Where to Get The Best Hamantaschen in NYC

Three years ago, I set out after work every night of the week before Purim to find the best hamantaschen in New York City. I tasted my way through the Upper East and West Sides, all the way to the Lower East Side, Williamsburg, and Midwood, Brooklyn, and I never once got sick of these delicious, poppyseed-filled cookies (my favorite!). This year, there are some new contenders in town who bring innovative, new-school approaches to these three-sided treats.

Posted on March 1, 2017

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Bagels Have Gone Too Far

I am a born- and-bred New Yorker who loves a good, classic bagel and schmear. It’s practically a requirement to live in the New York area. I have been working on my own recipe for some time (stay tuned!) and I am no stranger to the rainbow bagel and other crazy counterparts that have been trendy the past two years. In fact, I first spotted rainbow bagels nearly three years ago in Hoboken, NJ near my daughter’s former preschool. And since then, indeed, rainbow bagels have taken over.

Posted on February 22, 2017

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Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich Recipe with Seitan and Russian Dressing

I grew up going to Rein’s Deli outside of Hartford, Connecticut — almost exactly halfway between my home in Massachusetts and my grandmother’s house in New York. Stopping at Rein’s on a road trip was sometimes a treat but often a necessity for my parents (my sister, Jenny, and I were usually fighting loudly in the back seat). I remember liking the barrel of pickles, the endless menu, and the enormous, messy sandwiches at Rein’s. My dad always got the tongue sandwich with Swiss and I always got a kosher frank (no kraut). As I got older and my tastes evolved, I occasionally branched out to egg salad or a Reuben (or a Rachael, if I was feeling especially risqué).

Posted on February 3, 2017

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