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YU Graduation Buffet at Mocha Bleu

Has anyone been to this buffet which is apparently in its third year - following the YU commencement on Thursday, May 22, 2014? We would like to take our graduating son to a "special" late preferably milchig lunch (commencement is from 10-2pm) near the Izod Center in East Rutherford where the commencement is located. They want $39 pp (supposedly a special YU rate discounted from the regular price of $45 pp) and claim the buffet consists of everything on the menu.

May 07, 2014
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Shalom Bombay - NYC

Rats! only a block from my office - Goodby mixed grill appetizer. Hope they re-open nearby

Apr 29, 2014
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Where to find Passover vodka/tequila in NYC?

The Vodka is made from potatoes thus avoiding grain alcohol which is Chometz - try the sweet potato Vodka

The Tequila typically doesn't contain any Chometz, but nevertheless both are made under rabbinical supervision.

Apr 18, 2014
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Almond Crescents?

As a kid on Pesach, I absolutely loved these large delicacies made of almond butter and who knows what else. Has anyone seen these in a KLP bakery or market? I've tried numerous recipes and had some edible results, but none to rival the almond crescents of old.

Apr 13, 2014
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Potato Salad

Growing up my mother made a knockout pareve potato salad - Just potatoes, diced scallions, grated carrots, mayo, sugar, salt and white vinegar. It was never runny on the second day and it didn't get more and more tasteless as the days wore on. I can't seem to replicate it anymore and Mom forgot any tricks she might have utilized. I've tried what seems like all the variations ie putting the dressing on warm or hot or cold potatoes, stirring in the mayo at the last minute, blanching the other ingredients, etc etc to no avail. It tastes great right after you make it but the quality decreases rapidly thereafter. Any ideas?

May 31, 2013
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kosher pizza on the way to Baltimore

For pure convenience Esti's in Cherry Hill would be your best bet as it is only 2-3 miles from Exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike. Take Exit 4 to Route 73N to Route 38W - it's on Route 38 on the right side of the highway past the Mill Rd exit and just before you get to the Church Avenue circle - total travel time about 5 minutes from Exit 4. You would have to check with them as to when they open on Motzei Shabbos. None of the Phillie locations are that close. The pizza is very likeable, although I would agree with whoever suggested Jerusalem in Elizabeth for pizza.

Nov 29, 2012
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Why can't the Y.U. student body support a good take-out place?

At least Stern has quite a few decent restaurants in the area. If your daughter has an extra balance on her food card I have a tall, slim, athletic, handsome and always very hungry pre-med Junior who will gladly ride the shuttle to "pick-up" your lovely "balance" - they can go to Shalom Bombay on my dime.

Nov 24, 2012
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Why can't the Y.U. student body support a good take-out place?

The YU meal plan is $3,100 for fall+spring semesters. It is only mandatory if you are in a dorm. If you have an apartment (like my son), you can get the meal plan but you can maintain any balance you want - you don't have to "use it or lose it" for $3,100. My son generally puts a hundred bucks at a time on his card (they have ATM-like machines for this purpose) Given the amount he drops at Golan, he will not even come close to spending $3,100 at the cafeteria. Either way - $3,100 for about 8-9 months of daily kosher food (and there is a very nice variety of quality food available) is a great deal at about $11-13/day. As far as the use it or lose it aspect of the mandatory plan. More students use up their meal plan before school is out than those who have leftover balance that they lose. In the true spirit of Achdus and mentchlichkeit, the custom is to offer one's excess food plan balance to someone else who is running short.

Nov 21, 2012
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Latest missive from Chowhound team

Did you consider that "how kosher is it?" (ie by whose standards something is deemed kosher and what those standards are) is necessarily and unavoidably entangled in a discussion board on kosher food? I would suggest that it is possibly the most important aspect of the discussion, as it also involves the Jewish moral imperative not to place a stumbling block in front of a blind person. I see no valid reason to prohibit discussion of how kosher something is articulated in your policy. Don't turn this very valuable board into The Forward for food.

