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Yasher koach Craig!

Wow! this is amazing news. Now I'll have to get some friends who go to the states to bring a bottle back for me in Israel. Hope you can do the Late Harvest Gewurtzraminer again.

Oct 05, 2013
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kosher skittles in israel

Yes I just picked some up today. It is the supervised by Rav Yisrael Yaakov Lichtenstein KF from London but they are made in the Czech Republic. Also approved by the chief rabbinate of Israel. It appears to be made specifxally for the Israeli market as the packaging has Hebrew on it (and not just an importers sticker).

May 13, 2013
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kosher skittles in israel

Mars removed the gelatin from skittles over 2 years ago even for their US product. They even add a "Gelatin Free" disclaimer on the packages. There is no longer any intrinsically non-kosher ingredient in skittles produced in the US.

However, looking at the LBD kosher website (www.kosher.org.uk) it actually says that skittles from the UK are considered "Not Kosher"

Brand Product Kosher
Mars (Confectionery) Skittles Crazy Cores Not Kosher
Mars (Confectionery) Skittles Crazy Sours Not Kosher
Mars (Confectionery) Skittles Fruits Not Kosher

If this product had certification from KF, I highly doubt that the LBD would actually consider it Not Kosher.

May 08, 2013
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Seder menu ideas for a 1920's themed dinner

Lots of Schmaltz!

Mar 04, 2013
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Wolf and Lamb-Manhattan, any recent reviews?

Havent eaten there in ages - I used to work right across from Wolf and Lamb in the late 90's - so I had at the time tried just about everything on their menu. The one item I remember well was their marinated chicken - that was the item I always came back for.

Their deli sandwiches were a bit underwhelming - you would get a much more stuffed deli sandwich and Mendy's than and Wolf and Lamb.

Nov 26, 2012
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Rosh HaShanah Simanim Ideas

Scallion pancakes for the leeks.
For the head we use beef tongue. Some years I made this recipe of "Tongue in Cheek"
http://carolcookskeller.blogspot.com/...
although the recipe listed on the website is overly complicated, it's easy to simplify it.

If there are any singles at the meal, serve plenty of dates.
Quince - (Chavush in hebrew) to free the MIA soldiers.

Aug 29, 2012
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Museum cafeterias

Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park has an excellent kosher cafeteria which a great view of the statue of liberty.

May 28, 2012
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Would you eat baconaise? (It is OU certified)

I would try it if I actually liked mayonnaise, which I don't. I bought a few bags of the bacon-flavored popcorn last year, but the kids and wife didn't like it all that much, and i didn't think it was all that great myself. I had a thought of doing a kosher "bacon" themed Mishloach Manot for Purim one year.

May 28, 2012
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Diet Coke - Desperately Seeking Kosher for Passover in LA!

Actually the toronto situation is due to a stringency of the COR rabbinate in Canada. The Diet Coke sweetener certified in the USA is exactly the same Kitniyot based sweetener. The OU's position is that this Kitniyot is chemically altered enough that it is fine for Ashkenazim on Pesach.

Apr 16, 2012
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Kosher Food in Boston - delivery to a non-kosher restaurant

Milk street cafe will do it as well

Apr 05, 2012
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Best New York shopping for Kosher l'Pesach kitniyot

Amalya on Main Street in Kew Gardens Hills, right next door to Naomi's Pizza. I've bought a lot of kitniyot stuff from them in previous years, including Chumus, Corn noodles, rice, and other stuff.

Mar 29, 2012
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Shmurah Matzo Recommendations -- It's that time of the year...

Off topic - but for those in Israel I highly recommend the Rav Machfoud hard shmura matzas. He also makes the soft shmura as well which I will try this year to compare to the American soft matza we had in previous years. The really good soft matza is baked in homes mostly by the teimanim.

Mar 22, 2012
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Kosher restaurants in Buenos Aires

Check on Avenue Puerredon the jewish area is around there and many kosher restaurants on that avenue. Also you should check shamash.org kosher restaurant database.

Mar 11, 2012
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Kosher sandwiches at NYC airports

JFK Airport has several food stores that have pre-packaged Kosher sandwiches and salads. I've seen it at the terminal for El Al and the Delta terminal. It's been a big help when I'm flying out as I know I can head straight from the city to the airport and get a sandwich in the terminal before I board my flight.

