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kosher in Paris

Definitely commend l'inte cafe in the opera area- one of better dairy restaurants I've been to. Parisserie Charles traiteur also is highly recommended- not sit down, but great sandwiches, both dairy and meat (separately) and fantastic pastry. They have a couple locations as well.

Jul 04, 2013
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Israel Update?

Heading to Israel next month and looking for food experiences that just cant be found anywhere else. Last trip, had fantastic meals at Canela and Gabriel's in Jerusalem, as well as ridiculous breakfast at the King David Hotel. Any other recent standouts worth the trip?

Dec 27, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Shabbat in Paris Oct 26/27 2012

I was at Le Rafael in August for Friday night (and posted a review as part of a larger post), and must say it was worth the 50 euros, if you're staying close enough to make the walk afterwards. We stayed in the madeleine district and took a metro before shabbat, then had a nice 40 minute walk back to our hotel, which we needed after all the food we were served. Had lunch at Chabad shabbat afternoon, and though very different, was nice as well. There were perhaps 100 people there for lunch, and my wife and I ( who are modern orthodox) were at a table with 8 other observant Americans. Food was decent and family style, and about half the price of the meal at Le Rafael. To figure out if its all walk-able, probably best to googlemap it from your hotel. Both meals were lovely, so enjoy!

Oct 15, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher in marseille/best of Paris

Unfortunately, Shabbat gets out so late there I don't believe anything was open last sat night. Called a few places and they all said the same thing. Did have a few fantastic meals though. Started w osmose- located in a very residential/non-touristy area, but worth the trip. Modern decor, good wine list, great foie gras terrine, but standout was fantastic desert sampler plate. Next was l'inte cafe- again modern, upscale decor (why cant kosher places get that part right?)
highlights were a gorgeous antipasti platter for at least 2 people and a wonderful mushroom risotto that was even good cold the next day. Finally, had Friday night dinner at Le Rafael, which appears to be the place outside of chabad doing Shabbat dinner. Menu is obviously prixe-fixe and you have to pay in advance. Again, a bit outside of the usual touristy areas, but still walking distance from opera area. Started w a slew of appetizers an a nice bottle of wine, moved on to tilapia in a tomato- based sauce, then chicken, veal , and a nice moroccan stew w a boat of couscous. You get a LOT o food for the money, if that's a consideration and a nice atmosphere for a Shabbat meal as well. Another highlight was the baked and prepared goods at Charles Traiteur. There are a few spread out around Paris, and I assume they have similar items, but the one at ave victor Hugo had spectacular pastries as well as prepared sandwiches and shabbat foods. Even better, they're considering opening a branch in new York in the next couple years! For future reference, though, despite the large number of kosher establishments, many places are closed in August. Enjoy!

Aug 22, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher in marseille/best of Paris

Alas yayin is closed next week when we're in paris. Any votes for 2nd place-after osmose- in Paris as far as special places that are anniversary-worthy?

Aug 03, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher in marseille/best of Paris

Thanks! Are yayin and osmose similar? Preference for an anniversary meal? Unfortunately just heard the shabbos restaurants- les ailes and bistro 26 have close. Guess its shabbos with chabad!

Jul 24, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher in marseille/best of Paris

Heading to Paris for a weekend, then on to Provence, and looking for top picks for a few great meals. Haven't been to Paris in a few years, so looking for updates beyond l'as du falafel, but have never been to marseille, so looking for anyone w experience there. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher/Shabbat in Spain?

Considering a trip to Spain (probably Barcelona/Madrid) next month and wondering if there are any updates as to kosher food availability? Saw a website advertising a kosher restaurant "Delicias" in Barcelona, yet not sure it really exists. Shabbat experiences in Madrid vs Barcelona vs southern parts? Thanks in advance!

