When my mother went off to college, her own mother painstakingly typed all of her family recipes out on a typewriter and assembled them into a book. She sent this book off to the University of…Florida with my mother, a little piece of home and familiarity tucked away inside her suitcase. But my mother doesn't like to cook, so the book traveled with her from apartment to apartment to house over the course of 30 years. Every now and again it would be pulled down from a shelf and dusted… >> Read More
Are you looking for a falafel in South River? A dozen bagels in Manalapan? Or maybe you want to pick up some kosher steaks to grill at your beach rental? We’ve got you covered with a list of kosher…restaurants, markets, butchers, bagel stores, and more in Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey. We’ve also included supermarkets in the area that carry extensive amounts of kosher foods to help you stock your pantry—or motel room. Please note this list includes both kosher and non-kosher establishments. Please be sure that each kosher establishment meets… >> Read More
Every year, Purim reignites the quest for the perfect hamantaschen. Over the last few weeks I have heard the topic come up over and over again, and it seems people will sometimes go to extreme…lengths to find that perfect Purim cookie. At my synagogue in New Jersey, one woman drives all the way to Queens to pick up 1,500 of what she considers the cream of the crop, lest our Congregation Beth El’s mishloach manot (gift baskets) be filled with anything less. A friend of mine recently told me… >> Read More
Not all bagels are created equal.
Some people fear carbs like the plague, leading them to say that the Jewish deli is all but a memory. Fear not! Carbs and delis are abundant in the North and…Northwest Chicago suburbs. While they may not be your Bubbe’s deli of Devon Ave., they are vibrant, evolving, and crowded, all serving and baking the carb above all others—the bagel. There are plenty of bagel spots in cities with big Jewish populations, and you can be certain that we here in Chicago have a variety… >> Read More