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cheeses not available in USA

I would definitely buy these cheeses; even if I had to order online, as long as shipping was not exorbitant. I don't think kosher consumers in the US could sustain this kind of selection, but having a singe representative of each type, such as one roquefort, one stilton, one gruyere, etc could work well. If someone imported, perhaps these cheeses could also be marketed to kosher restaurants to benefit from scale. And how nice it would be to have some seriously good cheese at a kosher dairy restaurant!!

Dec 03, 2013
Hirscheys in Kosher

Why don't Jews eat cheese?

I don't have a good answer to your question, but I have noticed that Pomegranate has sustained their excellent selection of cheeses. A few of the artisanal cheeses that I liked (very stinky, yummy, moldy cheese) did not seem to be sufficiently popular and disappeared. But overall they seem to be selling good quality fine cheese. So hopefully this is a sign that consumers are taking note; perhaps the demand will spill over to other kosher markets.

Dec 02, 2013
Hirscheys in Kosher

Beyond Meat - Now Kosher but...

I've used it, and sometimes it was great, and sometimes not so much. It all depends on the preparation. I've put in salads with strong dressing, in quesadillas, on pasta with a sun-dried tomato sauce, and in a crock-pot black bean and quinoa stew. All those worked well, because the chicken was only one part of the recipe and absorbed other dominant flavors. I also tried it in a more simple olive-oil and herb pasta recipe, and it was not good at all. Also, not sure if you cut the pieces. I shred them, so they are thin flaked pieces instead of chunks. It makes a big difference.

Dec 02, 2013
Hirscheys in Kosher

Kite Hill Cheese

I don't know if they will be certified, but all the ingredients are kosher. It is available in whole foods on the east coast now. I tried two - one that is supposed to be soft and spreadable, and one that is supposed to be similar to brie. I would say neither would actually fool you into thinking it is the real thing. However, they both tasted good on a cracker and with some dried fruit, which is a significant step up from other vegan cheeses.

Dec 02, 2013
Hirscheys in Kosher

chinese?

Haven't had great kosher chinese in manhattan in awhile. If you really want great kosher chinese, best bet is head to queens, where there are a few good options, or elizabeth, where new kosher special makes surprisingly good chinese food. On the island, the vegetarian options are better, like Wild Ginger.

Dec 25, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Kosher, and Organic, and Free Range, and......... ??

I have ordered from both sites. I've ordered chicken, beef, turkey from both; lamb from Kol and suasauges from G&B. The products are generally better tasting than anything from the supermarket - I've had guests ask me about where I bought the meat/chicken, etc, because it tasts so much better than what they buy. The prices are higher and not sure I would spend the extra just for the taste, but the humane element is really a big deal. And yes, these animals are treated differently. They may not have the idyllic life we'd like to imagine, but a few pictures of cows on a feedlot or chickens in a mass chicken henhouse make a very compelling case for buying from these sits. Right now, I primarily buy from Grow and Behold. They are very responsive, offer very cost-effective delivery options, and I am really impressed with their standards on animal treatment.

Sep 10, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Latest missive from Chowhound team

I'm grateful that they will not change their policy. I want to be able to post about places I like that I believe to be kosher without being attacked by someone that has a different standard. If someone is concerned about kosher standards, they should either contact the certifying agency or their rabbi for discussion. There is no need for endless debate here on whose standards are "right", and I doubt anyone serious about kosher is making their kashrut decisions based on the opinions of anonymous blog posters.

Sep 05, 2012
Hirscheys in Site Talk

Pardes, amazes and delights

I couldn't agree more. If you eat out for the food, there is no better kosher place. In fact, I find myself at non-kosher restaurants often (for work) and the food at Pardes is more interesting, creative, and seasonal than what I see at many high-end non-kosher restaurants.

Every time we have dinner at Pardes, I get excited about the food. Either because there is a surprise element (a poached egg in my soup), a menu item you wouldn't find anywhere else (goat four ways) or just something beautifully, perfectly, executed.

