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Eating kosher in Bogota, Colombia

Does anyone have any experience in finding kosher food in Bogota, Colombia? A web search points me to a local branch of Carulla that has a kosher section and possibly even prepared foods but the information seems unreliable. All other options seem to be kosher caterers.

Sep 19, 2010
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Searching for the best Chinese cuisine in New Jersey

Well Lin will have to wait another week, I ended up in the Highland Park area and stopped there for my chicken with broccoli fix.

Mei Garden Cuisine (Highland Park, New Jersey)
Value - 5
Taste - 3
Ambiance - 2.5
Location - 5
Just off of Route 18 and close to I-95 and I-287, Mei Garden is right next to the kosher pizza shop which will be in my next series searching for the best kosher slice. With a public parking lot across the street, I had to give them the highest ratings for a location. Getting in around 12:30, the place was not packed and I sat down to order the lunch special for $6.50 and added the $1.25 extra for the won ton soup (which was supposed to come with a beef egg roll). Chicken with brocolli was not on the menu for the lunch special, but they gave it to me anyway. The won ton soup was very bland. I didn't like the texture of the soup spoon I was given and found that all the utensils were in need of being replaced so I put that under the ambiance rating. The bathroom area was in poor condition as are the carpets and ceilings. The tables are fine but the place is no where near Chan's Glatt in that department. What was a nice touch though was the water placed on the table (no need to ask for it), the duck sauce with Chinese noodles and that I didn't have to see into the kitchen. Finally for the main course. The food was overflowing from the dish. I like to mix the white rice with the chicken and broccoli so that it soaks up all the sauce. It was impossible to mix as it was overflowing from the dish. I probably could have asked for a plate, but I neglected to do so and ate my food carefully. The broccoli was good, very short and moist like I like them. The chicken was tender and the flavor was good and strong. The problem though was the amount of sauce and oil that killed it for me and there wasn't enough white rice to go along. This would not stop me from visiting here and I would return in the future (perhaps with my own utensils.
Overall - 3.875

I will try to be in the Manville area some time next week.

Jan 14, 2010
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Restaurants in South Africa

This is from the Oxford dictionary:

delicatessen
/delliktess’n/

• noun a shop selling cooked meats, cheeses, and unusual or foreign prepared foods.

— ORIGIN German or Dutch, from French délicatesse ‘delicacy’.

Being that this is Africa, those foods are certainly foreign enough, no?

Jan 13, 2010
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Costa Rica

I am familiar with the establishments in San José, Costa Rica. Where do you intend to be?

Jan 13, 2010
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Searching for the best Chinese cuisine in New Jersey

New addition as I finally stopped on US-9 after a day in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Kosher Chinese Express (South Manalapan, New Jersey)
Value - 5
Taste - 4
Ambiance - 2.5
Location - 3.5
While US-9 is a great location with accessibility, I had to take off points for the reason that if you are headed north on US-9 and need to continue north after you visit Kosher Chinese Express, you will have to do some u-turns. I walked into the restaurant at exactly 15:30 which is when the lunch special ends. That didn't prevent them from giving me the lunch special. The price is fantastic ($6.75) though the lunch special doesn't come with any other bonus items (no drink, wonton soup etc.) That didn't matter as the container was probably more than two times the size of the container from New Kosher Special. The ambience is the same as New Kosher Special and Jin in that it has tables if you want to eat there and like New Kosher Special, you can watch them make your food (though I don't like that and take off points for it). The chicken strips were of a mediocre quality. One lunch special came with big thick strips and the other came with smaller ones (I ordered two in case one would not have been enough.) There wasn't too much oil in the dish and it was easily soaked up by the white rice to give it a great flavor. For those who like carrots, I spotted a few inside but it was really negligible. My overall verdict is that this is probably the best value in Ocean County for chicken and broccoli but it was not the tastiest.
Overall - 3.75

Stay tuned as I will be in the Manville area on Thursday and hope to stop into Lin's Kosher Chinese.

Jan 11, 2010
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Restaurants in South Africa

Dee Jays Deli

While one might think of the typical Jewish delicatessen in New York, this deli is strictly dairy. The menu has a wide variety of dishes ranging from breakfast to paninni, fish, sushi (like every other kosher place in the world these days), pastas and pizzas. Inside there are a few tables (as well as products for take away) and outside there are tables, heaters (for winter) and a nice lounge area.

