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Kosher restaurants w/corkage

I think it probably depends a lot on the location and local laws. Several years ago when I was visiting Philly the restaurant we went to told us where we could buy kosher wine across the street to bring in for our meal. I don't remember if we had to pay a corkage fee or if they checked the bottle for a hechsher.

Jul 16, 2014
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Why is there no decent kosher cheese dip?

Ro-tel has an OK. That may be what you're thinking of.

Jun 30, 2014
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Kraft String Cheese is OUD

They were the regular kind, not 2%, at a Super Walmart in Maryland.

I guess it makes sense that the OU is not supervising all runs, but I've seen some of the flavors of Polly-O with and without the OU at different times. I was really happy to hear that the Kraft line was also going kosher.

I really appreciate the fact that some mainstream cheeses are now in theory available all over the country. It may not be gourmet, but it's a great thing to be able to pick up when not anywhere near a kosher store.

Jun 25, 2014
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Kraft String Cheese is OUD

I just spotted the Kraft mozzarella-cheddar twists with an OU-D at super Walmart last night. Those were on the Polly-O list, but I never actually saw any with an OU, just KD. So that was a nice surprise.

I'd assumed that the KD versions would phase out when new packaging came in, but that doesn't seem to be the case. It's been quite a while now for Polly-O, and I still see a lot that isn't OU. Hopefully with the Kraft versions switching over as well, that situation will improve.

Jun 25, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Need a VEGAN kosher bakery in Philly please

My info is out of date, but they were still subsidizing the plain water challahs in Israel about 12 years ago, as well as plain weekday bread (unsliced).

The "fancy" egg challahs were significantly more. And definitely tasted like cake in comparison.

Jun 10, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Great American Health Bar/57th Street

One year the person who bought the chametz belonging to some friends of mine showed up at their door unannounced, asked to see the chametz, and took some of it away. I believe they were reimbursed for the value after Pesach. Even though it's a real sale, most people don't really expect someone to come to their house and take anything.

Apr 24, 2014
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Moussaka Recipe Needed

Glad to help out!

Apr 18, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Moussaka Recipe Needed

I was able to get the recipe from the Amazon book after a few tries. Hope it's not too late. Here it is (paraphrased):

Greek Moussaka

1 medium eggplant (1-1/2 lbs)
1 egg
1 cup tomato sauce, divided
1 lb ground meat of your choice
1 onion, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp sugar
dash of black pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 bay leaf, halved

Peel eggplant and slice 1/4 inch thick. Brush both sides with oil. Arrange in a large baking pan and broil on both sides until lightly browned.

Beat the egg and 1/2 cup tomato sauce in a medium bowl. Add meat and onion, and thorougly blend.

Place half the eggplant slices in an ungreased 7"x11" baking dish. Spread meat mixture over eggplant. Top with remaining eggplant slices. Mix the remaining 1/2 cup tomato sauce with water, sugar, pepper, and cinnamon.

Pour the tomato mixture over the eggplant, and place half a bay leaf at each end of the pan.

Bake at 350 uncovered for about 1 hour, until the top is brown and most of the gravy evaporates. Remove bay leaves.

Serves 4-6

Apr 18, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Kosher for Passover Greek Yogurt

There are a few flavors of Shoprite yogurt that are KFP this year, although I saw them in a non-Shoprite store that gets in products from many sources, so I don't know that they're in the Shoprite stores themselves right now. They have special packaging that says KFP right on the cup, rather than on the date code.

Apr 01, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Pesach Price Gouging

Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to get over there asap!

Mar 26, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Pesach Price Gouging

Is the Shoprite tuna on sale this week? I've been watching their ads and I didn't see it locally, but I'd head over there tomorrow if it is likely to be on sale now.

Mar 26, 2014
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Coconut milk for Passover?

Since I won't drink black coffee, I will use the almond milk over "creamer". I feel like it's at least somewhat better. (For the record, during the year I use the refrigerated almond or coconut milks of varying brands.)

Out of curiosity, last night I compared the ingredients and nutritional information on the Lieber's almond milk to Blue Diamond. They were remarkably similar, other than the pesach version missing some added vitamins.

Whether you like the taste is a matter of preference. Personally I'm glad to have it as an option.

Mar 21, 2014
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Problem expanding threads, previously read posts, or creating new threads

All my problems now seem to be fixed, including the rollover menu issue. Thank you!

Mar 20, 2014
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Problem expanding threads, previously read posts, or creating new threads

I am also unable to expand previously read threads. I refreshed a page by mistake, and after that I was unable to read any of the posts on the page, as they're all marked read and the plus sign doesn't expand them, nor does clicking on the gray box of an individual reply as it used to.

I've also noticed that sometimes the rollover menus have recently started staying expanded rather than going away when I mouse off of them - multiple menus may be open at once.

I haven't tried to start a thread, and I'm trying to post this in the main "Reply" box under the opening topic of this thread.

I'm on IE8 (at work, can't upgrade or use a different browser). I get the following Javascript error as well:

Message: Script error
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Char: 0
Code: 0
URI: http://cdn.boomtrain.com/analyticstra...

So maybe it's an ad causing this somehow?

I hope these issues can be fixed soon! Thanks.

