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Best Kosher Salami beyond mediocre hebrew national

I think the brand is called American. OU-Glatt

Mar 19, 2014
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Does Baker's Ammonia (Ammonium Carbonate) need a hecsher?

No symbol required.

Jan 23, 2014
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Aunt Jemima Syrup - OU-D

Common equipment with other dairy products. No kashering.

Dec 27, 2013
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Tabasco Sauce

Very true.

Nov 19, 2013
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Pesach in California?

LA (La Brea & also Pico) always have options for carry out. It's a bit early for specific places to commit.

Oct 20, 2013
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Bringing food into Mexico

On the return trip I tried taking an unopened can of tuna in my carry-on & once again it was confiscated at security because the tuna is packed in a liquid. I thought it was a qwirky inspector in Guadalajara, but I just got nailed in Mazatlan.

Jul 24, 2013
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Bringing food into Mexico

I just flew into Mexico and brought Jack's Gourmet corned beef and a meat Amazing Meal. I declared the food and told the Inspector I had precooked USDA packaged meat in the original packaging. They asked if anything was fresh. I said "no" and they said "pase" (pass/go).

Jul 24, 2013
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Sacramento kosher options as well as Napa Valley

Touro College sells kosher food in their cafeteria. Vallejo is on the way to Napa. Near 6 Flags.

May 28, 2013
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Great extra virgin olive oil

Actually, the major national hashgachos don' t agree with you. They say EVOO does not require certification other than Passover. Product adulteration is a Federal issue. Blends and and other forms of olive oil do require certification.

May 09, 2013
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Kosher in L.A

Near Fish Grill (Beverly/La Brea) are 2 delis with seating. Abba's and Elite Cuisine.

Apr 14, 2013
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Bringing food into Mexico

I brought some Amazing Meals with me and showed the inspector the USDA stamp on the package & was told it was acceptable. Seems like it is more a matter of who checks you than actual policy. Also brought munster cheese in the original packaging and that was permitted.

Mar 20, 2013
Mashgiach in Kosher

Question of Almond Butter/ Almond Flour over Pesach

Straight almond butter would be kosher for Passover, but you would want to know what else was ground on that equipment. The grinding causes heat (friction) & can reach over 120F which has its own set of "issues". Some processors have added dairy chocolate chips to some nut butters making everything D or DE. Almond flour by itself would also be ok, but if ground or packaged in an area that does other flours you may have cross contamination with chometz. So, in theory you are totally correct, just the application needs clarification.

Almond milk - see http://oukosher.org/passover/guidelin...

Mar 20, 2013
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Bringing food into Mexico

Update a year later. Entered Mexico yesterday in Mazatlan. Brought Meal Mart Amazing Meals/chicken. Was told that meat or chicken with a USDA plant # on the label IS allowed.
I'll forgo commenting on the quality of these boxed meals.

Jan 16, 2013
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Lax & Mandel's - Cleveland, Ohio

I'll try it on my next trip. Thanks! Can they beat Unger's brownies??

Jan 13, 2013
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Lax & Mandel's - Cleveland, Ohio

As a kid, they had great challah and Unger's had the best pastry.

Jan 12, 2013
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Grape juice

I guess it all depends on your point of reference!
If you mean the 3 oz or something that size, Costco often carries OU certified brands

Nov 08, 2012
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Grape juice

White, concord, or red?
Bulk as in many retail cases or 55 gallon drums of concentrate?

Nov 08, 2012
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Help... Matzoh ball disaster

Absolutely correct! The more you roll them the harder they become.

Oct 30, 2012
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Corn Nuts

Any flavor CornNut (not chips) with a current Best By date are OU Pareve. Packaging will (eventually) be updated and carry the OU logo. Nacho, Raanch, original, all pareve no matter what the ingredient legend says. They are only produced at the CornNut plant in Fresno, CA and that plant is now 100% kosher-pareve.

Sep 08, 2012
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Lunch at Nana Cafe

My wife and I went to Nana Cafe for the first time and were pleasantly surprised. I'm not given to writing restaurant reviews. We sat inside and the noise level was rather low. A marked improvement over previous visits under different ownership. She had the sweet potato salad and I had ahi tuna shwarma & french onion soup. The food was very good, served in a reasonable time frame, portions were generous, and the hot food was hot. It cost around $40 which is a bit much for lunch; on the other hand this isn't a quick in and out sandwich shop. RCC/Cholov Yisroel.

Sep 05, 2012
Mashgiach in Los Angeles Area

hansen's bakery LA-who certifies them as kosher

Rabbi Sharfman died in 2000 and Kosher Overseers was bought by the OU a few years ago. The OU doesn't (and never did) certify that bakery. I think Rabbi Kelerman did at one point, but not sure if he still does.

Sep 04, 2012
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For one day only, Sonoma or Napa?

Napa has Hagafen Cellars with a tasting room with posted hours. If you call ahead you may be able to find out if there will be grape crush that day.
You can also contact Jeff Morgan at Covenant Wines and he might set up something for you where he makes his wine.
St.Supery had a self-guided kosher tour at their winery, but I don't know if they still have that.

Aug 18, 2012
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26 (West LA) - Horrible experience, and Jeffs saves day

If you don't mind the drive, we've always had great service & great food at Tierra Sur in Oxnard.

Jul 23, 2012
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26 (West LA) - Horrible experience, and Jeffs saves day

Very sorry that you had such a miserable experience. We use Jeff's and LA Burger Bar for a meal that never dissapoints. They've both bailed us out of unhappy situations mor than once. Good service is getting very hard to find.

Jul 23, 2012
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Vacation Ideas?

Maple Grill has discounts??! Great! Food is fantastic!

Jun 19, 2012
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Passover Oil

Some of the "better" olive oil brands pride themselves on having sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Apr 01, 2012
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Ciao Bella ice cream/yogurt/sorbet moving to OU

I just looked at the Star-K list (www.star-k.org) and the OU list (www.oukosher.org) and sorbets are all still pareve. What sorbet did you see that was pareve is now listed OU-D?

Feb 26, 2012
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Lindt Chocolates

Hershey's Special Dark went dairy because they changed it by adding butter. Stella Doro was going to change for a totally different reason. While you are correct that chocholate gys loath water, and some 20 years ago American hashgachos did kasher with cocoa butter and have stopped; the examples you cite aren't relevant.

Jan 05, 2012
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Hot dog buns in Los Angeles

Actually it is California-K, Rabbi Teuchman. Pareve. Pas Yisroel. They are available at Ralph's as well.

Jan 03, 2012
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Cake Flour

This is the OU answer. If you want more details, email me at rabbi@tmo.blackberry.net

Jan 02, 2012
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