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Kosher Winery Visits

There's a winery in Israel just outside the gates of Alon Shvut. I think they offer a tour of the winery, though I'm not certain. The restaurant there, however, is not to be missed. They also sell a lot of the wine at the restaurant, and they're happy to let you taste many of the wines.

1 day ago
queenscook in Kosher

Food and Wine in Barcelona

re: The food is very good and they are open all day, until late (11:30).
Very good info, but one thing . . . my understanding of Spain is that 11:30 is not late at all, that things don't even get started until the 9:00-10:00 range. Have you found otherwise?

Jul 03, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher Vancouver

If Maple Grill is still there, I can't recommend it highly enough. We were in Vancouver five years ago, and we wound up at Maple Grill three nights in a row, instead of bothering with any other place. Truthfully, I can't remember much about what we ate, and it was prior to ever being at Pardes, but I remember it as a place with the type of vibe and food that made it seem as though it wasn't a KOSHER place, but just a great restaurant that happened to be kosher.

I think it was a fairly new place then, so I don't know how it might have changed over the years, but I really hope it's what it once was.

Jul 01, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Restaurants that need updating (Tevere 84, Va Bene, La Marais - in Manhattan) What others?

Or, if you are unhappy with your lack of choices, you can move to New York. People live where they live for lots of reasons. If having lots of choices of kosher restaurants is someone's reason for living in NY, who are you to say we are spoiled?

Jun 26, 2015
queenscook in Kosher
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

I googled around a bit to find out more about this low-temp self cleaning mode. I found this one reference:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11...
HPH: Is there any new technology around self-cleaning ovens?
CKL: Some manufacturers offer lower-temperature self-cleaning cycles that use water and steam. They were faster, but really couldn't handle big messes, especially grease on the oven walls and on the window in the oven door.

so it doesn't seem as though the new ovens are that great anyway.

Jun 16, 2015
queenscook in Kosher
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

I'm very happy with my GE Spectra XL 44 which I purchased in 2001. I have no idea if that model is still made; however, if it is, I would recommend it highly.

Jun 16, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Good Shomer Shabbos deli in Brooklyn or Queens

Just the further deterioration of the English language due to the nonsense of the virtual world.

Jun 05, 2015
queenscook in Kosher
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Kosher McDonalds in NY Magazine

I will say that years ago, although I was underwhelmed by the actual food at McDonalds, I loved the Hot Apple Pie. That was in the days when they were still deep-fried; I wonder if they still are today . . . or if they are even still sold.

Jun 04, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

The Fireside restaurant opens in Monsey

Ten items were not available, including two of the only three chicken dishes? Seems a bit high to me, though certainly I have no concept of what's involved in running a restaurant.

And is the current standard that the tip is simply added to your bill, not allowing you to have any say in the matter? If that's the case, why have a tip at all? Why not just add 18% to the prices and say no tipping. I generally tend to tip around 20%, but if 18% was being added to my bill without my ability to choose, I'd more likely leave it at that than add another couple of percentage points.

Finally, I don't like the "No substitutions" note on the menu. I'll buy it at Pardes where meals are crafted, but here it just seems obnoxious. Just my opinion.

May 22, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

I can't imagine any concert I would pay $2000 for.

May 21, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Mr. Softee Ice Cream Trucks

One man's meat . . .

May 18, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Mr. Softee Ice Cream Trucks

What don't you understand? That was the exact brand and type of ice cream that essingepicure mentioned about six responses above as being a kosher product available from a Mister Softee truck. It was to that comment that I responded that I'd prefer the freshly-served soft serve to the packaged product.

May 17, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Mr. Softee Ice Cream Trucks

Ingredients of a Klein's ice cream bar (from their website):

Ingredients: milk fat, sugar, non-fat milk, corn sweetener, mono & diglycerides, guar gum, cellulose gum, artificial flavor, salt, carrageenan, polysorbate 80 & artificial colors (FD&C yellow #5, Red #40).

Chocolate flavored coating: coconut oil, sugar, cocoa, and lecithin.

YUM!

May 17, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Mr. Softee Ice Cream Trucks

The term I used, "fresh served," means to me that the ice cream is coming freshly out of the machinery. That's a far cry from an ice cream bar that was made two or three months ago, frozen, and in the freezer and for all that time. it may not be haute cuisine, but there's still a fresher taste than a pre-frozen bar.

