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Lipa @ pomegranate

It may not have been a theatre stage, but it was riveting nevertheless.

Feet suddenly acquired a mind of their own, they wouldn’t stop dancing to the live sounds of Lipa singing sets from his latest CD, 24/6 LipaLipa chose Pomegranate Supermarket to launch this CD at a free concert. Why? Because this was the best place to reach the Brooklyn oilom on short notice. The supermarket’s clientele flocks to it because it is interested in its unique offerings and that is precisely the demographics that Lipa wants to reach.

Kulam ahuvim, kulam brurim, kulam giborim, kulam kedoshim...

Uveeni Malkeinee

It was hard not to feel the emotions, it was hard not to sing along, it was hard no to dance, it was hard not to follow the crowd. The audience was electrified and, as if obeying a higher command, really got into the spirit of the music. With the exception of three techno sets, Lipa sang the rest of the songs on this  new CD. Like most of the audience I too was captivated and got into the frenzy.

If you are among the counted few who do not know Lipa, suffice it to say that he’s produced 10 very successful CDs, so far; he’s been in thousands of shows, he’s worked with the greatest entertainment legends in the world of Jewish music and he’s traveled around the globe being mesame’ach countless Jewish hearts.

I actually got to talk to him after the show and found him unassuming, humble and grateful to his audience. He hasn’t allowed his fame to go his head, that is precisely the main reason (besides his tremendous showmanship!) that makes him so popular.



Boerewors And Biltong

Boerewors is a South African sausage, the name is made up of two Afrikaans words: boer (farmer) and wors (sausage). Biltong, is a cured meat, also of South African origin. This past week I got to taste both, after I found them on an expatriate’s website. Joburg Kosher, makes them both and is certified Kosher Glatt by the OU

David Libesman, arrived in the US in 1989 from Johannesburg (“Joburg”). Unable to find either Boerewors or Biltong, with the taste and texture he was used to, he finally decided to make his own. With the recipes given him by his father, perfected over forty years as a butcher, he finally produced these delicacies. His family and friends loved them and Joburg Kosher Foods, LLC came to be.

Nice texture, very tasty

These Boerewors are marinated and seasoned, made from beef (including the edible casing!). The package includes four sausages, I grilled them in the oven and found them superbly delicious and very juicy. With a beer they were a perfect meal. I ordered their Traditional flavor, next time I’ll try the Peri-Peri and the Garlic flavors.

Next I tried their Black Pepper Biltong. Biltong‘s look is reminiscent of beef jerky; it is typically made from raw fillets of meat and unlike beef jerky it is never sweet, the seasoning also differs. Biltong is made up of two Dutch words: bil (rump) and tong (tongue).

Great as a snack, great in salads.

I had the Biltong by itself and liked it, I also tried it in a salad where it gave it a little kick that greatly enhanced the overall taste. I found both Joburg Kosher products very tasty and will order them again and again.


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