Local Kosher Syrian Cuisine

Photography by Justin Tsucalas Almost all Jews left Syria in 1997, but their cuisine has been well preserved. Syrian cuisine is quite unique. The recipes often highlight dried fruits, lentils and sweet-sour flavors such as tamarind and pomegranates. Spices are dominant in most dishes — especially turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, allspice and saffron. Cilantro is also… Read More

Day School At Baltimore Hebrew Closing Its Doors

By Maayan Jaffe managing editor It has been just over a week since the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew formally announced that it will shut its doors at the end of the 2012-2013 school year and that the Independent Jewish Academy of Baltimore will not open up in its stead. An outpouring of emotions, accusations… Read More

A More Meaningful Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day and brunch go together like peanut butter and jelly. Why brunch? Maybe the timing: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. suits all ages, from fussy newborns to older people in the family. Mother’s Day brunch is so popular in the U.S. that 58 percent of those polled in 2012 said they would celebrate Mom… Read More

Room With A View

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Even as a seasoned thrill-seeker, Jared Weiner, 18, says no amusement park ride compares to the exhilaration of the Rappel for Kidney Health.

At 9 months old, Jared Weiner was diagnosed with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, a rare genetic deformation that enlarges the kidneys and can negatively impact the liver and spleen. At 10, he made it through a lifesaving kidney transplant. He’s endured pneumonia and kidney stones. He’s had biopsies, routine blood draws and ultrasounds. Every… Read More

Young & Hungry

Ari Brownstein, 28, owner of 
Fazzini’s Italian Kitchen, mans the front counter. Brownstein was only 25 when he bought the 
Cockeysville restaurant.

Fazzini’s Italian Kitchen in Cockeysville opens at 11:30 a.m. Ari Brownstein is there at 9. Entering through the back door, he hauls in a recently dropped-off produce order. The phone rings. It’s an employee in need of a shift change. “Don’t worry about it,” Brownstein says. “I can work for you Wednesday night.” In walks… Read More

Faux Pho Wins $25,000

With $25,000 in prizes for the first-place winner, the Manischewitz Cookoff has now become one of the biggest annual cooking contests. I was at the latest Manischewitz Cookoff and got to taste every recipe from the five finalists. The winning recipe, a takeoff on Thai “Pho” (pronounced “Fuh”) soup, was delicious. It was simple, creative… Read More

Tasty Shabbat

Pikesville resident Susan Cohen enjoys entertaining. She loves setting a pretty table, hanging out with family and friends and of course, eating. On the other hand, when she’s the one doing the entertaining, she wants to prepare easy dishes that “I can place in the oven and call it a day,” she says.

The Big Squeeze

For eight years, chef Chris Golder traveled the oceans, preparing meals on some of the world’s most luxurious yachts. Now the Maryland native has dropped anchor at Tark’s Grill at Green Spring Station in Lutherville, where happy customers enjoy the restaurant’s signature steaks, braised ribs and chicken potpie.

Day School Teacher Charged With Abuse

A physical education teacher at the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew has been suspended following charges of child abuse. Foye C. Minton, 33, was arrested on Jan. 10 at around noon at the day school. He has been charged with child abuse following an investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department’s Crimes against Children Unit,… Read More

Also Heard At The Council

At last week’s meeting, other speakers included Harford County Executive David R. Craig, new Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance and head of the Baltimore County Education Foundation Deborah Phelps. Craig spoke about his community’s successes and then said he is considering a run for Maryland governor. Dance, who started in his current… Read More