May 17, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

hotel question/sabbath observance

Not only travel, but places like hospitals. I have spent many a shabbos in hospitals recently, and automatic toilets and sinks are all over. One can choose to avoid travel, hotel stays, and museum visits over shabbos, but hospital stays and being with family members over shabbos in an ER or regular hospitalization is another thing entirely.

May 16, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Mr. Softee Ice Cream Trucks

Can't speak for anyone else, but I would not choose a pre-made, commercial ice cream bar over fresh-served, soft-serve ice cream.

May 16, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Shabbat and 2 weeks in Italy -- any Kosher advice?

Did you use "Italy" as a search term here on the kosher board, because there are a number of far more recent threads than this one from eight years ago. If you have not done that yet, I would recommend you do.

May 13, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

hotel question/sabbath observance

I would be so worried about a fire or something happening, especially if I were leaving the room, I wouldn't be able to enjoy shabbos. Me, I'd just go the cold/room temperature food route.

May 12, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

UWS NYC odd-kosher-food event

It refers to a post which was removed.

May 12, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher Certified Canned Artichoke Hearts?

*does*?? Did you meant "doesn't"?

May 07, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Corn Dogs: Serious Question

Yes, that's it. Thanks, DeisCane.

May 07, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Corn Dogs: Serious Question

The answers here seem to assume the boy doesn't eat other meat, but does eat meat corn dogs. I read it differently; I read it as the OP looking for a way to make a non-meat version. Weinstein suggests using a good quality hot dog, but if there is such an animal (no pun intended) in a non-meat version, I certainly have never found it.

If it is I who is misreading, then there is a fleishig kosher version which I like very much. I can't recall the brand, but I think it starts with an S. The brand makes other kosher "party foods," like wings, etc.

May 07, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

Yes, though the recipe I had was made with pudding, so it was parve.

May 07, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher Certified Canned Artichoke Hearts?

Yes, at some point over the past six years from when I posted this, I found that out.

May 07, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Jarred Tuna

After this thread was started a few weeks ago, the next time I was in Fairway, I looked to see if they had any jarred tuna with a hechsher. They didn't, but I saw two canned brands that seemed to be Italian: Cento and Genova. Then today, I mentioned the OP's question to an Italian colleague, and said that I didn't see anything in a jar which was kosher, but asked her about the two canned brands. She said that Genova is an Italian brand, and it is what her family uses. I don't know if that helps the OP, but it wasn't overly expensive, so you may want to try a can and see if you like it more than what you use now.

May 06, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

First kosher in Dumbo

I posted it for the edification of other people who might not have gotten what the letters of the acronym actually stood for.

May 05, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

First kosher in Dumbo

DUMBO= Down Under (the) Manhattan Bridge Overpass

May 05, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

I finally got to taste the cookie butter; someone brought me a jar each of the smooth and crunchy versions from Israel. I hate to admit it, but I can really say I was unimpressed totally with the smooth. As hbg1 says, it has the exact texture of smooth peanut butter. I like the crunchy a bit more, but I don't know if I'd even request another jar to be brought to me on their next trip. I would love another few packages of the Lotus Biscoff cookies themselves, though; those I really do love.

On the subject of cookie butter, I tried a recipe to make homemade Oreo cookie butter. Well, it's not really so much of a "recipe" as "directions," as all it is is processing Oreos and then adding a bit of coconut oil to the processed crumbs. It amazed me how liquidy they actually became. I didn't make a whole recipe, so I didn't follow exact amounts. I used one of the three rows of Oreos in the package, 10 cookies, I believe, with about a teaspoon of the coconut oil. It's sooo good! I plan to try it with other cookies.

May 03, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher Ramen Noodles

The noodles themselves are fried so the fat in the noodles will be much higher. The sodium, on the other hand, probably comes from the spice packet, and therefore the noodles themselves probably won't be so high in sodium, if you don't use the spice packet.

Apr 29, 2015
queenscook in Kosher

Kosherica cruises

I said nothing about food. You said you were curious about what add-ons there were, and I said that I heard that BEVERAGES were not included, in other words, that they were an ADD-ON. That's all I know. I have no interest in cruises.

By the way, kosher cruising has been discussed here before. Just search the topic here on the kosher board.

Apr 26, 2015
queenscook in Kosher