I have to say this as a reminder for all, service at South African eateries is tremendously slow. So don't be surprised if you wait forever for your order. There is no sense of urgency in Africa. We ordered a starter going with the nachos. The price of the nachos is R39 which is currently around $5.30 so it is priced well for the North American traveler. It was a great starter for two people to share, the nachos fill an entire plate. There was a lot of guacamole in the middle of the nachos and the sauce was delicious. The cheese was sprinkled on top allowing you to actually separate the nachos and not have them attached to each other.

My friend ordered the pesto penne pasta which is penne pasta in a pesto sauce & cream. It sounded good and costs R58 (about $7.90). Unfortunately, the waiter came back to tell us that there was no pesto sauce. So since I had ordered the pizza margarita and both of us filled up a bit on the nachos, we decided to split the pizza. They were good about not putting sliced tomato in the pizza and just made it with cheese and sauce. The pizza base was less than a quarter of an inch and the amount of sauce was well proportioned to the amount of cheese. It was a good pizza (for South Africa) and at R44 (about $5.95) it was a bargain since it was probably the equivalent to three slices of New York pizza.

For dessert we ordered the hot chocolate cake with ice cream and vanilla sauce. It was very good. For R29 (about $4.00) it was a slice of chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We both enjoyed it and found the cake to taste fresh with the ice cream tasting pretty good.

All in all, I found my favorite dairy joint in South Africa. I liked the selection and prices of Dee Jays a lot more than Moo-z Brothers.

Dec 31, 2009
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Restaurants in South Africa

Having frequented the eateries of Johannesburg, South Africa for quite some time now, I was hoping that we could start a new thread regarding eateries in South Africa before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June. I will post my reviews of Nando's, Shirley's, Moo-z Brothers etc. and share the information regarding kosher products at the numerous SPAR and Pick n' Pay locations. I was wondering though if anyone else had any opinions regarding Franjelica's which I didn't get a chance to try. Also, there is a really nice place called Faff that looks expensive. Has anyone eaten there?

Dec 30, 2009
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Searching for the best Chinese cuisine in New Jersey

That is very good for Oakhurst and the surrounding communities. Another customer (from the area) waiting for an order told me that many people go to either Lakewood or Manalapan for better prices and better taste.

Dec 10, 2009
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Searching for the best Chinese cuisine in New Jersey

Thanks for the tip, I will look for the parking lot next time.

Dec 10, 2009
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Searching for the best Chinese cuisine in New Jersey

Being that I am resident of North Jersey, I have many experiences with Chopstix. Even when you ask for separate white rice containers and explain to them that they are for individual orders for an office (people eat at their cubicles and don't share white rice) they still don't do it.

Dec 10, 2009
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Searching for the best Chinese cuisine in New Jersey

Good morning.

I travel every week around the garden state and have been keeping track of every place that I have visited. I have made it a point to always try a new kosher restaurant and support every community's local restaurants. I was encouraged by friends to share my findings on Chowhound. So I have kept notes of every visit. The criteria that I looked at were the following:

1. Value - Price paid versus portion size.
2. Taste - No explanation needed.
3. Location - Vicinity to other kosher shops, major roadways and parking.
4. Ambiance - Was it a nice place to sit down, enjoy a meal.
5. Overall - The overall score when averaging the other four numbers.

The only way that this ranking could be fair is if I ordered the same dish from each place every time that I went. The dish in this case was chicken with broccoli and white rice. Here are the results (in no specific order):

Chan's Glatt (Teaneck, New Jersey)
Value - 5
Taste - 2
Location - 4
Ambiance - 5
The restaurant is located on Cedar Lane making it accessible from Route 4 as well as Interstate 80 and 95. Being on Cedar Lane means that it is near other kosher restaurants and the is a parking lot down the block. The location is new and in good condition. I ordered the lunch special which came with what was the best won ton soup that I have ever had, but we are really reviewing the chicken with broccoli. Once I received the chicken with broccoli (which came before I finished my won ton soup) it was piping hot and I was satisfied with the portion size after having the soup. The broccoli though was too hard for liking and the chicken was not appetizing. It was such a let down after the fantastic soup. Fortunately for Chan's Glatt the other criteria boosted its overall score.
Overall - 4

