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Restaurants along the West Coast

Tierra del Sur is incredible, but not far from LA. Chabad of Malibu also has a restaurant on the beach. But given the proximity, save your appetite for T del S.

May 18, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Isla Mujeres - a different Mexico option.

Two years ago, my family and I were in Cancun right before Passover. As we took a day trip to Isla Mujeres we saw the Chabadniks getting ready for the seders by bringing cases of grape juice on the ferry with them.

Apr 28, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Paris: takeout for Shabat

When we visited 5 years ago, we picked up cold cuts from a kosher market in the Marais. IIRC, if you are facing the famous falafel place, it's towards the left. Be sure to pick up pastrys from the bakery with a blue door/windows in the Marais (to the right of the falafel place, if you're facing it). The apple turnover is on my list of best foods.

Here's the bakery from Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/2ous0
I couldn't remember where the market is. The falafel place is L'As Du Fallafel.

Apr 15, 2015
craigcep in Kosher
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KFP Greek Yogurt

Is there any out there?

Apr 02, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

KFP Healthier Soy Sauce Substitute and KFP Coconut Flour

This is probably turning away from the Passover aspect of the conversation, but there is wheat-free soy sauce.

Mar 27, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

KFP Healthier Soy Sauce Substitute and KFP Coconut Flour

What would you use this for?

Mar 25, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Seeking non-beach vacation spot for family with pre-schoolers

I spoke Hanukah Shabbat several years ago in Fez, with a family. My parents knew someone who knew someone, etc. It was a lovely community.

My wife and I went to the Hanukah party and were told the JCC doesn't open like a restaurant. Of course, we were not with a group; it was just the two of us. We had a lovely time, but it was not like visiting any restaurant.

Mar 23, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Seeking non-beach vacation spot for family with pre-schoolers

Unfortunately, I think Casablanca is the least interesting city from a tourist perspective in Morocco. There's a Jewish museum in the suburbs (the only Jewish museum in the Muslim world) and kosher restaurants, but as Casablanca is a relatively new city, all the interesting sights are in other cities - Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, Essaouria, etc. There are Jewish communities (I use that term very loosely, as there is likely a synagogue that may sometimes get a minyan or just open to tourists) in all those cities, but nothing in the way of food.

Mar 23, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Seeking non-beach vacation spot for family with pre-schoolers

McDonalds and Tango too. Also glaciers.

Mar 20, 2015
craigcep in Kosher
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What restaurants (Manhattan) open on Passover?

The list is usually in the OU passover guide. And I'm sure Koshertopia or one of those sites will list them too.

Le Marais better be open - I'm planning to be there for my wife's birthday dinner on chol.

Mar 15, 2015
craigcep in Kosher
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Best Passover Shopping in Fairfield/New Haven Counties

I'm always a proponent of Fairway. So my vote is Fairway in Stamford.

Mar 09, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

VINTAGE Seedless Watermelon Seltzer

I'm trying to figure out if this is a Purim joke or not. Is there a difference in the flavor of seedless watermelon and seeded watermelon?

Mar 05, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Alibaba on the UWS

It was closed when I moved out of the UWS (3+ years ago). Though nothing had ever replaced it.

Feb 22, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Alibaba on the UWS

Has it been resurrected? I walked by it the other day and it appeared open. When did this happen? Is it good?

Feb 20, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Westchester help

I think there's a confusion. There are actually two Epsteins on Central Park Ave - one in Yonkers and one in Hartsdale. See here - http://www.epsteinsdeli.com/ and http://epsteinskosher.com/ . The one in Hartsdale is under outside supervision. The one in Yonkers is self-supervised.

In further comment to Tamar, I've never heard a disparaging word about Sammy's.

Jan 13, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Westchester help

Options in Westchester for dairy:

Sammy's bagels (takeout only)
Swirl Coffee and the pizza place in New Rochelle
White Plains Bake Shop (nothing more than rolls or bagels with butter; otherwise, good cakes and cookies)
Berrylicious Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt where the DMV is in White Plains. It has a small assortment of lunch-ish foods.

