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Baby high chairs in Israeli restaurants, are they widely available?

Yes high chairs are widely available in restaurants here.

Apr 19, 2014
rachelb99 in Kosher

chowhound meetup

Made Aliyah to Ramat Beit shemesh, a very UN-chowish place, 2 years ago from Chicago.

Sep 16, 2013
rachelb99 in Kosher

chowhound meetup

I'd be up for that! But I think you and I are the only Israeli regular posters/readers around here.

Sep 15, 2013
rachelb99 in Kosher

Kosher Biscoff/Speculoos

The best cookie, having them available kosher is a major benefit of making Aliyah! I always have a package in the cabinet.

Jul 28, 2013
rachelb99 in Kosher

Does kosher gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) exist?

Yay! Hopefully we'll see it here in Israel, bimheira vyameinu!

May 07, 2013
rachelb99 in Kosher

kosher skittles in israel

Oh really? KF is a widely respected hechsher here. I was wrong on sizes, big bag is 125 grams and small bag is 38 grams.

May 04, 2013
rachelb99 in Kosher

kosher skittles in israel

Yep! They've arrived at grocery stores and candy stores. Regular and sour. 8 shekels for a big bag, 225 grams and 3 shekels for 95 gram bag. One more reason to make Aliyah!

May 03, 2013
rachelb99 in Kosher

Bagel Country in Skokie under new ownership -

And speed up the service, while they're at it!

Jul 16, 2012
rachelb99 in Kosher

Pesach HOTELS 2012

We were at kibbutz lavi in Israel's northern region and loved it. It was our first Pesach hotel experience so I don't have anything to compare it to but I was really happy. The food was amazing and plentiful and the dining room didn't feel crowded at all. There were a shiur or two a day, in english and hebrew, but I didn't get to any because I was with my three littles, 6 months, 2 and 4. The pool and kids' pool were great, beautiful parks and grounds, lots to see and do in the area. We want to go back next year IYH.
Oh those Israeli breakfasts! We didn't miss bread at all.

Apr 16, 2012
rachelb99 in Kosher

israeli restaurant with fresh lafa and salads IN jerusalem WITH good hechsher! anyone?

Mervad Haksamim is my favorite. On Emek Refaim and on King George St. near the hotels.

Nov 29, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

Chicago Closings

not according to me.
i enjoyed chocolate shoppe. the owner is super friendly and nice.
i'm surprised about malibu.

Oct 10, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

Best frozen lunch main course last day of a 3-day chag

Do deli meats, salads like egg salad and cucumber salad, chopped liver with good rye bread. I like a green salad with chopped leftover chicken for shabbos lunch.

Oct 06, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

Super hot white horseradish

We had the same experience - Extra is stronger than Triple, though we didn't taste them side by side.

Jul 25, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

Date syrup - How do Sephardi cooks use this?

I use it instead of honey or brown sugar to make granola. Sticky-sweet and delicious!

Jul 13, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

New Ice Cream Shop In Skokie

Sadly they don't have soft-serve but I thought it was very good too. They even have some parve sorbet options.

May 29, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

found OU-D tootsie pops

OK I found them at Walgreens in Skokie. Some bags in the pile on the shelf have the OUD and some don't, so buyer beware!

May 20, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

New Ice Cream Shop In Skokie

I'm hoping to try this tomorrow; has anyone been? What is good? Do they have soft-serve?

May 17, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

Kosher Marshmellows- "Regular" National Brands- The Final Kosher Frontier??

Paskesz is the best by far!

sincerely,
a marshmellow connoisseur

May 08, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

found OU-D tootsie pops

Still looking here in Chicago, too!

May 03, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

cooking kosher asian-style food?

According to the CRC:
Rice noodles and rice paper wrappers with ingredients of only rice and water are permissible without a hechsher
I can't figure out how to link a tweet but it's posted on their twitter account (CRCKosher) on march 23.

Mar 31, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

EJ's pizzeria in Skokie

we got pizza takeout and zucchini soup for lunch today. Fantastic. Might be the best kosher pizza I ever had. Certainly the best in Chicago. I'm glad they'll be open motzei shabbos. And I'm having a lunch date there tomorrow!

Feb 14, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

Chorizo...any Kosher substitute?

We like this too, but I think you can only get it in Chicago.

Jan 03, 2011
rachelb99 in Kosher

Kosher holiday finds at Trader Joe's

I wish they had the peppermint gourmet marshmellows (e.g. homemade and handcut, not the commercial kind) that they had three years ago. Oh how I miss good marshmellows!

Nov 28, 2010
rachelb99 in Kosher

Pareve Cornbread

I make the one from the kosherblog blog, but I put the egg back in instead of using the flaxseed gumminess.

Nov 11, 2010
rachelb99 in Kosher

Mehadrin/Glatt Suggestions for Jerusalem/Bnei Brak/Dead Sea/Eilat, etc.

We're spending the year in J-lem and our best meal has been at Ahavat Ha-yam, a set-menu fish place in or near Nachlaot. They bring you lots of delicious salads, garlic pita, bottomless juice, and a fresh, filleted grilled fish of your choice. Get the trout!
Also, grapefruit-arak sorbet at Aldo. (There are branches on Emek Refaim and at the Tachaneh Merkazit, among others).
Enjoy and be sure to post what you ate and enjoyed!

Jan 03, 2010
rachelb99 in Kosher

Mike's Bistro: Chef's Tasting Report

Thanks for posting and letting us live vicariously through you. It sounds amazing!

Nov 02, 2009
rachelb99 in Kosher

Kosher Subway Opening in Skokie -

That is the question of the week!

Aug 03, 2009
rachelb99 in Kosher

Perlstein Resort Reviews?

It was vast majority families, but there were 2 or 3 couples w/o children. I think it would be so lovely and relaxing w/o children. The dining room scene is a little nuts w/ all the crying and running around.
From what I'm hearing from friends, some weeks the food is better, depending on the "tier" paid for...and our weekend was very cheap.

Jul 07, 2009
rachelb99 in Kosher

Perlstein Resort Reviews?

Well, in the public interest, here is my report: the food was awful, but we had a fabulous time.
Most of it was industrial, powdered, or frozen. Or otherwise bad. Exceptions were the cholent, which was packed with meat and kishka, not dry or burnt, with good flavor and enough salt. They also served an excellent sweet cheesy noodle kugel Sat. night.
But the place is gorgeous, rooms are very nice (love the water pressure!), many of our friends came, and our toddler had a blast, as did we. This particular weekend was not real "scheduled" with activities or babysitting, and we liked it that way.

Jul 06, 2009
rachelb99 in Kosher

Shallots Bistro in Skokie, IL

I follow them on Twitter - @Shallots - and they tweet about the sushi nights, they give away free sushi, and post pics of the rolls. They have had Copper River Salmon nigiri sushi the last couple weeks!
Baby keeps us in most nights, but I can dream...

Jun 09, 2009
rachelb99 in Kosher