Chang Mao Sakura (Oakhurst, New Jersey)
Value - 2
Taste - 3.5
Location - 4
Ambiance - 4
I think that this was the most expensive chicken with broccoli that I have ever eaten outside of New York. The prices were very high for the portion sizes. The taste was extremely reminiscent of Chopstix in Teaneck, New Jersey with the exception that Chang Mao Sakura puts baby corn in their chicken and broccoli dish. It was a pleasant surprise. There were plenty of tables and ample parking available which helped to boost its score after the oily dinner. The taste was fine, it just was too oily and I would have needed more white rice to soak up the rest of the oil.
Overall - 3.38

Chopstix (Teaneck, New Jersey)
Value - 3
Taste - 3
Location - 5
Essentially Chopstix is just a take out place with two locations. One in Teaneck and the other in West Orange, New Jersey. The location is extremely convenient with a large parking lot nearby at Glatt Express as well as other kosher eateries in the area. Additionally, it is a few hundred feet from Route 4 and a mile from Interstate 80 and 95. The food at Chopstix is extremely oily. Both the chicken and broccoli were good but it was too heavy on the sauce and oil. Even when combined with the white rice it was a bit too much. The value score went down when I noticed that Chopstix tries to save money by giving customers one large white rice instead of two separate containers of small white rice for two separate orders. It isn't fair because you run out of white rice faster. Points were also taken off for ambiance since all they have are a couple of stools but you might not be in the need for ambiance.
Overall - 3.25

Jin (Passaic, New Jersey)
Value - 5
Ambiance - 3
Taste - 2
Location - 3
Located between kosher bakeries and eateries, Jin actually left the worst taste in my mouth. I found that the food was terrible. The only way it made up for the terrible taste was the value factor as well as the ambiance and location. They actually have tables inside to sit down so I had to give it higher marks than Chopstix in Teaneck in that regard. The lunch special comes with a won ton soup and some Chinese noodles which are extremely oily. But the chicken and broccoli had a terrible sauce on it. I ended up dipping Chinese noodles in duck sauce for the rest of the meal. There wasn't a lot of white rice.
Overall - 3.25

New Kosher Special (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
Value - 3
Taste - 5
Ambiance - 3
Location - 5
Situated on Elmora Avenue close to the other kosher eateries and shops New Kosher Special is the best chicken with broccoli hands down. The sauce to oil to chicken ratio is perfect. So why did it lose out on the overall rating? Well, if you get a lunch special or even a regular dinner, the portions are tiny. I mean really small. The ambiance is the same as Jin in Passaic, New Jersey. Just a few tables to sit down with your food. If you are there in the winter, don't sit near the door because you will get a gust of cold wind hitting you in the face when someone walks in.
Overall - 4

Prime Wok (Lakewood, New Jersey)
Value - 5
Taste - 4
Ambiance - 4
Location - 3
This is a rather new establishment in Lakewood. It is a couple of blocks off of Madison Avenue and one block off of Clifton Avenue but it is not convenient for parking or walking from other kosher establishments. They offer a "bochurim" special which is essentially the lunch special just at any hour of the day. The lunch special was great in terms of portion size and bang for buck. The prices were terrific. The taste was very good and the sauce to oil to chicken ratio was proportional to the amount of white rice needed. The reason why I gave it a higher rank than Jin and New Kosher Special for ambiance is because the place is new and comfortable. This might be the best kosher chicken with broccoli in Ocean County though I haven't tried them all yet.
Overall - 4

Currently, the standings are as follows:
1. New Kosher Special (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
2. Prime Wok (Lakewood, New Jersey)
3. Chan's Glatt (Teaneck, New Jersey)
4. Chang Mao Sakura (Oakhurst, New Jersey)
5. Chopstix (Teaneck, New Jersey)
6. Jin (Passaic, New Jersey)

Soon to be added to the rankings:
Kosher Chinese Express (South Manalapan, New Jersey)
Lin's Kosher Chinese (Manville, New Jersey)

I could have also put Ta'am China in Brookline, Massachusetts but I wanted to keep this about my favorite state, New Jersey.

Dec 06, 2009
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Kosher Indian Comes To Teaneck

First off, please forgive me as I will not remember the names of all the dishes because this was the first time that I had eaten Indian. I ate here today for lunch. I found that it was well priced and tasted great. I ordered the beef samosas for an appetizer and found that the three samosas for $6 is a great value. They were filling and delicious. The lunch special of the Tandoori platter is enough for two people with small appetites. I couldn't finish everything. The chicken tikka and kebab were excellent as was the pita like bread. It came with rice, two other meats and some vegetables. I left full and satisfied and I couldn't stop thinking about the rich flavors that I had just had. My palette of Yemeni/Moroccan taste has now been expanded. I would have preferred the food to be spicier, but I could understand that they didn't want to overdo it for the local population. It still did not lack any flavor. Lehitraot Bombay!

