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kosher sugar babies and charleston chews

My brother claims he saw Sugar Babies with the OU at Walgreens in Florida - so they're probably just starting to hit the shelves!

May 06, 2012
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Dougie's to Great Neck?

I believe that rumor is apparently true. Just heard this evening....apparently they are moving into the space previously occupied by Cafe 2012! Very exciting! :)

Jun 21, 2011
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Kosher near Hunter Mountain

My son is going to camp up in Greenville in the Hunter Mountain region. Anyone know of any kosher restaurants anywhere near the area: I'm thinking there MUST be something in either Tannersville, Spring Glen, Fleischmanns or somewhere nearby?! Any help appreciated!

Jul 07, 2008
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Favorite Meat & Dairy Restaurants in Teaneck

I need to take some non-Jewish friends out in Teaneck and am just as concerned with the ambience as I am with good food. They like Mediterranean/Middle Eastern stuff, so please offer me the best choices?

Thanks for any input.....

Nov 20, 2007
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Teaneck Kosher

Meeting up with some friends who are not Jewish, would like some recommendations on high-end (preferably meat, but anything is good) Kosher places in / near Teaneck. All help appreciated!

Nov 17, 2007
EricRosen in Kosher

Catskills Recommendations?

Just to to Woodbourne, about 9 miles from Swan Lake.....there are about 4 or 5 fleishig restaurants (Dougies, Burger Nosh, etc.) plus a couple of Dairy ones as well. Also have a few establishments in Loch Sheldrake, which is even closer.

Jul 17, 2007
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Can I get a Great Neck primer?

As a resident, I'll give my two cents worth:

Chinese: Cho-Sen Village is head and shoulders above Wok Tov or Shanghai Grill, which are both reasonably ok.

Persian: I don't like this type of food but most folks say Colbeh is the standout, then you have Chatanooga & Danny's as second tier.

Meat: Bistro Grill is excellent and they have a deli nextdoor which is superb as well. Shish Kabob Palace has good food but is pricey IMHO, and then you have Empire K-Roasters which is decent. Supposedly Grill Point from Queens is moving in soon as well.

Dairy: Natali's has awesome food, never been disappointed there.

Pizza: My fave is Elite, some folks like La Pizzeria, also have King's and GN Pizza

Bagels: Bagel Mentch is the established place, and the newcomer GN Bagel Cafe seems to have some interesting stuff, bagels are quite good, more expensive than the Mentch.

Desserts: Haagen Dazs, Cold Stone, Carvel & Tasti-d-Lite, La Gelato

Butcher: Great Neck Glatt

Bakery: Strauss is reasonably good. Bread Basket place is opening soon evidently....

Others: Kandy King has good stuff for baskets, Shabbos gifts.

Everfresh is the local kosher grocery, not under Vaad but 99.9% is reliable stuff. Has Sushi shop in there too, which IS under OK. Also, a few other small grocery stores, A-Z, not sure of others' names, with plenty of kosher food available.

Finally, a few close-by choices: Mazur's Restaurant and Grocery in Little Neck and Dairy Queen is a nice little breakfast / lunch diner in New Hyde Park, plus the Colbeh in Roslyn is very quaint!

Hope that helps......

May 21, 2007
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Grill Point to Cedarhurst

Interesting, I heard Grill Point is coming to Great Neck very shortly as well?! A welcome addition IMHO :)

May 16, 2007
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Best Kosher Restaurant in Great Neck

They'd BETTER be to rationalize charging those exorbitant prices. For the $1.75 I paid this am for a bagel and cream cheese at the new place, I'd have walked out with $.36 in change at the more "Mentch-lach" priced original establishment. Without having any real strong opinion as to which is better, I doubt I'll plan on paying up. But hey, it looks like a nice place and they had some interesting stuff in there, so who knows?! Best o' luck to both of them :)

Apr 23, 2007
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Best Kosher Restaurant in Great Neck

Don't even get me started...........

Apr 19, 2007
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Best Kosher Restaurant in Great Neck

Knowing what you wrote about Kafe Kriza to be incorrect, I just called them to cofirm that they are NOT under the Vaad of Queens, but rather someone named Rabbi Ben Chaim from Queens, NY. I am not familiar with him and do NOT know of his reliability, but I distinctly remember announcements about them having lost Vaad of Queens coverage, at LEAST a year ago.