Mar 19, 2014
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Lifesavers--are any varieties kosher?

In addition, sometimes products sold in Israel are from European runs rather than the U.S. versions.

Mar 11, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Kosher/Jewish deli in Columbus?

I never heard the term "chop meat" (or even "chopped meat") used until I spent time with people from New York. It was always "hamburger" in the midwest.

And I also thought the use of "appetizing" in some (east coast) ads was a mistake, and had no idea what that term meant.

Feb 10, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Which food products available only in Israel are worthy to bring to the US?

I still see your post with the photos, right above your second reply. Problem with the site? (And yes, the photos look great!)

Dec 31, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Traveling to Puerto Rico - food questions

Mealmart and a few other companies make shelf-stable meals, similar to the frozen types. If they're available where you're located, and you'll have access to a microwave, I would recommend bringing at least a few of them. I have been pretty happy with the Mealmart ones (much less so with the La Briute ones that self-heat, which were barely edible). It's definitely not gourmet food, but they travel well, are easy to prepare, and are surprisingly decent, considering.

Dec 30, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Kosher Butcher in Baltimore

Seven Mile Market also has a large fresh meat department, but I agree that Wasserman's is known to be the best butcher in the area.

Dec 16, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Tassimo Kosher T-Discs - will they ever make them?

For what it's worth, I've found that Special K Pastry Crisps (strawberry) remind me a lot of how I remember Pop Tarts tasting, although they're not exactly the same type of product. They're OU-D (and made by Kellogg's, which also makes me wonder why they still only put a K on their cereal).

Dec 09, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Dairy Restaurant for Lunch in Brooklyn

Sorry to have been vague. We're mainly going to be in the Boro Park/Flatbush area. Although we'll travel further for something worthwhile. :-)

Thanks for the suggestions so far!

Nov 07, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Dairy Restaurant for Lunch in Brooklyn

I'm looking for recommendations for a good milchig restaurant in Brooklyn for a weekday lunch on a day-trip to NY. (I've searched the site but didn't find a lot of recent discussions.)

Something middle-of-the-road would be great - we're not looking for a pizza joint (well, unless it's amazing) or something outrageously expensive. So, what's your favorite dairy restaurant in Brooklyn?


Nov 07, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

MSG Source?

I don't know where you can get it in NY, but Accent brand "flavor enhancer" is plain MSG: http://www.accentflavor.com/products/. I believe it's under the OU. Worst case, you can buy it on Amazon or elsewhere online.

Nov 04, 2013
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Kosher restaurant that delivers near Reisterstown, Md.?

Reisterstown, MD would be out of the free delivery area of the kosher restaurants (if they have one), but my guess would be that many would be willing to deliver there for a price. Reisterstown is about a 12-mile drive from the kosher "center".

I've never ordered food to be delivered, so I am not familiar with specific policies or fees.

There was a recent thread about what is available in Baltimore in general, here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912176

Oct 30, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Where's the wafer cake in Brooklyn?

A search turned up this: http://www.rocklandkosher.com/p-6001-.... It may not help you find it in Brooklyn, though.

I've never seen or tried wafer cake myself, but it appears to be different than 7-Layer Cake.

Oct 28, 2013
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Bols Advocaat

I've really liked it when I've tried it, and unfortunately have never seen it sold in my area. I tried bringing it in duty free once, only to have it confiscated due to the liquids restriction when I had to go back through security and recheck my bags in Toronto. Now I know to put duty free items in my luggage before rechecking the bag. Live and learn...

Oct 15, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Trader Joe Kosher Onion Soup Mix

Thanks for the heads up!

Sep 16, 2013
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what kosher symbol is on mrs t pierogies potato, spinach and feta

I hadn't noticed that any of them were kosher, so thanks for the heads up!

The broccoli version also has that hechsher, so I agree that it's likely the spinach/broccoli that's the problem.

Sep 13, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher


There's a page on the website that gives that information: http://lasdeliciaspatisserie.com/page...

Aug 29, 2013
hbg1 in Kosher

Where to eat in Baltimore

I think that's a pretty good summary.

I'd add Milk & Honey Bistro to the list, a small, casual dairy place. Sandwiches, soup, quiche, fish, etc. They have a decent all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, offering things like scrambled eggs, bagels/cream cheese, pancakes, French toast, and home fries.

There is also Mama Leah's for pizza. I like their pizza - it seems like they use fresher ingredients in the toppings - but it's somewhat more expensive than the others.

Be aware if you go to Accents in the middle of winter it can be quite cold, the seating area is in an atrium with doors that open directly outside.

There are also 2 kosher Dunkin Donuts, one open 24 hours that has seating (although the service is much more pleasant in take-out-only one).

The kosher supermarket is 7 Mile Market, which has quite a bit of prepared food as well as regular grocery items.

I would say that Baltimore has a lot of food options for being "out of town", but most are mediocre to average, with a few places that are a step above that. My take on the better places to go would be Goldberg's Bagels, Accents, Dougie's, Knish Shop, either Chinese restaurant, and Mama Leah's or Tov if you want pizza. Sadly, it's not really a foodie destination, but you definitely won't starve.

Aug 08, 2013
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