other tips online:

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/09...

Apr 11, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

What do entrees cost? What do you usually spend on a meal there? There is too much variability in real estate, staff, and ingredient costs to make comparisons useful. I'd just say that the cost should be slightly more than the cost of an appetizer + entree that is available through the buffet.

Apr 10, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Manischewitz Sold to Yet Another Equity Firm

I totally disagree. The people on this board may have gotten past the myth of kosher = higher quality, but not the average consumer. Hebrew National still runs their "we answer to a higher authority" campaign. If Bain is buying Manischewitz to market via kosher = quality, then you can bet they've done their research to determine that it's a viable strategy.

Also, what makes you think Manischewitz is higher priced? As you mentioned, plenty of other brands are kosher, so why should Manischewitz have higher costs than them for the same product? And you may know that other brands are kosher, but unless it's on the box/advertising, the average consumer doesn't know that kraft or nabisco is kosher.

If Bain's strategy fails then they will presumably sell Manischewitz to someone else, they're not going to just shut down a company that still has value.

And I don't see what you find odd about the last paragraph. The passover seder has the highest rate of any Jewish activity in the US. And you can bet those seders feature the maxwell house haggadah and a box of Manischewitz matzah.

Apr 08, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

availbility of fish for grfilte fish

What city are you in? What store are you going to? Fish is distributed fairly locally, I can't imagine a problem in NY would effect fish distribution in LA for example, to say nothing of London or Israel.

Apr 08, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

KFP ricotta cheese?

I don't think I've ever seen ricotta. I always remember making lasagna with cottage cheese instead because I couldn't find ricotta.

Apr 07, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Stick margarine for pesach this year?

Palm Oil is much better. It also has the benefit of being semi-solid naturally so is usable for margarine without need to make it a transfat.

Apr 04, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Any restaurants in Philly area open chol hamoed?

The list looks very sparse for NY, so I suspect it's missing a lot. That being said, thinking about the kosher restaurants that Philly has, the only one I can even think that would make sense to open would be Citron & Rose.

Apr 03, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Did I make a faux pas?

Not chalav yisrael
Not glatt
Not yashan
Not mahadrein
Not badatz
Not closed on shabbat

They could all be translated to "not kosher enough" by the OP. And "Conservative rabbi" is oftentimes used to describe an Orthodox rabbi who is "not reliable". None of this really matters in this case. All people are going to be able to do is put their own view on what "kosher enough" means and say whether they agree with the one guy or not.

What matters is the OP made the best effort she could and asked the local Rabbi, there was one guy who decided that wasn't good enough and was rude about it. The only faux pas in this situation is the guy who was rude.

Apr 01, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Did I make a faux pas?

You asked the local Orthodox rabbi beforehand. He approved of everything you did. That's all you could have done. There is always going to be someone finding something to complain about.

Mar 30, 2014
avitrek in Kosher
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Pesach Price Gouging

Marty, but you're already showing you are searching for prices by shopping at 3 stores. It seems like all you're concerned about is price and parking. I think you may be retired, so maybe you have free time, but other people value their time. If it's 10pm thursday night and I'm just starting my shopping and know I have to be done with my cooking before I go to bed, then I may buy everything at one store. I could be walking by a second store, but I still won't go in to save a dollar if it's going to cost me the time to shop and wait on line again.

Mar 26, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

What's on Your Pesach Shopping List?

I don't know why this is so hard to believe. It's simple supply vs demand. People prefer chareidim. It sells out quickly and people drive all around looking for it. Assuming chareidim can't increase their supply (because of oven capacity or some reason), then the logical thing to do is increase prices.

Why sell out quickly at $22 when you can still sell out before pesach at $33. It's econ 101.

Mar 25, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Pesach Price Gouging

Local competition. If someone else in Brooklyn has a cheaper price they have to compete. But they don't need to lower prices in Cedarhurst all the way because people in Cedarhurst will pay a premium to not have to drive to Brooklyn.

Mar 25, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Pesach Price Gouging

Mar 24, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Newman & Leventhal Kashrus

Yes. Rabbi Marc Schneier.

Mar 24, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Newman & Leventhal Kashrus

If they're the caterer at Park East then it's probably fine, but I would push the woman on the phone to provide the hashgacha details.

Mar 24, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

“The best chopped liver this side of the Hudson” advertising the kosher caterer in Florence, Italy

Precisely what DeisCane said. Queens for that matter is on the same side of the Hudson as Europe.

Mar 24, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

“The best chopped liver this side of the Hudson” advertising the kosher caterer in Florence, Italy

I was thinking the same thing. It's the second time in the day that I've heard the phrase "other side of the Hudson" used to describe Europe(the first was a BBC TV show). It does seem odd because it ignores most of NYC, all of CT, MA, and RI, but I guess it most be a common expression in Europe(at least among English speakers).

Mar 24, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Stick margarine for pesach this year?

It's a kitniyot issue. There are plenty of manufacturers of parve margarine. But they all use soybean oil. Cottonseed oil on the other hand is terrible for you, and starts out as a toxin. The only people who want to use it are ashkenazi Jews on Passover. That's why it's so easy for one manufacturer to be the only supplier, the demand is tiny.

Personally I'd love to see the supply disappear completely. It would probably force the masses to demand that kashrut organizations stop treating ktniyot derivatives like ktniyot,

Mar 23, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

How is Yolato?

Yes. Ask your rabbi.

Mar 22, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

How is Yolato?

Did you really just revive a 6 year old thread to share that information?

Mar 21, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Passover meatball recipe

Interesting. So it's basically mini matzahs.

Mar 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher For Passover Kitnyiot

You used to be able to go to a store, grab something kosher for pesach, and assume it was ok. Now you need to look at the package and makes sure it's not kp-kitniyot. Of course people becoming more strict about kitniyot derivatives has also made things more difficult for themselves.

Mar 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Third burger restaurant to open on UWS of Manhattan - Brooklyn envy

Yes. That's the place. I agree it doesn't fill the void. It works for me for takeout compared the restaurants, but it's not a sit down option.

Kasbah is probably the closest to what you want on the UWS, but it's gotten too expensive for what it is.

Mar 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Third burger restaurant to open on UWS of Manhattan - Brooklyn envy

Completely agree. There is nothing between the burger places and expensive steak places. At least on the meat front.

The one plug I'll give for reasonably priced food is takeout from Kosher Marketplace. I picked up a Chicken Tikka dinner with mashed potatoes and cous cous from the warm area last night for $9. You can also get a half chicken with roast potatoes for $10. And after 7pm their sandwiches are $2 off, so $7 for pulled chicken/beef, sloppy joes, etc...

You have to pick from what is there which sometimes isn't much, but I don't know where else in Manhattan you can get a meat dinner under $15 and sometimes under $10.

Mar 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Passover meatball recipe

Israeli Cous Cous is basically a type of pasta. It's made with wheat. I don't know what they use on Passover, but it must be some kind of Passover substitute.

Mar 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Third burger restaurant to open on UWS of Manhattan - Brooklyn envy

I wish I could agree about the ABC prices. I like the food, but the prices are all a little too high. I went a month ago as a party of 3. We each had a burger and split 1 order of chicken nuggets and 1 order of fries.

After tax and tip it came out to $27/person. Yes, that's cheaper than what a steak place would cost. But $27 still feels too expensive for a burger dinner.

Mar 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Need to impress a Shabbat dinner guest

And more impressive if the takeout food is recognizable.

Mar 19, 2014
avitrek in Kosher