Apr 17, 2007
EricRosen in Kosher

Best Kosher Restaurant in Great Neck

FYI, I'm pretty certain Kafe Kriza hasn't been certified kosher (at least not by the Vaad of Queens) for well over a year now. You should check to confirm before eating there.....
Also, there is a new Bagel place opening this week in the Waldbaum's shopping center, as well as a new Chinese place (believe it or not) right next door to Bagel Mentch, which is also evidently opening this week. You also forgot Chattanooga, the Persian restaurant, as well as Natali's Dairy (excellent!), Tasti-DLite ice cream, Strauss Bake Shop, and of course Kandi King :)

Great Neck is NOT lacking in kosher culinary choices, that's for sure!

Apr 16, 2007
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Toaster Strudel

For all you folks trying to find POP-TART replacements and not happy with Nature's Path or even Kellogg's G0-TARTS, the old Pilsbury Toaster Strudels are back under the O/U again after losing their hashgacha years ago. They are in the freezer section and have to be toasted....and I happen to think they're not all that bad. Flavors are:
Apple
Blueberry
Cinnamon Roll with Cinnabon™ Cinnamon
Cherry
Chocolate Fudge with Hershey’s® Chocolate
Cream Cheese
Cream Cheese & Raspberry
Cream Cheese & Strawberry
Raspberry
Strawberry
Wildberry

ENJOY :)

Mar 09, 2007
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Favorite Kosher Root Beer

Diet Barq's is practically the only one I like.

Feb 28, 2007
EricRosen in Kosher

Cholent

If you put enough water in the pot before lining it, it should never melt (at least it never happened to me!)

Nov 08, 2006
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Cholent

Sounds like WAY too much work....I stick with simple, with a few Southern flavors for ethnic enhancement, and it always gets rave reviews:

potatoes, onions, barley, rolled oats, cream of wheat, 3 beans (kidney, baby lima, pinto), flanken meat, ketchup, bit o' honey, optional onion soup mix ( I prefer NOT), and only one spice needed: Lawry's Seasoning Salt...magic stuff! I use the bag inserts too, much neater! Here's my halachic insertion: careful about preparing on Friday afternoons, as it would have to be edible before Shabbos starts in order to avoid major issues....which means mine has been cooking since early Friday morning. One other tip: if you lay a kishke still wrapped in its inner (remove the outer) plastic on top of the cholent under the lid, it expands to twice its size and is quiet succulent by eatin' time.

Enjoy :)

Nov 07, 2006
EricRosen in Home Cooking

Sapienza's Bakery

Anyone ever been to Sapienza's Bakery in Elmont, NY? Under the Kof-K despite open on Shabbos, all dairy....ordered a cake for my twins' birthday party and wondered if anyone had any experience with what's good...might wanna pick up a few goodies :)

Nov 02, 2006
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Kozy Shack Gel Treats - anyone know if this can be bought?

Just bought some last night at Pathmark (New Hyde Park)...and while they are on sale for $3.00 for a 6-pack, it's mighty hard to rationalize versus the $1.00 for the Hunts 4-pack. Perhaps a bit more healthy?! Anyway, my kids did like the Sour Apple flavor, still didn't try the Cool Berry Burst or Fruit Punch Fusion :)

Nov 02, 2006
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Duncan Hines pareve again!

Pinnacle Foods confirmed that its Duncan Hines cake mixes are again being re-formulated to be non-dairy and O/U Pareve. Lactose intolerant and kosher consumers are rejoicing throughout the land.

Oct 26, 2006
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kosher poptarts

The Toaster Pastries from Nature's Path are still around, plus now Kellogg's has introduced "Go-Tarts" which have a hashgacha on them (KD...all Kellogg's stuff is under the Vaad of Massachusetts / Rabbinical Council of New England). They're like a Pop Tart bar, not bad :)

Sep 25, 2006
EricRosen in Kosher

O/U - D vs. DE (Or: Haagen Dazs sorbet for Shabbos dessert, anyone??)

19th Day of Chodesh Elul 5766

September 12th, 2006

Parshat Nitzavim

Send comments/questions to: kosherq@ou.org

KC-4465 Haagen Dazs-David’s Sunflower Seeds-Entenmann’s

Dear Mr. Rosen,

Thank you for checking with the OU regarding your Kashruth question.

The following, and only the following, varieties of Haagen-Dazs sorbet maybe considered DE when the OU-D symbol appears on the package:

Chocolate sorbet

Chocolate sorbet bar

Lemon sorbet

Mango fruit sorbet

Orange sorbet

Orchard Peach sorbet

Raspberry fruit sorbet

Raspberry sorbet

Strawberry fruit sorbet

Strawberry sorbet

Zesty lemon sorbet

Entenmann’s products all contain actual dairy.

David’s unflavored sunflower seeds are made on dairy equipment. However, the BBQ flavored ones contain actual dairy.

