Archive for March, 2014

20
Mar
14

A Conversation with Rachelle Kassai


rachelle-portraitThis evening at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time) on BlogTakRadio.com, we will be talking with owner/founder of Finchi’s by Aunt Rashi, Rachelle Kassai. Finchi’s offers a scrumptious variety of gluten, nut, sugar and dairy-free desserts, using only the finest European ingredients. Tonight, Mrs. Kassai will tell us what made her leave a successful path in the corporate world and pursue what she loves best.

Having tasted Finchi’s products over the last couple of years, I can attest to their truly being delicious and worthy of being offered at the finest banquets as well as at any family table.

Meanwhile in case you missed it, why not listen to last eve’s two-part broadcast with Chef Sara Black and Weight Management Counselor Vicki Rothschild.

Don’t forget to tune us in this evening at 10:00 pm (Eastern Time) on BlogTakRadio.com, when we will be talking with owner/founder of Finchi’s by Aunt RashiRachelle Kassai, for what promises to be an interesting conversation. We will be waiting for you.

CS

18
Mar
14

A Conversation with Sara Black and Vicki Rothschild


Sara-Black1abcTomorrow evening (March 19th) at 9:30pm (Eastern Time) we will be talking to Chef extraordinaire Sara Black, on BlogTalkRadio.com. Ms. Black hails from Israel and has a business here as well in her native land. Later this week we will post 6 Passover recipes which I’ve had the privilege to film and taste at a private demo given by Chef Sara. I can assure you they were all incredibly delicious in spite of the fact they were very quick and easy to prepare.

Chef Sara runs a catering company – Asparagus Catering – and is also a Private Chef here in the US as well Israel. In the past she was Executive Chef at various Israeli hotels and restaurants, as well as restaurants in France and other parts of Europe. Ms. Black consults on restaurants and more, and is ready to share her expertise with our listeners tomorrow evening at 9:30pm (Eastern Time) on our BlogTalkRadio.com show. The broadcast was pre-taped on Sunday February 23rd at Chagall Bistro, in Brooklyn’s Park Slope area, at brunch time. The recording has some background noise but even so, it makes for an interesting and entertainting listen.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, please listen to our show with ancient Hebrew book and manuscript collector, dealer and personal buyer Hersh Eidlisz.

Don’t forget to tune us in tomorrow evening at 9:30pm (Eastern Time) we will be talking to Chef extraordinaire Sara Black, on BlogTalkRadio.com. We’ll be waiting for you!

 *** UPDATE ****

VickiThe Second part of tonight’s show, on BlogTalkRadio.com, will be a live interview with Vicki Rothschild, a Weight Management Counselor. Vicki managed to shed more than half her weight, eight years ago (after 20 years of struggle with Super Morbid Obesity) and tonight she will share her path to weight loss.

Her weight management program, includes:
* Unwavering support and guidance.
* Motivation, Inspiration and Insight.
* Accountability.
* An endless array of strategies and tips to get you through all situations and every obstacle you face.
* Learning new skills and behaviors to halt mindless & emotional eating.
* A satisfying, delicious plan that you will want to continue forever.
* Hundreds of scrumptious, satiating, recipes for Shabbos, Yom Tov or every day to wow you, your guests.

Don’t forget to tune us in this evening at 9:30pm (Eastern Time) we will be talking to Chef extraordinaire Sara Black, followed by successful Weight Management Counselor, Vicki Rothschild, on BlogTalkRadio.com.

CS

17
Mar
14

Purim in Providence, RI


I spent the weekend visiting family and friends in Providence, Rhode Island, in anticipation of Sunday’s Purim Parade. In spite of the cold, a fair number of families showed up for the yearly event.

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The crowd gathering…

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Children and adults alike dressed up for the occasion in very distinctive costumes, such as the Alice in Wonderland‘s Mad Hatter accompanied by Hulk Hogan (as bodyguard?).

