Manischewitz and Passover are pretty synonymous: after all, it’s hard to make matzah ball soup without the matzah meal. And this year Manischewitz is all about the kids with a new series of products: matzah pizza kits, s’mores kits and mini matzah kits.
It’s no secret that New York City is a mecca for diverse foods: you can find everything from Ethiopian to southern BBQ and even Israeli food in nearly every borough of the city. But last week I was invited to enjoy a kind of Jewish food I had never tasted before: Georgian Jewish food.
When you think of Washington, DC you probably get images in your head of the White House, cherry blossoms or maybe a West Wing episode. In addition to being a political nerd’s paradise, DC has got a pretty awesome food scene these days including not one but two New-ish Jewish delis: DGS Delicatessen and the new kid on the block, On Rye.
You probably recognize caraway seeds from rye bread. I remember eating pumpernickel bread as a child at my grandparents’ house and loving the anise-like sweet taste of the seeds in it. Later, I learned that many countries use caraway to add these complex notes to their dishes. (Just don’t confuse caraway with Persian sajira or black cumin, these two have a similar appearance but stronger cumin notes).
We’ve all seen pumpkin spice candles. And I’ve even seen bacon candles. But there is a candle company in Ann Arbor producing an entire series of Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot themed candles.
In addition to a lifetime supply of paper towels, 20 pound bags of sugar, and all the discount books you could ever hope for, Costco also carries a decent selection of Jewish and kosher foods. We recently perused the aisles of our local Costco location to scout out the most awesome Jewish products.
When you were growing up, did you think, “Gosh, I really want to go to school to learn how to make a bold but drinkable Shiraz?” Well, little kids all over Israel can now have that dream come true.
I am in Los Angeles this week visiting my family, checking out some fun kid-friendly activities (sidenote: Kidspace Museum is awesome) and, of course, eating. My daughter always make sure to hit up our favorite ramen joint as soon as we arrive, as well as Porto’s Bakery in Burbank for Cuban coffee and pastry.
The last time I was in Israel a friend brought us to La Gaterie in Tel Aviv, a tiny bake shop where enormous, flaky croissants would get sliced in half and stuffed with the fillings of your choice: anything from Nutella to brie and honey to ham and cheese. (Yes, ham in Israel.)