We have not yet done the tasting menu but that is the plan for our next visit. I will report back.

Sep 04, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

South Street has come to Cherry Hill!

I am really surprised to hear about your experience. I go there quite often and have never found the portions small. I never bought the grilled chicken sandwich, but I have bought the steak sandwich and the burgers, and they were quite generous. You might want to try some of the other menu items - I personally have really enjoyed all my meals there.

Jun 25, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

The Current Oldest Continuously Operating Kosher Restaurant In NYC

What about Yonah Schimmel's knishery? I think they have been open since the early 1900's.

Jun 24, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Birthday Dinner (Meat) Philadelphia/Cherry Hill

The food at burger.org is great. There is very limited seating at the chestnut st location. The location at South St has more room for seating, but is still very casual. It is my destination of choice from great meat chow in Philly, but for a nice sit down dinner I would second Max & David's.

Feb 28, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Has anyone seen Bison in the last 3 months or so?

I just saw an article that said that the new butcher opening on the upper east side, Prime Butcher Baker, is going to carry it. I haven't been there yet to verify. I also saw an article saying they will carry venison, which would be really exciting.

Feb 21, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Kosher Parmigiano-Reggiano

Hi - The "vegetarian" refers only to the rennet. It is confusing. The wedge is much better than the shredded. I haven't tasted the Pieffe brand being discussed here (clearly, I need to!) but if you've only tasted the shredded definitely try the wedge. It is really good and so far, the best kosher parmigiana I've tried.

Jan 10, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Kosher Parmigiano-Reggiano

I have been getting Vegitalia Parmigiana Reggiano imported from Italy in Center City, Philadelphia. It is delicious! It is imported by a group called Kosher Taste of Italy. As far as I know, they only carry retail in philly, Teaneck, and Chicago but if you email them, perhaps they will ship to you. They also have some other delicious cheeses I have never found elsewhere, such as buffalo feta. Website is www.koshertasteofitaly.com

Jan 09, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Kosher Bison

Thanks for the tip! I've looked in Pom but never checked the freezer. AdinaA - they do deliver to Manhattan, but unfortunately have a $300 min. I only end up putting an order in every few months because of that.

Jan 09, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Kosher Bison

It is a subtle taste difference..but not a subtle health difference! I always loved Bison because it is at least as delicious as beef ( i think slightly better) and fewer calories and lower fat fat content. And, Bison is almost always free range and grass fed, so none of the health or animal welfare concerns of factory farmed meet. Unfortunately, I can no longer find it anywhere, either.

Jan 04, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Friday dinner - the Inbal, David Citadel or the King David?

I personally love the Kind David,but the food at the Inbal is always great as well. I think both of those options are better than David Citadel.

Good choices to have!

Jan 03, 2012
Hirscheys in Kosher

Strange Passover request

Pomegranate in brooklyn had several types of fruit leather/fruit wrinkle type snacks kosher for passover. I didn't find them to be all that bad, although there was a noticeable difference from the standard ones.

Dec 17, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

Cheese

I second the Pomegranate suggestion, if they will ship. In addition to the good cheese selection, they make very nice platters. If they will ship,the one suggestion I have is to specify some of the nicer cheeses you are specifically interested. I find they often use the nice-but-more-standard sliced cheeses, but if you ask, they will put bleu cheese, brie, Camembert, etc in the mix as well.

Dec 13, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

Fleshigs in Philly

The OP specifically stated Center City. Not - Center City and the surrounding area. Cherry Hill is definitely not Center CIty.

Dec 11, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

Fleshigs in Philly

Burger.org is usually open Saturday nights in the winter, so it must have been because of Thanksgiving. I forgot about Hamifgash; food is fine but I prefer burger.org. Also, it is a different certification. I personally and comfortable and eat at Hamifgash; you just may want to check with your LOR.

Dec 07, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

Fleshigs in Philly

I would definitely recommend burger.org. They recently expanded their menu and the food is awesome, prices cheap. They deliver. Naviw already posted the details.

