Sunday, January 24, 2021

Food & Wine

Morad Winery: A Fruitful Glass of Wine

Sometimes Steve (my hubby) and I get tired of wine. I know that sounds like such a cliché, but it happens. There are times where we indulge in cocktails, but lately we have been trying out non-grape wines from the Morad winery in Israel. Morad is unique since they take all sorts of fruits or sometimes


Who Makes the Best Chili in Teaneck? You Be the Judge.

It’s Chanukah! Think latkes, doughnuts and … chili. Yes, chili. Several Teaneck restaurants are competing to be named the Champion of Chili with the cook-off taking place on Tuesday, December 15. The competition is being organized by Jacob Goldberg, who recently took over Yalla!, a Mediterranean-themed restaurant at


‘Dinner, Done’ Will Become Your Go-to Cookbook

Maybe there are people out there who have enough time in their day to cook fresh, elaborate and, of course, scrumptious meals every night of the week, but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t met any of them. Sure, we all have our moments when we go all out and make recipes that truly dazzle, but in reality, that isn’t what life


Syrian Nachos (Meat)

“Ma, you have to make this every week now!”

This recipe has gone viral in Victoria’s extended family and now every sister-in-law has made it part of her rotation. And though it looks so pretty when it’s all assembled on one big platter, if you want to keep it practical for a weeknight, you can


Poppy's Develops Fun New Line of Bagels and Challah

Poppy’s Bagels Pizza and TCBY store owner Jacob Geffner has turned a decline in business into an opportunity to lure customers back and draw in new patrons by developing an exciting line of delicious new bagel flavors and challah creations.


Liba’s Challahs, World of Chocolate Offer Baked Goods and Chanukah Treats

Lisa Mincis has been baking challahs professionally for 20 years. At the age of 18 she embarked upon this culinary endeavor at the Chabad of Nesconset in Long Island, where she grew up. (Her rabbi was Rabbi Chaim Grossbaum, uncle of Moishie and Zeesy Grossbaum, well known in our


Eight Nights of Palate Training

People often ask me how they can develop a better appreciation for wine and how I can describe wines in such a variety of aromas and flavors. My answer is always the same, and it is simple: taste as many wines as you can and as often as possible. Like most things in


Mulling Over Chanukah: Two Recipes To Liven Up Your Chanukah Celebration

We’re approaching Chanukah, and more than most Jewish holidays, this is a festival celebrated by consuming traditional, regional foods—the very thought of the holiday can often make one salivate. For Jews of Russian/Lithuanian ancestry, the food of choice is potatoes latkes; for Polish Jews, it’s ratzelech (latkes made with a


The Other Side of the Cork:  The Ben Zaken Family Returns to Its Roots

Domaine du Castel is synonymous with quality and luxury in the kosher wine world. Established in 1988 by the patriarch Eli Ben Zaken in Moshav Ramat Razi’el, Domaine du Castel has continued to grow by leaps and bounds since that time. From the first vines being planted in 1988 to the legendary


Israeli Wine, According to Lewis Pasco

It was a unique evening. I should have known when I made arrangements to invite winemaker Lewis Pasco to taste his own wines with my Jewish Link tasting group, that this iconoclastic, loquacious chef/winemaker/oenophile/oleh would have something to say. I just wish I’d brought a sweater as our


Segal Wines: The Rebirth of an Old Favorite

My husband, Steve, and I have been longtime fans of Israeli wines. One of the biggest treats for us is to introduce our friends and relatives to new wines. Needless to say, unfortunately we haven’t been able to do so as much over the past few months. Many years ago, we had a guest


Under New Ownership, Yalla Teaneck Expands Menu

Yalla Teaneck, a Middle Eastern restaurant on West Englewood Avenue, is under new management and is now offering premier catering services for all types of events. Owner Jacob Goldberg, a seasoned chef and caterer, has already started adding to both the menu and the vibe.

Goldberg has worked