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Need a meal on the way from Boston to NYC

Depends on which route you're taking. If you'll be going on 95 through New Haven, I recommend Clare's Cornercopia 100%, right by Yale, excellent. If you're taking 84 to 90, I suggest any host of places in West Hartford, such as Yossi's (at Whole Foods).

Aug 27, 2014
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El Gaucho

Mechila. Sadly, I often do have a BK-centric mentality, but thanks for bringing my attention to it.

Aug 18, 2014
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kosher Walmart in Skokie

I live in NYC and order as much as I can from Romanian. You're very fortunate in Chicago to have such an unparalleled purveyor of meats.

Aug 17, 2014
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El Gaucho

That's why I only order Argentinean dishes there. Next time, I'd do away with the steak and get chorizo instead.

Aug 17, 2014
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Bubble Tea

27 Dressings under VHQ has bubble tea!

Aug 16, 2014
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Bubble Tea

A kosher juice bar on Kingston Avenue in CH used to make bubble tea. I don't know if that place is still around, though.

This is one item that I'm pretty surprised there's a gap on. Maybe someone would like to fill in the gap and offer it in their estabishment?

Aug 16, 2014
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abeles and heymann franks @ Brooklyn shoprite

The OP said that in the nonkosher frank section, the price was $4.99, and he said don't buy them in the kosher meat section; the point he's making is that the franks are sold for cheap in one section of the store and the same product is marked up in the kosher section. That's very unethical, if not illegal.

Aug 16, 2014
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Eden Wok Closing!

Buddha Bodhai is AUTHENTIC Chinese. Nothing else quite like it, whether in Chinatown Manhattan or Flushing Chinatown. I also enjoy the similar places in Philly, now under IKC (Rabbi Zev Schwarz).

As long as Eden Wok in New Rochelle, with the buffet, is still going, I'm happy. I didn't care for the Manhattan location much. I love the buffet in New Rochelle. Chap a Nosh has a Chinese buffet Monday nights in Brooklyn, if anyone else is interested.

Aug 16, 2014
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El Gaucho

I wanted to add a question to the public: has anyone else eaten there, and what dishes do you typically enjoy?

Aug 16, 2014
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Las Vegas updated

I like the Huntridge Sods Fountain; there's no other experience quite like it.

Aug 16, 2014
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El Gaucho

I went last night and for the most part, was impressed.

Hot bread was served with a rosemary margarine. Puchero was ok, although the beef broth tasted very commercial. The empanadas were authentic in that they had olive and hard boiled egg, although the size was miniscule for the price. The chimichurri was very good. Asado de Tira was tender, and juicy, although the garlic mashed potatoes tasted old. Flan was excellent, especially for parve.

It's enjoyable to have an Argentinean place to eat.

Aug 15, 2014
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abeles and heymann franks @ Brooklyn shoprite

Sounds highly illegal to do that.

I saw firsthand, actually, that A&H gets their scraps for franks directly shipped from Meal Mart, in case anyone's wondering.

Aug 15, 2014
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Brooklyn suggestions for non fancy eaters

MMF is kind of fancy and expensive. For reasonably priced kid friendly food, I'd suggest Chap a Nosh, Carlos and Gabbys (J and CI Avenue, across from Essen Deli), KD on J and East 13th, Olympic Pita for Israeli style food (K and CI Avenue), Estihana for Chinese (J and East 13th), etc. Off the Avenue M stop, there's not much fleshig, other than Chap a Nosh, although there are plenty of pizza places over that way (Benny's, Posh Tomato, JII, Chadash, etc.) For fleshig, get off by Avenue J and you'll have quite a few options, none of which are fancy.

Aug 15, 2014
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lamed vav in great neck

I was in Great Neck today and it was still coming soon.

Jul 22, 2014
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Do you have a tried 'n' true recipe for avocado (or other) pareve cold soup?

A good parve cold soup is a White Gazpacho, called Ajo Blanco, made from almonds. The soup traditionally contains no dairy at all (it's emulsified with bread, olive oil, and very cold water), so avoid recipes calling for yogurt, obviously. The dish is inherently parve.

Jul 22, 2014
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Upscale Friday night dinner ideas

I agree with other posters here. Roast chicken is the one dish that any great chef will tell you is incredibly simple yet complex to properly execute; while a roast chicken for shabbos dinner seems ubiquituous, I'd suggest something like a coq au vin instead. Coq au vin uses very inexpensive cuts of chicken to make a masterful dish. I'd count it among impressive dishes.

For a soup, instead of the usual matzah balls, how about a soup with quenelles of veal or ground chicken? And for salad or appetizers, try something elegant.

Jul 22, 2014
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Breadsmith in Brooklyn

The kosher location in Potomac, which I've visited when I was in the Silver Spring/Baltimore area, is kosher parve, pas yisroel, shomer shabbos. I'd assume that on Avenue M of all places it would be the same way. Ironically, this bakery is opening up right by Kaff's Bakery, although I don't think there's going to be too much competition, since the bakeries are so dramatically different and appeal to two different markets. Breadsmith would be the only artisan bakery in our neck of the woods period, with the exception of a non-kosher Panera in Kings Plaza, and I'm hoping this Breadsmith will be a kosher establishment that will appeal to a broad demographic.