Sep 03, 2012
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Need a Philly/Cherry Hill update

Best bet for groceries/take out is Kosher Experience in Shop Rite at Garden State (Rt 70/Haddonfield Rd). Under Cherry K Hashgacha (R Epstein). Fast food fleishig at Burger.org - farther east on Rt 70. Order the $10 steak sandwich - tell them to undercook it and no gristle (they usually cooperate). Lamb burger rocks - under Keystone K. Farther east on Rt 70 is Cherry Grill - excellent Chinese and grilled steaks under OK. Esti's pizza is very good - Rt 38/Church Rd under Cherry K. In Philly don't bother with Acme in Ardmore very limited take out selections. Mama's and both burger.org's are good choices.

Aug 09, 2012
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Kosher PBA-free plain tomato sauce? does it exist?

Not sure why a white interior of a can is a positive finding. Isn't the supposed danger of BPA in cans due to epoxy resins that can be used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans?

Jul 15, 2012
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Skirt Steak

You all have been VERY helpful - Good Shabbos!

Jul 13, 2012
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Skirt Steak

Why is it so salty?
How do I counteract the saltiness?
What's the best way to tenderize it without increasing the saltiness?
any tips on how to grill it medium rare before Shabbos and serve it hot Friday nite without overcooking?

Jul 13, 2012
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South Street has come to Cherry Hill!

We Cherry Hillniks are a bit more sophisticated than we get credit for by those "who dwell on the other side" of the Delaware or Hudson Rivers - in fact most of us are former citizens of those countries. If the Burger.org owners don't shape up with the portion size on the non-burger menu items and the quality of the rolls and buns, they will be out of business by the end of the summer. Does anyone know how to get in touch with the owners to give them a heads up on these problems? I believe I have met one of them (taciturn un-smiling Israeli) and I did recommend to him that he use the same buns as he does in Philly. A friend of mine complained about the amount if chicken in the grilled chicken sandwhich too. I was there last nite and no change in the bun. The lamb burger is still awesome if you chuck the bun.

Jun 26, 2012
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South Street has come to Cherry Hill!

Burgers etc are as fabulous as at South St and Chestnut St. They have even crispied up their french fries somewhat. Please when you go recommend to the owner/management that they use the same wonderful and chewy store-baked hamburger rolls as in the Philadelphia operations. If enough people complain they might do something about it - they are serving those lucious burgers on cheapo over the counter supermarket rolls.

Jun 20, 2012
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Kosher food along i95 N.

If they get hungry right away, Exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike will take them to Cherry Grill (meat), Esti's (dairy/vegetarian) and Burger.org (meat) - all in Cherry Hill and all about 10 minutes from Exit 4. All very reliable Hechsherim.

Jun 18, 2012
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Hebrew National hot dogs are... Kinda Kosher? Mostly Kosher? Or, "not completely Kosher?" A pre-4th of July heads-up.

They are going to kill this thread, but before they do here's my 2 cents. If indeed it is only an issue of glatt/non glatt based on the lung inspection issue, I believe the case will settle for very little - perhaps no more than a "this is not glatt" disclaimer. If however, there are some more serious issues, it could be reasonably provable civil fraud and lead to big bucks. Although it is a little fuzzy, I don't see anywhere in the web page re-printed in the DailyPlanet article that is terribly fraudulent unless you stretch the meaning of strict beyond its plain meaning. The question is after so many years of suspect Kashrut why does Hebrew National insist on continuing to produce actually or allegedly sub-par "kosher products". Pay a little more, tighten up the production values and get an acceptable hechsher! Even Manishewitz eventually got the OU supervision.

Jun 18, 2012
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Costco cheesecake? Did I imagine it...?

Careful people - I've been a shareholder of Costco and Price Club before it forever and it has been very sweet financially

May 24, 2012
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Where to eat in Philadelphia?

The $5 one way toll is a Knas for making a Yeridah from NJ to PA . Same thing at the other end of the Turnpike when descending to NY

May 23, 2012
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Kosher Mexican Cheese?

