How to Eat Jewish in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — The Kosher Café in Shanghai’s Hongqaio District holds eight tables, each draped in white linen and covered with clear plastic. Two middle-aged businessmen, one in a kippah, chat quietly over their fish and chips. A teenager in a black fedora looks up from his computer as I enter the room. He nods and… Read More

Atara Foods: Restoring Glory to Hindquarter Meat

Yaakov Levi is fixated on working his way to the top of the food chain in Charm City. The Israeli native, who was introduced to the glatt-kosher meat industry by his father, quickly became an integral part of the family business at 8 years old. From a humble beginning, where he worked in the slaughterhouse… Read More

A Mid-Passover Culinary Break

Around the fifth day of Passover, many people are eager for a break from heavy and complex matzoh dishes. Some celebrate after nightfall on the last day of Passover and invite many guests. A large spread of Passover delights often includes fish for fertility and golden rings (fried green tomatoes) for wealth. This final Pesach… Read More

Passover Already?

I’m always on the lookout for something new to update my traditional Pesach recipes and menus. This year, I have many delicious ideas to share. First, the new products, such as Abeles & Heymann hot dogs with no nitrates. They are available in reduced fat, regular, mini and beef chipotle — all kosher for Passover…. Read More

Joyous Purim

There are so many things to love about Purim. It is the most festive — some would say even a bit “out there” — of all the Jewish holidays. In Israel, parades and crowds of revelers fill the streets. People who have been there say it is fantastic to experience. Celebrations here may be on… Read More

Oy Vey! Those New Year’s Resolutions

After the champagne, chocolate, cake and cookies comes the dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Suggestions abound: Eat less. Move more. Write it as you bite it. Use smaller plates. Use different colored plates. Use apps. Be mindful. And on it goes. I believe anything that makes a positive impact on a healthy new year, even small… Read More