Jul 06, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher in Maui

Just wanted to give a bit of an update for those considering Maui for a meeting/honeymoon, etc. The couple who run Chabad of Maui were very sweet and cooked us (2people) enough for Shabbat that it lasted until Monday. Not sure if she could be persuaded to do meals during the week, though she is skilled/knowledgable enough to have put out her own cookbook (Maui Kosher?). Everything was double-wrapped and hotel-ready, the large pull-apart challah was homemade, whole-wheat, and really good, homemade spreads (chummous, eggplant, matbucha), gefilte fish, salmon, grilled chicken breast, roast chicken, brownies.....Everything fresh and tasty. Only thing is, you need a car and a gps. Their house is in an area called Kula, which is about 35-45 minutes from the hotels. We went on our way back from the volcano crater, so it was essentialy on the way.
2nd option was at the Hotel Grand Wailea, they have a kosher meal service through an LA caterer. The prices were a bit steep, but hey, you're in Maui, and Pardes isnt opening there anytime soon. At least I can say the meals were pretty good, for food that was frozen and shipped from LA. Pasta dishes (w/chicken or salmon) actually seemed to travel well, steak- not so much, halibut- very nice. the hotel was also great, but thats a discussion for another site.
If you have cooking facilities, I hear the Costco has frozen mealmart stuff, i.e. ribs/stuffed cabbage, as well as some kosher wine (moscato d'asti via chabad), so if you're looking to save a bit, thats an option as well.
Stopped in Oahu for a day on the way back, and used Oahu Kosher for dinner/sandwiches for plane. Dinner was sesame chicken and meatballs- both really nicely done, if a bit sweet, and had a smoked turkey wrap as well. Prices decidedly reasonable. Only thing is I believe he's moving back to the mainland soon, after which you'll be stuck with Chabad of Oahu. Enjoy!

May 13, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Recommendations for LA

Any LA updates? Considering a trip end of month and wondering about top food experiences worth hitting over a 3-day trip. La Seine all its cracked up to be? Has anyone gotten the chef's tasting menu there? comparable to Pardes? Any excellent Mexican out there? Been to Jeff's, Tierra del Sur, Pat's, Fish Grill, La Gondola on previous trip.

Feb 13, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher at the Canyons?

Just got back from 5-day Park City trip and figured I'd update/review for anyone looking for an easy ski/conference destination. Bistro at the Canyons opened in December, along w/synogogue at the Silverado Lodge. Ambience is nice enough that it attracted non-kosher (and very curious) diners while we were there. The bistro also provided sandwiches (tuna, pastrami, roast beef, turkey wraps) at the central on-mountain dining area which was a first for me and REALLY convenient. As for dinner, standout appetizers included a nice chili, smoked cauliflower soup, sliders, and a grilled chicken salad. Soups were very falvorful, but portions a bit on the skimpy side. As for entrees, my fave was the "cote de boeuf", a nicely grilled 19oz steak which actually did feed 2 if you have appetizers and are not crazy hungry. Other faves included a nicely smoked duck breast, a very smokey beef-cheek gnocchi, and a nice seared ahi tuna. Wine list was decent w/a few decent examples offered by the glass, and deserts were okay other than a coconut panna cotta, which was unexpected and really nice. All in all, a nice new way to do a kosher West Coast ski trip without having to worry about cooking or existing on tuna and PB and J for a week. Added bonus is they seemed very family-friendly.

Feb 12, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Chow-friendly shabat in Southern Europe

The main hotel restaurant is certainly not kosher, but we e-mailed ahead and they offered us both a per-meal rate as well as a "shabbat package". They also provided us with sandwiches for a 2 day excursion into the Italian Riviera with had zero kosher options. They also have a pesach program available.

Jan 27, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Chow-friendly shabat in Southern Europe

Spent a week in the south of France this past summer and would certainly recommend it. I posted a bunch of reviews on shamash, but my fave for shabbat would have to be the terasse d'eze, a small hotel on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. The views are spectacular and the kosher food was fabulous. Apparently its owned by Orthodox Jews and they seem to take their food and wine seriously. They have a separate kitchen and dining room for kosher diners and an infiniti pool with the most incredible views. The town itself is relatively small with not much beyond a fragonard cologne and perfume factory, but its a 20 minute drive from Nice, which itself has a bunch of kosher options. Cannes has a few restaurants, and even Juan-le-Pins has a couple. All in all, a surprisingly large number of options in a relatively small, gorgeous area.

Jan 26, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosh in Stamford, Connecticut

Been there twice on Saurday nights. Nice sports bar decor, packed house both visits. Had the
beer-battered deep-fried pickles- surprisingly tasty, but then again, anytime you throw something in the deep fryer, results will generally be pretty good. Signature burger was moist, nice size, and covered with smoked meat, a nice touch. Similar in concept if not quite as tasty as a Bay-Ken burger in Chicago. Next visit started with fairly beefy chili, then moved on to
three kinds of wings, which were excellent. Had the bourbon, sticky, and oriental BBQ wings, and all were really flavorful, though "oriental' were my favorite. Dessert was bananas "singapore", again, excellent if not particularly healthy. Plus, bar throws together some nice drinks, decent wine options, and fairly quick service when we were there.
The one drawback to our visits was their tofu/veg dishes- a salad the 1st time, a pasta the next, but A. there's not THAT much you can do with that tofu, and B. if you're looking for a tofu dish, Kosh may not be the place to do it. All in all, thumbs up.

