Dining at Balaboosta with an Expert

Last week, I received an invitation from Naama Shefi, Israeli food specialist and past Director of Public Programs and Events at the Consulate General of Israel in NYC. She asked me to join her at Balaboosta in Nolita, NYC, for lunch with a dozen strangers who had signed up to eat with her and learn more about Israeli cuisine.

Through a program called I Want More Food, founded by Jeff Orlick,  these food adventure seekers were scheduled to meet and eat with Shefi as their insider guide. Continue reading

Cooking Heart Healthy Foods with Jennifer Abadi at the JCC in Manhattan

Invite me to a cooking class?  I am in!
 I love them all: demos, hands on, famous chefs, home-style cooks … I am eager to be inspired by some unfamiliar flavor or technique.
But with the steep cost of these classes,  I need to choose carefully.
For me that means honing in on classes that focus on using health conscious, vegetarian or kosher ingredients. While perusing the online schedule for the JCC in Manhattan, I ran into a class being taught by Jennifer Abadi called Delicious Heart-Healthy Foods.
When I saw the menu, I knew I needed to attend.

Kutsher’s Twist on Borscht Belt Favorites

 

Finally, someone has reinterpreted our favorites and created Jewish food with a twist.

I heard Alan Wilzig and Zach Kutsher in conversation at the 92STY/Tribeca in January. They were chatting about the legendary Kutsher’s Country Club in the  Catskills, the namesake and inspiration for the recently opened restaurant, Kutsher’s Tribeca.

These business partners summoned up images from a different era, one where vacationers ate heaping piles of whatever tasted great, without any concerns about fat, chemicals or origin of ingredients. And it was unlimited.

Ah, the good old days! Continue reading

The New Year of the Trees

Take a moment to pause and imagine:  Spring is only a few weeks away!
The Jewish holiday of Tu b’Shvat is a day set aside to celebrate the fruit of the trees and to give thanks for their well-being and bounty.

Perfect timing. Continue reading

Discovering the Unexpected on Canouan Island

Heading out of Dodge for a much needed winter break to Canouan Island, in the Grenadines, didn’t require much research other than my same ol’ questions about what there is to eat for those who are kosher like me.
Sandy white beaches, quiet and friendly island, calm emerald waters to swim in, local flavors… what else did I need to know? Continue reading

Blossom Keeps Me Coming Back For More

Naysayers may ask, “If it is vegan, what is there to eat, really?!” 
Think vegan is bland and limited in choices?  Think again.
Blossom has been on the  NYC restaurant scene since 2005. I have trouble imagining the dining landscape without it.  There are a number of great (yes, I said it) vegan restaurants in NYC and I count Blossom as one of them.

As one who avoids all animal products that are not kosher, I relish having an entire menu to choose from. Yup. It is like a celebration and I get a little giddy when the entire menu is fair game for me. No need to ask tons of prying questions here. Continue reading

Kosher, Vegetarian, Locavore, Omnivore…


Living in Fairfield County, CT., we are blessed to have properties that are often zoned with a couple of acres of land.  It’s very peaceful but can be a little isolating if you want to connect with your neighbors.

Sometimes we mistakenly imagine that once our kids no longer need friends to ride bikes with “on the block”, we don’t need our neighbors much anymore either.