What’s it like to run an underground kosher supper club and speakeasy? Itta Werdiger Roth, founder of The Hester, shares her story [Jewess With Attitude]
A look into one of Israel’s largest challah bakeries. [The Kitchn]
…and Israel’s largest hummus factory. [Serious Eats]
New York Times Dining Critic Sam Sifton fields a reader’s question of where she should take her kosher-keeping boyfriend for an intensely treyf meal and dubs famous Jewish cookbook author Arthur Schwartz his hero in the process.
Israel is known for its hummus, falafel and well, the birthplace of monotheism. But beer? Not so much. At least until now, Café Liz reports on the holy land’s first beer expo and shares some tasting highlights.
The Orthodox Union and other kosher agencies are fighting lawsuits against companies that falsely use their name and certification, the Wall Street Journal reports.
What’s the best bagel in New York City? Midtown Lunch attempts to answer the age-old question.
Like many passionate foodies, Sarah Melamed of Israeli blog Food Bridge loves outdoor markets. This week, she takes us on a tour of Akko’s shuk.
Haaretz reports that Israeli supermarket chain Super-Sol will open a natural food store featuring “health foods, organic products, wine and cheeses and special gluten-free products.”
Would a bagel by another name taste the same? The Wall Street Journal reports on a petition from bakers in Krakow, Poland to the EU to designate “obwarzanek krakowski” (a bagel-like baked good) as a regional specialty, which would protect its traditional name.
If you live in… Pasadena check out famous chefs like Paula Wolfert, who will be demonstrating hand-rolled couscous, and Faye Levy, who will give a lecture on Jewish North African food at Chef Farid Zadi’s Couscous Festival this Saturday.
Most locals in New York consider many of the city’s most iconic foods, like a street cart hot dog – best enjoyed while sitting in a park and studiously avoiding thinking about food preparation hygiene – a once-a-year culinary occasion at best. But there’s one New York staple that residents and sightseers, Jews and Gentiles, and Manhattanites and Brooklyners consume with equal voracity: the bagel.
Which is why, when the news broke last week that Albany was enforcing a “bagel tax,” a hullabaloo erupted from food publications and New Yorkers alike. The Wall Street Journal reported that beloved local chain Bruegger’s Bagels was being forced to hike its prices thanks to new enforcement of an old sales tax statute.
You can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but apparently you can’t take Brooklyn out of Larry King.
The Brooklyn-native and long-time newsman will step down from his helm at CNN later this year and step into a new role as a financial partner of The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company, according to the news site Deadline.
King, who was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, was raised by religious Jewish immigrants in the bagel capital of New York, but later left the city and the religion, becoming agnostic.
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