Dec 17, 2008
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Where can I find this ice cream in Brooklyn?

Yes, thank you. The name escaped me. I just thought of another supermarket that sold a ton of Strauss Ice Cream products, it is called Carmel and it is on 108 Street in Queens I think in between 64th Rd and 65 Ave or something like that.

Dec 16, 2008
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Where can I find this ice cream in Brooklyn?

Supersol and Kosher Marketplace were never big purchasers of Strauss Ice Cream from Israel. The real place to find Strauss Ice Cream in the New York area based on sales by their distributor, Dairy Delight, are as follows:

1. Rockland Kosher Supermarket (Monsey)
2. Amalya (Queens)
3. A to Z Kosher Supermarket (Queens)
4. Landau's (Brooklyn)
5. The supermarket across Main Street in Queens from Brach's
6. NPGS (Lakewood)
7. Holyland Market (New York) [seasonal - they have small freezers and only stock Strauss Ice Cream in the summer]

Dec 16, 2008
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Jerusalem Restaurants

If you like fish, there is a restaurant called "Ahavat haYam" above the Paz petrol station across from Kraft Stadium. A place to stay away from in my opinion is Vaquiero. I had a horrible experience and many friends of mine have also had bad experiences there. If you like Indian food try Almora. Heard good things about it.

They opened about six months ago a Leonidas chocolate shop. The Belgian chocolates are definently a take home gift.

The Dublin Pub is a great place to head out if you won't be with the kids in the evening.

Apr 29, 2007
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Haifa Restaurants

Yotvata has a restaurant at the Bat Galim entrance to Haifa. What sets it apart from the other restaurants in the chain is that it has a cable car that goes up the Carmel to the Stela Maris Monestary. You'll notice in downtown Haifa a chain of bourekas stalls called Bourekas Bakhar u'Banav. They are a real local eatery and everyone in Haifa respects Bourekas Bakhar. In comparison to other bourekas places (most notably Bourekas Turki near my former base of Tel Nof) I thought that they were okay. There are also plenty of good places in the German Colony. It is going through a real revitalization and they have opened some slick eateries there.

Apr 29, 2007
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kosher in Iceland?

I traveled to Iceland in November of 2006 with a friend. We brought the La Briute meals and other snacks from Israel and the United States for our trip. Despite what the user Marvin Gruza says, not all hotels in Iceland use the manual locks. The Radisson SAS Saga hotel used the electric locks.

Bonus are the cheapest supermarkets. Among the things that we found that were kosher (obviously they were all American/British kashrut symbols) were Cheerios, Peppridge Farm cookies (they were cheaper than in the United States, some crazy sale), Wall's Ice Cream (not Halav Yisrael) and many condiments and snacks (even a Turkish candy bar with a Badatz logo).

So your only real option is to buy food at home and bring it with you. One thing not to try, the beer, it is vapid. Egil's namely was the grossest beer I ever had. The Thule export beer (which can be purchased in the airport duty free) wasn't that bad. The ones for domestic consumption are awful.

Apr 27, 2007
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Where is the Coca Cola?

If anyone still wants kosher for Passover Coca Cola (if you like that particular taste) I saw that they had plenty at Amalya Grocery on Main Street in Flushing, NY.

Apr 11, 2007
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Tomer Gourmet Macaroons are the best! But why the mystery????

Tomer Gourmet is in fact the baking division of the Jerusalem Market in Cedarhurst. During Passover, the goods are given kosher certification from Rabbi Dr. H Elbaz because the baker (Moti) uses "kitniyot" (legumes) during Passover. Carmel has probably the best price for these cookies because the owner is a bit of a difficult guy with the distributors and demands special prices. But if you're in Cedarhurst, Jerusalem has plenty of other dishes (especially on Fridays) that are delicious. I think that their bourekas are the best in America as well as their chocolate croissants. Everything is comparable to quality baked goods in Israel.

Apr 11, 2007
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Cafe Roma

I ate at their previous location. I really liked the broccoli pizza. The garlic knots weren't that great, but the pizza was good. They did also have a wide variety of twists and calzones.

Apr 11, 2007
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Israeli restaurant in Teaneck

Jerusalem of Gold. According to the restaurant, it is under RCBC supervision. There was a "mashgiah" there on the Sunday before the Passover holiday.

Apr 11, 2007
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