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Is Lindt Kosher?

This is an old post, but the situation has changed and some Lindt products in the USA are kosher.
http://www.lindtusa.com/shop/kosher-c...
Although it seems to be pretty much confined to truffles, rather than the chocolate bars

Aug 07, 2014
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Kosher cheese curds?

try pomegranate, they buy fresh curds to make their own mozzarella

Aug 05, 2014
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bagels?

Fairway bagels are the real thing, pretty authentic (I think). And a bagel maven I know says that the Williamsburg bagels at the corner of Division and the rutledge is genuine. Others are keen on Bagel Hole on Coney Island Avenue, but I think that is a different taste and thinner bagels

Jul 15, 2014
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kosher restaurants from ny to maine

Bridgeport has a kosher place in the JCC, New Haven has something, then Boston, not aware of anything else, other than kosher B & B in Rhode Island near the Touro synagogue in Newport

Jul 15, 2014
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Kosher chef in food network conteast

Actually, she carefully removed the cheese layer from the frozen burgers before cooking, and she explained that to the audience. That was one of the things which impressed me, not only kosher but also able to communicate kashrut, and she scored very well! The judges thought very highly of her food. Has anyone tasted her catering?

Jun 19, 2014
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Kosher chef in food network conteast

Tonight on Guy's Grocery Contest on Food network, one of the contestants was a kosher chef. She did rather well in the contest, dressed in "tichel" and was rather careful to do things the right way. I was impressed and so were the judges.
http://gskingdom.blogspot.com/2014/06...

She has a website at cheftanya.com and has a kosher catering business in the San Francisco bay area...... Amazing!

Jun 16, 2014
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Fairway Market - Woodland Park

I emailed Rabbi Marmorstein and he said the bagels and baguettes are still kosher and under supervision.

Jun 15, 2014
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fumio in livingston, nj without a heksher

According to Shulchan Aruch one does not need a mashgiach present if the owner is on premises and is personally observant of halacha. Local vaadim often accept this since they will know the owner personally. The major organisations usually want a mashgiach temidi in a restaurant because they need uniformity of standards and feel that requires a mashgiach in every place. The OU applies this even to dairy places with Shomer Shabbos owners, the other major providers only to meat.

Jun 12, 2014
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Kosher Food in Albany/Lake George

Also Mount Pleasant bakery in Schenectady, and in term the cafeteria at SUNY

Jun 11, 2014
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Kosher Food in Albany/Lake George

Terra in Albany was ready to open a few months ago when they had a fire, now they are waiting for the landlord to finish rebuilding and still hope to open in July. They will be gourmet, organic and dairy/pareve

Jun 11, 2014
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Jewish Cuisine

All these things would be available in kosher if consumers just told kosher stores that we want more artisanal stuff, rather than just fancy-looking. Every kosher bakery would use quality ingredients if they were appreciated, but lots of comments here show a preoccupation with price and appearance. Do you think a non-kosher gourmet board would have showninterest in string cheese and other mass-market items?

May 28, 2014
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Large Jewish communities WITHOUT a kosher restaurant

Years ago I remember that in Europe there were many small communities where there was a small kosher restaurant operated with sponsorship by the local orthodox synagogue/community. In Basel, Switzerland, there was a restaurant operated by a family who also worked for the shul, in a house adjoining the shul. In London, there was a weekday restaurant called something like XYZ Luncheon Club in a shul hall because the neighborhood still had lots of Jewish businesses. Would that work here? It seems to me that in the USA there is no such outlook.... business and community service do not seem to mix as well, although really people want to have local kosher outlets.

May 23, 2014
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Kosher Food Resource for Europe

I looked at the list, and am tempted to go on vacation to Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia. Every chocolate and cookie from all the major brands is kosher in Croatia! Wow, who knew?

Jan 24, 2014
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pareve baking chocolate

I saw a new item on the kosher shelves, a baking chocolate from Shufra touted as 64%. That is a much higher percentage than the typical heimishe grocery brands, although not as high as the top schaffenburger. And this is pareve too, has anyone used it. I think that for taste, it is not only the amount of real cocoa and chocolate nut also what type of fat is used, and how much the cocoa butter is adulterated with oils.

Jan 21, 2014
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Teaneck General Store

I drove down Cedar Lane in Teaneck NJ and saw a quaint looking business named Teaneck General Store, it seems to be a retro type village store but has some kind of cafe in it which is kosher under RCBC supervision. Has anyone been there, is the coffee good, strong and fresh? Are the soups and baked goods tasty, or brought in from elsewhere?

Jan 21, 2014
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Artisanal kosher cheese comes and goes

A few months ago I saw a new brand of kosher cholov Yisrael cheese (Cultured Cow) in Evergreen in Monsey. It was made in South Carolina, supervision of Rabbi Estrin. I read up about it, and contacted the company about where else it is on sale, and they answered they have discontinued working with Rabbi Estrin and they are no longer kosher. Rabbi Estrin has in the meantime learned cheese making and is looking for another location...

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x202906...