While it shares many qualities and laws with Pareve products, a dairy-free product that was heated on equipment also used for dairy may not be eaten together with a meat product. It may be eaten immediately after a meat product, but not together.

You will not find the DE designation on a product certified by the OU. The OU designates dairy-free products made on dairy equipment with the ‘OU-D’ symbol and not ‘DE’ (Dairy Equipment). This due to the fact that the OU has seen that in industrial applications, very rarely is a proper cleanup performed after a dairy run before the Pareve run. As a result there is a problem of dairy residue entering the so-called Pareve product.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us again should you have any further questions.

With our best wishes for a K’sivah V’Chasimah Tovah, we remain,

Sincerely,

The Web (be) Rebbe

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Sep 13, 2006
EricRosen in Kosher

O/U - D vs. DE (Or: Haagen Dazs sorbet for Shabbos dessert, anyone??)

As a follow-up, as per email from the O/U:

The following, and only the following, varieties of Haagen-Dazs sorbet may be considered DE when the OU-D symbol appears on the package:

Chocolate sorbet; Chocolate sorbet bar; Lemon sorbet;
Mango fruit sorbet; Orange sorbet; Orchard Peach sorbet; Raspberry fruit sorbet; Raspberry sorbet; Strawberry fruit sorbet; Strawberry sorbet; Zesty lemon sorbet

Entenmann’s products all contain actual dairy.

David’s unflavored sunflower seeds are made on dairy equipment. However, the BBQ flavored ones contain actual dairy.

Thought you might like to know :) (If you want the email, just ask!)

Sep 12, 2006
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One fewer kosher restaurant in Great Neck

The Great Neck Grill is no longer....may it rest in peace.

Sep 07, 2006
EricRosen in Kosher

Campbell's Soup

In case you haven't heard, as of August 30, 2006 Campbell’s Vegetarian Vegetable Soup is no longer certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union. Product bearing the OU symbol was manufactured prior to the termination of the kosher certification and is kosher.

New supervision has been picked up by the "Half-Moon-K", Kosher Overseers of America, the reliability of which seemingly has improved as of late (see link).

http://www.kosherblog.net/2004/01/23/...

Sep 06, 2006
EricRosen in Kosher

Dougies glorified junk food?

Went to Dougie's up in Woodbourne in the Catskills on Camp Visiting Day recently, and I must say the food was awesome. Burgers and dogs were great, healthy portions of quality fries, and of course the fire poppers were amazing. I rarely go to the ones closer by in the NYC area, but just wanted to share a positive Dougie's experience to combat all the harsh critiques listed so far!

Aug 08, 2006
EricRosen in Kosher

Great Neck Kosher Restaurants

The newest place, Great Neck Grill, has great food, great service, and pretty nice atmosphere. Cho-sen may not be flexible, but they are delicious nonetheless. K-Roasters (Empire) is great for a cheap, quick meal...esp. the lunch specials. Sorry, Jeter, but I much prefer Elite Pizzeria over La Pizzeria, but hey, to each his own! And yes, Shish kabob is very good, fresh and tasty, though agreed, a bit pricey. I think Great Neck Grill is slightly cheaper and just as good. Not a big fan of Persian cuisine, but Colbeh has a great reputation. If you want pricey, go to Bistro Grill, great food and excellent desserts. Anyway, certainly a nice variety to choose from!

Aug 04, 2006
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Recommendations for a kosher place in the Tri-State area to relax

My son is at the Sportstar Academy Kosher Sports Camp which is held at the Swan Lake Resort (formerly the Stevensville). It is by NO means a Hilton, but they have glatt kosher meals available, decent rooms, and a lot of sports facilities which are actually in pretty darn good shape. It's also right on Swan Lake so there is plenty of scenic walking and it might be a decent place to relax for a little while. Only about 10 miles from Woodbourne and even closer to Loch Sheldrake, so there are PLENTY of kosher restaurants in the area. And they have daily minyans, even a Kollel during the summer months.

Jul 11, 2006
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shabbos in catskills in july

My son is at the Sportstar Academy Kosher Sports Camp which is held at the Swan Lake Resort (formerly the Stevensville). It is by NO means a Hilton, but they have glatt kosher meals available, decent rooms, and a lot of sports facilities which are actually in pretty darn good shape. It's also right on Swan Lake so there is plenty of scenic walking and it might be a decent place to relax for a little while. Only about 10 miles from Woodbourne and even closer to Loch Sheldrake, so there are PLENTY of kosher restaurants in the area.

Jul 11, 2006
EricRosen in Kosher