Feb 27, 2012
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No Dannon for Pesach???????

I'm surprised, I used to buy several trays of the Dannon KFP yogurts, and I used to see them sell out pretty fast. They were especially good for Erev Pesach when you can't eat anything else. What does Dannon mean that they were not selling enough of them? Were their sales lower for the Pesach run? Were they the same as usual, therefore not enough of a sales increase to justify the cost of the special Passover run?

Feb 27, 2012
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Lindt Chocolates

Until 10 years ago all hechsherim accepted that as the way to make a dairy chocolate line into pareve. So the European hechsherim are just continuing the old standard that everyone had until the American hechsherim decided that that was not good enough. This happened around the same time that Stella Doros almost went dairy, and Hershey's special dark became dairy. Most large chocolate manufacturers were not willing to risk ruining their equipment by running boiling water through it.

Dec 18, 2011
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What Brand of Rosewater do You Use?

I had bought once rosewater that was product of Iran and it actually had a hechsher on it. I think it was the K with the map of the USA. Not sure exactly how the mashgiach supervises that one.
Other times I've used sadaf with a hechsher, but I found the best one was usually the Cortas rosewater from Lebanon. Check with the chof-k to see which rosewaters are acceptable as they certify the Persian restaurant Colbeh in Manhattan, and they definitely use rosewater in their dishes.

Dec 18, 2011
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Sheep's head for Rosh Hashana

In previous years I've made "Tongue in Cheek" for my head siman. See the recipe here:

http://carolcookskeller.blogspot.com/...

Sep 14, 2011
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hermolis

I had their business class food many years back flying from Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific. When I called to order my kosher meal, the agent asked me "Would you like the lamb or the duck?". It was actually very good.

Jun 28, 2011
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Are you making a dairy meal for shavuos?

If he has meat at night, he won't be able to eat all the cheesecakes that they have in Shul.

Jun 03, 2011
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Kosher in a non-kosher cruise or hotel - is it even possible?

If you are visiting Israel, combine your vacation to Israel with a Mediterranean cruise. There are very reasonably priced Sun-Thurs cruises, that are completely kosher for the entire ship. They stop at Crete and other Greek islands, and used to stop in Turkey also.

May 27, 2011
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kavod or Le Chateaubriand in Paris

I was at Le Kavod in December and was very unimpressed with service and food.

May 17, 2011
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Kosher Marshmellows- "Regular" National Brands- The Final Kosher Frontier??

That's because Elyon is the only one that uses beef-based gelatin. The other brands use either Fish gelatin or Agar-Agar seaweed.

May 09, 2011
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kosher certified murray's chickens at fairway-whole chicken $1.79/lb!

Looks like competition is working here - Paramus Wholefoods advertised a sale this week of Kosher Valley OU chicken for $1.79lb.

May 04, 2011
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Kashering my oven grates (Chow..plz don't move this thread)

BTW, according the manual of my electric oven, it says that leaving the grates in the oven for the self-clean cycle will cause the finish on the grates to be burned off, so the grates will no longer pull in and out smoothly from the oven. Not the worst thing in the world to happen to the grates, but there is that downside to kashering them in the oven's self-clean mode.

Apr 14, 2011
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kosher tomato paste in a tube--does it exist?

Just curious - what is your reason to reduce canned good purchases? If the goal is saving money, you won't be saving money by buying imported tubes of tomato paste at Fairway. If the goal is the environment, cans are pretty easy to be recycled.

Apr 07, 2011
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Pesachdik Liquor

There's also the Tio Pepe Sherry, that is definitely different than the average wine.

Apr 06, 2011
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Pesachdik Liquor

209 Gin was good.

Apr 05, 2011
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Quinoa May Require Special Kosher for Passover Certification

The Sugat Quinoa actually says on the package that the Quinoa is from Bolivia, but it is packed in Israel. Maybe they should rename it to Frequent Flyer Quinoa.

Apr 04, 2011
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Kosher for Pesach bakery in or near NJ Metrowest area?

There a kosher bakery in West Orange, right next to Chopstix - the West Orange Bake Shop on Pleasant Valley Way, they may be doing Passover cakes.

Apr 04, 2011
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