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Best pastries in Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

Well, I guess that means you're officially a tourist now.

Best pastries in Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

Oh please, I was hoping you wouldn't mention Marzipan :)

Shabbat hot plate question

Usually take it out of the fridge 2 hours max before the hot plate goes on, which is within the window of safety.
That leaves 3 hours or so for davening.

Dec 23, 2014
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Best pastries in Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

There are several branches of Lechem Shel Tomer's bakeries/cafes in Jerusalem, all with excellent pastries (not ultra-sophisticated but made with fresh, top quality ingredients), coffee, breads and light meals. The one on Azza has a very pretty seating terrace.
I've only had pastry at Kadosh once. It was good, but not memorable.

Shabbat hot plate question

Half an hour on an Israeli hot plate isn't enough to thoroughly heat pieces of chicken straight from the fridge.

Dec 22, 2014
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Shabbat hot plate question

30 minutes to heat food taken straight from the fridge sounds like a very short time to me.
If you are going to shul, a good way to have hot food for lunch is to put it in foil pans on the hot plate before you leave, with a Shabbat timer preset to turn the plata on about an hour before you'd like to eat.
The amount of time food needs to be on the hot plate varies according to the thickness of the food, as has been mentioned, and also to whether you put your pans directly on the metal surface (I don't, and this slows heating down).
Talk to your LOR about what halacha to go by and experiment with different heating times. Heating on a Shabbat hot plate is quite an art and takes practice to get right.
B'hatzlacha.

Dec 22, 2014
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Ashkenazi/Sephardi fusion cuisine - examples?

I made the beet recipe for Shabbat. It was quite tasty and a nice color too, even though it ain't hummus.

Dec 20, 2014
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Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

I don't think it was too much to ask at all.

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

Will be staying 2 weeks, with a relative who doesn't keep kosher. So refrigeration -- yes. Cooking -- possible but complicated. I'd like to keep the food pretty simple yet tasty.
I think I may take some challah rolls and a couple of loaves of great bread with me, frozen before the trip, to be supplemented with supermarket peanut butter or whatever. Some snacks for the way (nuts and raisins?) would be probably be a good idea, also.
I haven't been in the US in many years and really don't know what to expect outside of, say, NYC.

Dec 09, 2014
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Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

Flying into Jacksonville. The trip is already something like 18 hours -- don't want to add to it.

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

I meant cottage cheese, "gvina lavana" & that type of thing -- I think that's still a no-no.

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

Looks like US Customs is less stringent about bringing in small quantities of food than I thought. https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/deta...
It seems like meat and soft cheese are the only real problems (and "cheese containing meat," but that's a non-issue here).

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

Thanks for the info, everyone. I just emailed Etz Chaim about the takeout operation and took the opportunity to ask them about other sources for kosher food.
I'm tempted to just fill my suitcase with food, but imagine that I wouldn't be allowed to take most of it through US customs. Maybe a couple of loaves of good bread, though?

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

Great! Thanks.
I see the restaurant is over an hour's drive from Jacksonville, so anyone knows of something closer, that would be great.

Dec 07, 2014
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Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

Does anyone have current info? Thanks.

Dec 07, 2014
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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

You know, in all the times I've been to Machane Yehuda (including today), I've never tried the halva because I expected it to be tasteless, grainy etc. Maybe I will give a chance.

Nov 27, 2014
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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Nice to "meet" you. And thanks for the info about the Shekel gift shop.
So what do *you* like to receive?
I'm asking out of genuine consternation. Muktzeh is out, chocolate doesn't work in the hot weather unless I'm going somewhere very close by, etc, etc.
Something original that I gave last Friday night to friends who host me frequently was a large tub of stone ground techina from the place in Machane Yehuda. It was a hit.
When I used to host often myself, I was never bothered by people who brought nothing. OTOH, I was not too pleased to be gifted junky, sugary treats for my kids.

Nov 27, 2014
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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Flowers are lovely, but they are problematic in Israel this year because of shmittah.

Nov 24, 2014
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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

You are correct.

Nov 23, 2014
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Rule #1...always...

Corollary: bring reading glasses to grocery store.

Rule #1...always...

bleach & anything acidic (like vinegar) is also dangerous

Nov 23, 2014
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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Thanks for all the suggestions and the thought you put into them..
To clarify, when I said "Shabbat meal," I meant a situation where I'd be walking over to a neighbor for one meal.
That means I can't bring anything muktzeh and don't want to bring anything overly expensive. Here in Jerusalem, it seems like the usual amount to spend on such a gift is about NIS 25-35 -- at least in my not-especially fancy circles.
I do often bring wine, but if I don't know the hosts well, I may hear, "Oh, that's a dry wine" in tones of dismay. Other go-to gifts are roasted nuts or a houseplant if I can drop it off before Shabbat. I used to give a special salad or other food item I had prepared, but varying tastes, food restrictions, hashgachas, shmittah observance, etc., it gets complicated.
I love the stay-warm bread basket, although I would give it as a wedding gift.

Nov 22, 2014
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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

As someone who has been doing a lot of guest-ing recently, I'm looking for ideas for gifts that my Shabbat meal hosts will enjoy.

Nov 20, 2014
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Rule #1...always...

"mocked" is the word for it :)

Nov 19, 2014
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Rule #1...always...

Put the leftovers in the fridge before going to bed.

Should You Drain The Liquid Out Of The Can Of Salmon?

yes

Why drink chicken soup when you are sick? What so special?

18 1/2 - that's a venerable age!
My dog is responding to the pats and scritches by wagging her stump. Her previous owners cut off her tail before dumping her at a shelter as "too much work." Anyway, glad she's safe now.
No onions or garlic for the little gal, although she greatly enjoys cooked carrot slices.

Nov 02, 2014
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Mixing the Tiny and the Gigantic

The high tech method: Get another bowl. Pour the stuff back and forth a few times.

Oct 30, 2014
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Why drink chicken soup when you are sick? What so special?

"...when people are sick"
Not just people. My newly adopted rescue dog had a case of kennel cough so bad she couldn't hold down any food. As well as antibiotics, the vet prescribed chicken soup to lubricate her throat and get some nutrition into her.
She's all better now, but still loves chicken soup.

Notes on catering our son's Bar Mitzvah

Mazel tov.
Sorry you had a negative experience with the melave malka caterer.

Oct 26, 2014
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