If you go, you MUST try their steak sandwhich. Awesome.

If you are open to vegetarian options, then there are many more choices.

Dec 06, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

Favorites at Pomegranate in Brooklyn

I try to get to Pom whenever I can, even though I live in Manhattan. Best kosher supermarket I have ever been to.

My favorites:
-the cheese selection
-the homemade dips, such as olive tapenade, pesto, red peper did, etc
-the pasta sauces (i've bought the alfredo and it tastes just as good as my homemade)
-the olives from the barrels
-the fresh salad, especially the fennel salad

Dec 06, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

High-end, mail-order, free-range 'organic' meat

You are completely entitled to that approach, Sphinx. My point was not to advocate for - or against - blended finishing. I am simply clarifying since your comment on G&B being fed corn could easily be misunderstood.

Dec 01, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

High-end, mail-order, free-range 'organic' meat

My understanding is that Grow and Behold requires the cows be grass-fed except for finishing, and that they can be finished on a mix of corn and grass. Not disagreeing that this is different than KF (and I as I mentioned, I am a fan of KF as well) but I think it can be misleading to say G&B beef is fed corn, when it is only a mix during the finishing process.

Nov 30, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

High-end, mail-order, free-range 'organic' meat

I have tried all three.

First, I'd echo avitrek in terms of Wise not being in the same category. They feed their chickens organic feed, but that is about it. I emailed them to ask about their free-range practices, multiple times, and they never wrote back, so if you are concerned about humane treatment of animals, I'm not sure they are any better than standard supermarket fare.

I order from both Kol Foods and Grow and Behold regularly. They are both excellent in terms of taste and quality. I usually order lamb from Kol Foods, and chicken, turkey, beef from Grow and Behold. The advantage to Grow and Behold is that they do frequent drop-offs in NYC (not helpful for your trip to TX, obviously) and I think their standards for humane slaughter are tighter. Kol Foods does carry some beef from South America that is still slaughtered with shackle and hoist, although they fully disclose which beef products are slaughtered this way, so you can choose to avoid that if it is important to you. In terms of the comments about KF being inconvenient in the past: this is probably because years ago, they required you buy a "pack" and limited a buyers ability to choose individual cuts. However, that has not been the case for the last couple of years, and I have always been very pleased with my orders.

With both G&B and KF, I've had guests rave about the beef or poultry I was serving, asking where I got it, so there is definitely a significant taste advantage. And they are both very transparent about their standards on sustainability, local, humane treatment of animals, etc, so you can read their websites and judge for yourself. Personally, I find it to be well worth the price, and highly recommend both.

Nov 28, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

Advice on Thanksgiving trip to center city Philadelphia

I just saw burger.org's new menu, and they have even more of the "classic" shabbat food than before. Their food is delicious, so I would definitely recommend calling them.

Nov 19, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

Chicken.org (Phila. PA)

They did consolidate everything at burger.org. I just ate their last week. The menu options from both stores are at the burger.org location. Makes sense to me, since they were right near each other anyway and the burger.org space is much nicer.

Oct 18, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

pardes restaurant in brooklyn

I agree with Miriam and one more suggestion I'd make if you are giving it a second shot is to go when you are not under a time constraint. The service is always friendly, but I've found that sometimes it can be slow. And you definitely want to make a reservation, because otherwise there is often a wait. All that said, it is usually worth it. Hope you enjoy - please report back.

Sep 26, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher

pardes restaurant in brooklyn

I am going to passionately disagree. The prices have gone up, no doubt. But there is still a huge difference in price between the really high end manhattan places that their food compares too and often exceeds. I live in Manhattan but I find it worthwhile to leave the city to go to Brooklyn for this gem. I can get alot more for the same money, and I can't think of another kosher restaurant that is so creative and adventurous with the food, and changes up the menu so regularly. Overall, it is just an incredible value and truly unique on the kosher scene.

Sep 22, 2011
Hirscheys in Kosher