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Kosher?

Houcasey, I've always wondered the same thing. Reuben sandwiches have become synonymous with Jewish delis despite them being the definition of non-kosher. When kosher delis became jewish/kosher style, they seem to have all added Reubens. What prompted this specific addition, and why did it occur at all Jewish delis. I'm sure someone has studied the cultural transition, but I've never seen it reported anywhere, if not it would make a good graduate thesis.

Jan 21, 2015
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Petite Shell

I tried it Saturday night. I liked the chocolate rugelach. I also had the blue cheese and pear one. It was savory, but I couldn't really discern either flavor. Friends had some of the others and the general description was "it's a different shaped boureka". The best reviewed item was the sandwich on a croissant that one friend had.

The crowd was very mixed and I think my group was the only kosher keeping group there.

I'd say we all enjoyed the food, and it was nice to have an option to grab a dessert late on a Saturday night. However, I'm not sure I'd make a trip just for it, or stop in midday if I happen to be in the neighborhood.

The one funny experience that could spell trouble was when a guy walked in, asked if anything was parve, and then left when he was told everything was dairy. Personally, I'm glad it's dairy and wouldn't make the trip for a parve rugelach, but if UES frum Jews are looking for a shabbat dessert, this is not the place for it.

Jan 20, 2015
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Lamb Shawarma on Long Island or in New York City?

I second Grill Point, that's the place in Queens I was thinking of.

Jan 19, 2015
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Shuka - kosher shakshuka truck

I hate to say it, but I went once and wasn't impressed. There wasn't enough tomato/veggies in the platter so the overall portion was small. Given that they're charging $12 for a platter they really need to increase the quantity of veggies.

Also, including challah rather than a pita was odd. And the challah tasted liked it used to be frozen. I wish them the best of luck, but as long as they're competing with better kosher trucks on the same day I won't be in a rush to return.

Jan 19, 2015
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Lamb Shawarma on Long Island or in New York City?

Grill on Wheels used to include lamb in their schwarma, although it was a combination, so I don't know how much was lamb. Unfortunately, they're closed so it won't help. I seem to remember some place in Queens that has lamb schwarma, but I'm not regularly in Queens so I forget the name and it could have closed too.

Jan 18, 2015
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Kosher Timepiece Cafe?

Margins are tight. Restaurants need people to order food and turn over tables to bring in enough revenue to pay the rent. How would the restaurant pay rent while having people take up table space for hours while only ordering a couple drinks or snacks?

Jan 18, 2015
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Duck confit in slow cooker for Shabbat lunch?

So how'd it go?

Jan 17, 2015
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Boneless Ribeyes and New York Strips

I'll second the vote for Grow and Behold, but if you want high end prime kosher steaks in a store I'd check out Prime Butcher Baker on the UES.

http://www.primebutcherbaker.com/meat...

Jan 15, 2015
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Boneless Ribeyes and New York Strips

Nate, the issue is removing the nerve and fat is labor intensive and costly. In Israel the market for non-kosher beef is small enough that they need to incur the expense, in America they can just sell the back half to a non-kosher slaughterhouse and not lose anything.

Jan 15, 2015
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Duck confit in slow cooker for Shabbat lunch?

The recipes I've checked call for about 200 degrees which should be the sweet point for slow cookers. But I'd suggest checking your slow cooker first. If you regularly see your slow cooker boil water on low then it's heating above 212 and you'd need to measure the temperature of oil on low after a long period of heating to see what temperature it gets to to be sure you don't burn the confit. If it can keep water below a boil then it's not reaching 212 and you'd probably be fine with a confit.

Jan 14, 2015
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Passover Programs 2015 & Kosher Restaurants

Small c conservative, or capital C Conservative as in affiliated with USCJ?

Jan 13, 2015
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Kosher Asian Market? (Not Restaurant) [Long Island or New York City]

Jan 12, 2015
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Disney - Pesach 2015 DIY

There was just another thread on a DIY Pesach rental in Florida. Everything covered there should apply for you too assuming you get a Disney villa with a full kitchen.

Jan 11, 2015
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Kosher Parmigiano Reggiano is Back!

Baum, it used to be available in the US at the right stores. Then the manufacturer who used to make it stopped. Gran Duca started briefly before stopping too. And now it appears like it's started producing again, at least in Italy. But no one has seen this in the US yet.

Jan 06, 2015
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Shuka - kosher shakshuka truck

Dec 25, 2014
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Shabbat hot plate question

You have about 2 hours where the food can sit at room temperature.

Dec 23, 2014
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Shabbat hot plate question

Cast Iron would be great at maintaining the heat if it was put on warm. But trying to heat food in cast iron on shabbat day will take longer since all the heat needs to heat the cast iron first.

Dec 22, 2014
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Shabbat hot plate question

Gila is right. Aluminum is about as good a conductor as you're going to get unless you want to spend a lot on copper. The issue is you're only supplying a little heat from the bottom and it takes a while for dense food to get hot. If your hot plate was hot enough to heat the food quickly it would either be too hot for shabbat and/or would burn the bottom of your food before the top was warm. For shabbat lunch, I will generally put food on to warm up when I leave for shul, then by lunch time it's warm.

Dec 22, 2014
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non traditional latkes

Another non-traditional idea I've done in the past is fish and chips. It's not latkes, but it's fried and you still have your potatoes if you want them.

Dec 16, 2014
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Ashkenazi/Sephardi fusion cuisine - examples?

Pet Peeve of mine, if it doesn't contain chickpeas it's not hummus. Those may be very tasty black bean, beet, or edamame dips, but they're not hummus.

That black bean one in particular has no ingredients you'd associate with hummus and everything typical of southwestern cuisine. So why call it hummus?

Dec 16, 2014
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Vegetarian Entree to Accompany Latkes?

Adina, can you share that recipe?

Dec 15, 2014
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Doughnut Season

Yes, but why are the Israeli standards stuffed jelly? And for that matter, what did people eat before 1948?

Dec 10, 2014
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Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

Are you flying into Jacksonville? If you are flying into Orlando you may be able to buy food there before driving to Jacksonville.

Dec 08, 2014
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Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

Duval County government is consolidated within Jacksonville despite those other cities maintaining their own municipal governments.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duval_Co...

Regardless, Jacksonville is the largest city by area in the lower 48.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

Dec 08, 2014
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Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

It opened and then closed. They claimed they were reopening, but who knows.

Dec 08, 2014
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Quesadilla Maker for Passover

The storage space is worth more to me than the $10.

Dec 07, 2014
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Quesadilla Maker for Passover

I'd have to agree with QueensCook. I can't find a clip right now, but this calls for an Alton Brown rant on unitaskers. Especially if it's being bought for 1 week a year where it can't even be used with the appropriate ingredients.

Dec 07, 2014
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Kosher Delivery for Non-Kosher Holdiay Party at a Resturaunt?

Les Marais was great last night. They matched the menu, excluding treif items, that the rest of the party was having. The different courses all came individually wrapped and everything tasted great. And the best part was the venue worked it all out with Les Marais so I didn't have to do anything.

Dec 04, 2014
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Kosher Delivery for Non-Kosher Holdiay Party at a Resturaunt?

The location my office is going to ordered from Les Marais. I can't report back on quality later this week.

Dec 02, 2014
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Kosher Delivery for Non-Kosher Holdiay Party at a Resturaunt?

What city/neighborhood?

Dec 02, 2014
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