Thanks for all the tips! I'm really a relative novice when it comes to Mexican cooking. Thus far I have only been able to somewhat perfect a cheese enchilada casserole and of course, cheese enchiladas themselves. I find that if you add some cocoa powder, chili powder and cumin to the commercial kosher enchilada sauce ( La Victoria is the only one I could find), it works rather well. The Monterey Jack cheese is rather pedestrian to my buds. I wonder if there is a kosher source for refried beans. The "real" Mexican cheese actually used to be illegal in the US - something to do with using petroleum products in the processing. I once defended some 30+ years ago a Mexican cheese smuggler caught with huge "wheels" of Mexican cheese secreted (obviously not too effectively or he wouldn't have been caught) within his truck at the port of entry in Tijuana. The Government claimed the cheese could have been fatal if consumed.

May 23, 2012
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Where to eat in Philadelphia?

If you have a car and are willing to go 30 minutes to Narberth, try Cherry Hill Shoprite Kosher Experience on Route 70 maybe 15 minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge. They also have a pretty good selection of prepared food, a butcher shop and significant amount of kosher groceries and frozen foods. You will most likely be just as satisfied with the selection of products there as in Acme, although both are certainly not Pomegrante. Cherry K - Rav Epstein

May 22, 2012
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KOSHER IN ATLANTIC CITY

Was at the South St location last week - the paper menu at the counter did not seem to have the word "Organic" on it. Lamb burger was fabulous (as usual). Anyone know if they decided on Margate instead of Cherry Hill or in addition to Cherry Hill, where they have a storefront with their banner, but nothing else?

May 22, 2012
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Kosher Mexican Cheese?

NY/NJ/PA area. I'm looking for the traditional Mexican cheese - the kind of cheese that works well in quesadillas, chile rellenos and cheese enchiladas. The usual run of the mill cheddar, muenster, mozarella, etc. just doesn't seem to do the trick everything ends up tasting like pizza.

May 22, 2012
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KP almond paste?

A log time ago, it seems almond crescents were available for Pesach. I believe they were made with almond paste. Last year I looked all over NYC/NJ for them to no avail. Anyone know who has them or even a recipe?

Apr 02, 2012
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What pesach kitchen utensils do you have?

Yes - what is the source for use of steam - as in perhaps a Shark or other make portable steam gadget? We have granite counters and stainless steel sinks and have always been told we have to pour boiling water over the surfaces (which obviously makes a huge mess, no matter how many towels one utilizes. Alternatively we've been told that there is a Shita (which we do not follow) at least as to the granite that holds it need not be kashered - only cleaned as it does not absorb. Additionally - anyone know how to kasher Bosch dishwashers for Pesach (all metal interiors with some very small plastic fittings - can buy extra sets of racks)?

Mar 25, 2012
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Lakewood...

Good choice - try NPGS I or II or Kosher West - prices generally cheaper than NYC or
North Jersey for the same products. 30-45 minutes from the Goethel's Bridge - TPike to Pkwy

Mar 20, 2012
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Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

Has anyone determined what the shelf life in the refrigerator is for the Meal Mart products (ribs, stuffed cabbage, turkey breast, etc.) at Costco? They come refrigerated, but what do they taste like if you freeze them and defrost them?

Mar 20, 2012
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Franzia Kosher for Pesach??

Does anyone have any info on this product and its Kashrus (or lack thereof)?

Mar 20, 2012
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Burger.org in Cherry Hill

Local skeptics are giving them about 3 - 6 months to close - the thinking being that it's one thing to succeed in Centre City or South St where there are many singles and young marrieds, it's another thing to succeed in suburban Cherry Hill full of famiies with back yard grills and an endless supply of descent ShopRite Kosher Experience ground meat.

Mar 07, 2012
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Burger.org (South Street) got a nice mention on a blog!

The sweet potato fries were anything but crisp last Sunday - Shame - I ate em anyway, and they were fried in a cooker but a couple of feet from the bathroom - Yuck - at the Centre City location. Great lamburger though

Mar 07, 2012
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