What I'm anticipating is that they may be owned by non-Jews and fall under the supervision of Rabbi Aaron Mehlman, which would allow them to be open on shabbos (and would also eliminate the need to worry about hafrashat challah). The fact that any baking done on shabbos would be done in ovens turned on and left on before shabbos by a mashgiach would render such bread pas yisroel.

Jul 22, 2014
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Breadsmith in Brooklyn

On the site of the old Apple bank on Avenue M between East 18 and East 19th in Flatbush, I saw a coming soon sign for Breadsmith, the puirveyor of artisan breads. Considering that the stores in Potomac, South Bend, Minneapolis, and Skokie are under kosher supervision (in Potomac, where I've been, the place is under the Vaad of Washington), there's a large possibility obviously that the Brooklyn store would be kosher, as well, although I haven't seen any indication as to the status of this store.

Jul 21, 2014
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Why don't Jews eat cheese?

Between Breadberry, Pomegranate, and the Kosher Marketplace, I've seen lots of cheeses. Galbusera makes all sorts of Italian cheeses. The Cheese Guy and Natural Kosher are ubiquituous at this point. Aurora manchego is sold at Zabar's. I see Schmerling cheeses from Europe, kosher brie and camembert, and lots of offerings these days.

Jul 21, 2014
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Best Pareve Birthday Cake (NY or NJ)

Kosher Marketplace does some pretty good parve sheetcakes.

Jun 26, 2014
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Making Franks and Baked Beans for Shabbos

I want to do a franks and beans casserole for shabbos July 5th. What blend of beans do you recommend using, and how to prepare this for serving on shabbos? I was thinking of using Navy beans soaked (ordinarily when it isn't for shabbos, I'd just use Bush's baked beans as my base), along with Jacks facon, onion, bbq sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, a little Tabasco, cider vinegar, and mustard, which is my go-to technique (I use a half package of facon in the beans and lay out the rest on top). What should I do with my franks in the mix? Mix them in or lay them on top? I'm just interested in doing this so that the beans cook fully but don't overcook. I'm using some franks I managed to order from Romanian.

To round out the meal, aside from the franks and beans, I'm doing potato salad, cornbread with onion jam and maple Earth Balance, cole slaw, homemade sweet tea, and watermelon, in order to keep with the July 4th theme.

Jun 26, 2014
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Cold / Summer Shabbat lunch ideas

I mostly eat cold foods on shabbos afternoons in the summer. Hummus, Greek yogurt dips, Greek salad with feta, eggplant salads, cold noodles with sesame, Caesar salad, etc. Although I would say there's an obligation to have hot food on shabbat afternoon, as well (Baal haMaor rules as such).

Jun 26, 2014
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Best Pareve Birthday Cake (NY or NJ)

The rabbi himself has Orthodox semicha and follows the halakhot 100%. I spoke with him at length prior to buying from Viking. I really enjoy their Scandinavian baked goods and desserts. Although the Butterfinger Layer Cake is really gevaldig, as well.

Jun 25, 2014
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Breadberry

I like the cheese selection (they have a full line of Gulbusera cheeses from Italy, including sharp provolone, Grana Padano Gran Duca, which is the closest thing to kosher Parmigiano Reggiano we have, pecorino, etc.) and the sandwiches! They have a very good meatball sandwich, and I think it's awesome that a kosher BLT is the first sandwich on the menu! I had the kosher BLT on mezonot bread, with lettuce, tomato, and dense mayonnaise, and it was divine.

Jun 25, 2014
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Kraft String Cheese is OUD

The OU Kosher website lists many varieties as being OU-D, of both Polly-O and Kraft (Jalapeno, Tomato Basil, Cracked Black Pepper, and plain mozzarella Kraft).

It's nice to see that more mainstream cheeses are kosher. I long enjoyed Cappiello mozzarella.

Jun 25, 2014
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Ladino Grill *gone*

It was nice while it lasted. I found it to be ridiculously overpriced, although they had a nice lunch buffet.

Apr 08, 2014
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KFP ricotta cheese?

The halav yisrael brands are yuor best bet. Haolam, Fresh and Healthy, and Susan's, IIRC.

Apr 08, 2014
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Fox's U-Bet syrup

Thanks! I saw it in Pomegranate, and since they're under 2 extremely strict hashgachos, that's enough for me! I bought both dairy and parve varieties.

Apr 06, 2014
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KFP marinara sauce

I have 4 sets of pots, pans, boards, equipment, knives, etc., so I guess I'm spoiled in the kitchen.

Apr 02, 2014
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Establishments Offering KFP Foods

I also should add Kosher Marketplace to the list, as well as House of Glatt, and Aaron's Gourmet.

Apr 02, 2014
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