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Pluto and the Cookie Monster…

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Garfield the Cat…

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…a cute little kitten (one of my granddaughters)

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The parade got under way with a uniformed marching band, under the asuperb direction of musical phenomenon Fishl Bressler (atop a truck), leading. Among the participants were the town’s Rabbonim, Rosh Yeshivos and the Rosh Kollel.  A non-Jewish Scotsman, with kilt and all, proudly played the bagpipes.

Though it barely lasted an hour, due to the brutal cold, the parade brought out the comraderie and the mirth of Providence’s frum community. It was my first attending the parade and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

CS

10
Mar
14

Fifth Avenue Synagogue – A morning of Learning


Yesterday, the 7th of Adar – Sunday the 9th, I attended a Full Morning of Learning, at Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Synagogue. What could be more appropriate on Moshe Rabbeinu‘s yohrtzeit than to honor him with communal learning?

There were fifteen lectures mostly (though not exclusively) dealing with Purim and Megillas Esther divided into three one hour sessions. There was plenty of choice for all levels, for all tastes.  For the first period I attended a lecture by Rabbi Eli Mansour from the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in Brooklyn

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Rabbi Mansour’s topic The Secret of Megillat Esther concerned the mistake Haman made when he thought the month of Adar would be a perfect time to annihilate the Jewish people. Rav Mansour quoted sources from R. Yonatan Eybischutz‘s writings, the Zohar and the Talmud, which aptly described Haman’s misunderstanding of the lots he cast before deciding which month would be best for the success of his nefarious intent.

Next I listened to Rabbi Shaya Karlinsky, from Shapell’s Darche Noam Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael.

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His spoke about Jewish Humor: Not a Laughing Matter. What makes a joke uniquely Jewish? Why is it, if you substitute another ethnic or religious group for the Jews the joke – at best – has diminished its impact or becomes totally unfunny? He also brought down various sources from the Talmud, Midrash and more. An example of a joke that only works fully if you understand the Jewish psyche and would barely cause a smile if the characters were not Jewish, goes as follows:

On the day of the Eastern Seaboard blackout in 2003, Max changes a light bulb. Sally, his wife is looking out the window and as soon he screws in the new bulb, she’s is appalled to see all the lights in the neighborhood go off; in dismay she cries out:

Max, what you done?!?!?

My last session was with Rabbi Yissocher Frand, Rosh Yeshiva at Baltimore’s Ner Yisroel Yeshiva.

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He spoke on Favorite Lessons from Megillat Esther. Rav Frand stressed the importance of Megillat Esther in our time and in our values, the importance of an individual reaching out of his/her comfort zone to achieve one’s full potential.

All in all, it was a very interesting morning filled with inspiring and thought provoking lectures.

CS

05
Mar
14

Le Marais, Revisited


Earlier today, Meyer Haroch (from The New York Jewish Guide) and I were at a business lunch in Le Marais (150 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue, in Manhattan; Tel:212.869.0900). When we first reviewed the restaurant on these pages we wrote:

Le Marais has been the yardstick by which all other kosher restaurants are measured.

That still is the case, the portions are generous and cooked to perfection; the flavors, the ambiance are uniquely Parisian. Meyer ordered the Lunch Special (Steak, Frites and Salade)…

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The aroma wafted throughout the area, as it bespoke of intense flavors that would have made even the most exacting gastronomes of old, salivate in anticipation. Meyer said the steak was very juicy and indeed very flavorful… as expected.

I ordered their triple layer Hamburger

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Though I was warned it would take 20 minutes to prepare, when it came it was obvious the wait had been more than worthwhile. Full of flavor, filled with red beats, and just the right amount of juiciness. As delightful to the palate, as it was to the eyes, it also came with salade and frites that were just crisp enough without sacrificing taste. I washed it down with a beer from Spain, Estrella Galicia. It poured a golden yellow with a fizzy white head, moderate to high carbonation with a very faint malt aroma. Its bland taste neither overpowered, nor detracted from the scrumptious hamburger which I had trouble finishing. Rather, this beer subtly complemented and enhanced the rich flavors of the meat.

Yes, it was a delightful lunch but one expects that from Le Marais!

CS




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