Jan 11, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Kosher Place for Business Lunch in White Plains, NY

This place is kosher and has some lunch foods, not fancy in any way shape or form.

Berrylicious Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt
White Plains Mall
200 Hamilton Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 729-6666

Ben's is opening up in Scarsdale shortly (they are in the middle of a soft opening). Otherwise New Roc and Stamford.

Jan 06, 2015
craigcep in Kosher
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Ginger Grill in Riverdale

I heard somewhere that it closed. Anyone know one way or the other? If it's open, it may be my dinner tonight.

Thanks.

Jan 04, 2015
craigcep in Kosher

Queens/Main Street Take Out

I'm responsible for grabbing dinner on Sunday for my Grandfather and my family in Queens. Any good take-out places on Main Street or towards Hillcrest? Something convenient. And preferably meat. Is there a good burger place? Though, I'll also accept a nomination for the best pizza place.

Thanks.

Dec 05, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Beefy mac for shabbas

I don't have any major insights, but I think the pasta would turn to mush in the crockpot. One way to avoid this is to cook the meat and sauce in the crockpot and then pour it over room temperature pasta. Let it sit a few minutes, and the sauce will heat up the pasta.

Nov 19, 2014
craigcep in Kosher
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Skirt steak

I didn't think individual cuts were salted, but the primal cuts (or even bigger segments). Is a skirt steak on the outside of a larger cut that it is more covered in salt than other cuts?

Nov 19, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Kosher versus Halal

There are myriad differences and a few similarities. And neither is better or worse. They just are.

The key similarity (besides the religious origin) is that both proscribes pork. Halal rules are stricter about it. Muslims cannot touch pork (like the "pigskin" football); Jews can do anything with pork except eat it.

Halal rules don't proscribe mixing milk and meat or shellfish like kosher rules do. Halal proscribes alcohol, including as a preservative and vehicle for flavorings (like vanilla). Kosher laws have no problem with alcohol (except for certain grape-derived liquids like wine).

Your best bet for a full discussion is the internet and wikipedia, I'm sure has some discussion of it.

Nov 12, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Worthwhile kosher restaurants in NJ

Cherry Grill is fine; nothing special one way or the other.

Nov 05, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Mail Order Kosher Indian Food

It's back - from the restaurant in Seattle.

http://www.kosherindianfood.com/place...

I ordered previously, and it was very good.

Nov 03, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Need recommendations for SuperSol Westchester for catering?

I'm trying to remember what it was. I believe it was veggies and burgers for a bbq. We wanted the inexpensive options. It was pretty, but we asked for and got the unfancy options.

Food was good.

Oct 30, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Need recommendations for SuperSol Westchester for catering?

I've used them for basic things, and it works out fine. Not fancy, but reasonably priced anyway.

Oct 30, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Amsterdam Burger Co.

Anyone know if they take reservations? It's sit down, right?

Oct 28, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

10 Best Kosher Delis in North America from Shalom LIfe

I feel the need to go exploring.

Anyone know how Bebe's Kosher Deli operates in Chicago? They appear to be CRC meat and CRC dairy.

Oct 13, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Yom Kippur

Sorry if I wasn't clear. After the fast ends on Saturday night, we eat Sunday brunch-type foods because (1) they are easy to prepare quickly when everyone is starving and (2) they are lighter to digest, so fewer stomach aches.

Sep 29, 2014
craigcep in Kosher

Gift for Sukkah Dinner

For certified wine, go to your preferred liquor store, and they likely have a section of kosher wines. The most common certification is the OU, which looks like a U within a circle. The other big mark you'll find on wine is OK, which is a K within a circle (there are other acceptable ones, but those two are the most common). Look for a bottle that has either of those marks and also says "Mevushal" on it (as Zsero and CloggieGirl suggest).

Don't stress in your mind about it being needlessly complicated.

Sep 29, 2014
craigcep in Kosher