Jan 09, 2014
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Fairway Kosher Bakery

I heard that their kosher buyer told the management that the orthodox Jews don't buy dairy baked goods and only want the parev stuff. But it could also be the Kaf-K want to push their clients who make packaged kosher dairy cakes and pastries..... they have taken on lots of the local suppliers, Treat Shop, Grimaldi, Chris' Cookies, a couple of cheese cake places..... But even if Fairway now went public they would probably still be responsive to consumer input

Jan 06, 2014
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New non-dairy hot cocoa

Have you tried the new cuppa-Joe non-dairy hot chocolate? I tasted it at kosherfest, but it seems that it is only now hitting the shelves. Seems a much better product than things made with non-dairy creamers.... has anyone tried it? I expect to see it in some meat restaurants

Jan 06, 2014
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Kosher Indian Spices

Actually one of the best sources of spices is Vann's Spices 6105 Oakleaf Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215 Phone:(800)583-1693 Website: www.vannsspices.com Makers of non-irradiated and chemical-free spices. All (or almost all under hashgacha of OU)

Dec 24, 2013
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kosher restaurant - green chicpea in newark, nj

When Marty and his wife Ronit ran the House of Pita on West 48th Street, they made everything fresh each morning and their falafel and chumus was the best. I assume they still care about quality, and Ronit has probably not forgotten how to cook.... so odds are it should be good.

Dec 12, 2013
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Kosher Sushi in supermarkets

This is a good question. What are you really looking for? Sushi that is pre-packaged off-site? or made on the spot fresh sushi. Most of those listed in these replies are pre-packaged which is inherently not a very pure unpreserved sushi. Interestingly enough, those commenting here did not like fairway kosher sushi, and it did not sell well. I know the guy who did that hasgocho for the Kof-k, and he used to go every day to the place which makes sushi for the non-kosher counter and do a special run with special utensils... same quality and freshness as the regular stuff, but yet the kosher people did not think it was good enough while the non-kosher purchasers seem perfectly happy.

Nov 17, 2013
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Why don't Jews eat cheese?

I just saw some artisanal kosher cheeses from N. Carolina and read this about them
http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x202906...

Oct 14, 2013
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Op-ed on stem cell meat and Jewish Law from Haaretz

There have been various opinions arguing that halacha has no problem with stem cell meat and would consider it kosher and non-meat. But I think eventually rabbis will probe the issue further, and will decide that the old standard principles should not apply to a new technique like cell growth. We are still waiting for such responses.... Synthetic foods such as soy cheese have not revolutionized kosher observance as much as one might have expected, but tofutti and soy delicious seem here to stay. Meatless franks seem to have a place in the supermarket so somebody must be buying them, but I don't think it is the kosher pizza shops looking to make substitute pepperoni

Aug 24, 2013
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Albany Price Chopper

I was there just over a year ago. It is the only kosher place for miles around and is the exclusive local source for kosher meat and chicken, raw and cooked. They can make full meals to order, and if you order a kosher lunch or supper at an Albany government office or hospital it comes from them. I found it limited, but quite good quality. The only other kosher place around is an old-world bakery in Schenectady.

Aug 11, 2013
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Boutique chocolates NYC

I drove by cacao prieto in Red Hook Brooklyn. Wow! What an amazing looking place.... look at the pictures on their website, cacaoprieto.com. The chocolates are made on the premises, and are OU pareve. I am making it a special family trip. They have some kind of partnership with an artisanal bourbon factory too.

Aug 03, 2013
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Pardes (and other) 9-days menus

Amsterdam Burger had lines out of the door for his seared tuna and salmon and other 9-days dishes. I know that Talia's Steak House had a sign outside saying Talia's Fish House but I did not see what pescatorian delights they were offering.

Jul 10, 2013
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Best place to make sheva brachot in Manhattan

Best price Roma Pizza, Best food Mike's Bistro using the upstairs party room, best value Mr Broadway's party room, included music Talia's

Jun 04, 2013
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Warming tray/hot plate for Shabbat

There are different types of hotplates. There are some sold specifically for Shabbos which have a thin container of water which is heated this is sold as a kedaira blech (a long discussion at http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffee... goes through all that stuff about which rabbi said what), these are only sold in Jewish stores.
Then there are regular hotplates. There is no problem using a timer to turn the hotplate off, only some question turning it on.
If you don't want food to dry out on the hotplate add water under the pan or add water to the food. I think the halacha questions don't belong here, and the hotplate usage is very subjective... if in doubt buy the cheapest and build up our newest landscapes... landfills

May 22, 2013
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Suggestions for dairy brunch in N.Y.

I would suggest asking Noah's Ark to do a parev brunch, as far as I know it is the only kosher place on the lower east Side apart from a small pizza shop. But it would not be far to go to Tiberias on 34th Street, some of their dishes are good, some not so exciting.

Apr 23, 2013
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Kosher BBQ Competition Long Island June 9 2013

last year was very serious competition, I was surprised to see how many groups were into slow bbqing, but they were there all night..... Do something unusual like curried flavor or tofu sour creamed, or something... unique makes you stand out in competitions

Apr 18, 2013
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