Jan 22, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Friday dinner - the Inbal, David Citadel or the King David?

Spent a week at King David last year, and aside from being repeatedly blown away by breakfast buffet- too many choices to list, could've fed entire nation at the cheese table alone- Friday night dinner was also fantastic, including a sous-vide entree, which I've yet to see used at any other kosher establishment. But seriously- breakfast.

Jan 05, 2012
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher at the Canyons?

Nothing yet- found out they hadn't officially opened yet, but they're planning to open 12/14 and I'm not going till late January, so hoping for the best and will post reviews at that time. Hoping they can match the food at the kosher ski hotel in Canazei, Italy though!

Dec 11, 2011
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher at the Canyons?

Anyone hear anything about or tried the food at the Canyons new kosher establishment in Park City, Utah? Heading to a conference there and would love some 411.

Nov 22, 2011
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher in French/Italian Riviera?

Thanks for the info! Will definitely be checking them out in a few weeks and hopefully posting a review. Did you happen to hit any of the kosher stores while in Nice? Bakeries? Thanks again!

Jul 27, 2011
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Kosher in French/Italian Riviera?

Anybody have recent experience with the kosher restaurants/hotels in the south of France and Italian Riviera? Heading there for honeymoon and planning to spend time around Nice/Cannes as well as a few days in the Italian Riviera. Seems like there are a bunch of kosher options, including a kosher hotel in Eze but wondering if anyone has been there recently? Thanks.

Jul 18, 2011
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

Basil Pizzeria in Crown Heights - Review

I had the opportunity to eat there last night, and felt compelled to weigh in. I had read the article in the NY Times but was anxious to try the food rather than address its relevance as sociological experiment. On walking in, saw a packed Thurs night house, and thought- oh joy, where else can I eat in this neighborhood? I may have mumbled this aloud, as a well-dressed gentleman by the bar (who I realized later was the owner) assured us we'd get seated soon and its worth the wait. Not 5 minutes later, we were ushered to a table in what seemed to be their annex, a second quieter dining area. Lost some of the rush of being in the main room and watching the wood-burning pizza oven at work, but a bit more refined and relaxed dining experience. Again, less than 5 minutes to be seated, attentive, helpful wait staff, affordable and decent wine menu, and on to the food. Salmon carpaccio was fantastic- clean, fresh, unexpected flavor combos. Then came pizza from that wood-burning oven- asparagus, ricotta, golden beets and jalapeno on a thin, crackling, flavorful crust. Was perhaps not as hot as it could've been, perhaps due to transit from the other room, but still fantastic. And finally, saffron risotto with parmesan, wild mushrooms, peas and white asparagus. Wow. Creamy, smoky, earthy fabulousness. Things went so well that had to try their desert, particularly due to the fact that they're made in-house by their pastry chef. Yes- a kosher restaurant with a pastry chef. Pumpkin panna cotta and a creme brulee trio followed soon after to close things out. Overall, aside from being totally worth the hike to Crown Hts, one of the best kosher restaurant experiences in awhile and look forward to exploring the rest of the innovative menu.

Nov 05, 2010
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher

PRIME KO?

Just had 1st experience at Prime Ko, and being a fan of the other Prime restaurants, had high hopes- slightly more reasonable menu, modern decor, interesting menu... Good drinks gave a promising start, but then waited about an hour and a half for mains to arrive, with waiters avoiding our glances and the occasional apology thrown in. Salmon main was decent- nice size piece in typical teriyaki sauce. Shabu shabu was decent but came with about 10 thin slices of meat- certainly not a belly-filler. Maitre D came by to apologize for wait and offered a few more scraps of meat. When the waiter came by and I mentioned it to him, he said he'd check with the Maitre D, but returned 15 minutes later and claimed he couldn't find him. At that point I'd had enough and requested the bill. At THAT point they offered us a free desert which I accepted- a molten chocolate cake and ice cream sandwich combo that was tasty though cutting edge for 1987. They then followed that by taking 1/2 off our bill instead of the free desert. Overall, modern decor, decent food, small-ish portions, interminable wait and disinterested staff. At least they have LOTS of room for improvement!

Jun 23, 2010
BigRedFoodieDoc in Kosher