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Fear of Flying: Ruminations of a Former World Traveler

Posted on 27th of December, 2010 by Lévana

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On the eve of our departure to Israel, I am reminded of an email my friend Eve sent a few friends after her flight from Miami to Australia, which I would like to share with you, along with my response: You will enjoy this, I guarantee it! It might also...
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Filed under: Fear of Flying, Flying to Australia, Stories, Transatlantic flights, Travel

Banish MSG Forever!

Posted on 13th of December, 2010 by Lévana

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It hadn’t occured to me to include this information, thinking by now it was clear to everyone they should stay away from MSG (no, not Madison Square Garden: I wish; monosodium glutamate) with a vengeance, until my son in law Meir recently reported mysterious and repeated blinding headaches. Concerned, we...
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Filed under: Monosodium Glutamate, MSG, Stories

Noidue Restaurant: Panini, Coffee and Nostalgia a la carte

Posted on 9th of December, 2010 by Lévana

There are several reasons Noidue Restaurant tugs at my heartstrings. Some questions come up about it quite often:  I thought sharing my thoughts would make me feel somewhat more at peace with seeing a whole chunk of our lives behind us…. Here’s why for my husband and I, going to...
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Filed under: Behind the kitchen scenes, Food Stories, Kosher Food, Kosher Restaurants, Levana Restaurant, Nice Stories, NoBo Restaurant, Noidue Restaurant, Stories

Latkas Recipes: Fear of Frying Therapy! Kugel and all Variations. Gluten-Free Friendly

Posted on 29th of November, 2010 by Lévana

Latkas Recipes: Fear of Frying Therapy! Kugel and all Variations. Gluten-Free Friendly

Ah Latkas! The food we love to hate! To make matters worse, courtesy of the alarmist low-carb food industry, the humble potato has gone from being a faithful staple at every table to making rare and apologetic appearances, as in Chanukkah, where we fry and eat it with a vengeance....
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Filed under: Apple Sauce Recipes, Apples Recipes, Food Stories, Gluten Free Recipes, Kosher Food, Kosher Natural Foods, Kosher Recipes, Kosher Whole Foods Recipes, Latka Recipes, Pareve Recipes, Potato recipes, Potatoes Recipes, Recipes, Stories, Vegetarian Recipes

Exciting New Kosher Restaurant in Brooklyn: Pardes

Posted on 14th of November, 2010 by Lévana

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Image via Crown Heights My friend Chaim Szmidt, of the Kosher Scene and I just love to talk about food, and of course consume it and then excitedly discuss it, as other people discuss their recent cruises or their recent shopping sprees (I must say I become totally – and...
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Filed under: Behind the kitchen scenes, Kosher Food, Kosher Restaurants, Nobo Teaneck, Pardes Restaurant, Stories, THe Kosher Scene

Plan your Elopement: There will Always be a Chabad House!

Posted on 28th of September, 2010 by Lévana

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Never mind the popular belief: Elopements are almost always carefully thought out. The only people who deny this simple fact are those who were vexed about not having been consulted, or those who were left behind. This summer has been particularly stressful, working like crazy to meet some deadlines, and...
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Filed under: Chabad Cape Cod, Cold Kugel Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Nice Stories, Potato recipes, Stories, Traveling Stories

Strange Fruit, Indeed!

Posted on 15th of September, 2010 by Lévana

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This past Rosh Hashanah, as every year, my husband and I didn’t host the second dinner. Shul services ending mighty late, and a huge lunch ending at about 6.45pm, we figure, how could we possibly face the prospect of dinner? The second night being the night when we make the...
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Filed under: Behind the kitchen scenes, Exotic Fruit Recipes, Food Stories, Horned melon, Kitchen Stories, New Fruit, Nice Stories, Rosh Hashana Recipes, Stories, Strange Fruit

No Name Calling EVER, Stupid!

Posted on 9th of September, 2010 by Lévana

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Mine is a family notorious for bringing every argument to its – hopefully favorable – outcome, no matter what it takes. Sometimes the argument is conducted in installments, court-style. Thank you, we are not considering reality TV. One guest, so dear that he’s considered as family, recently told us what...
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Filed under: Behind the kitchen scenes, Kitchen Help Stories, Kitchen Stories, Nice Stories, Stories

Renewing Vows, the Virtual Way

Posted on 16th of July, 2010 by Lévana

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Recently I said to Sara, who helps me and tutors me in all things technical, I should have more of a profile on Facebook. My list of friends was expanding, G-d bless, and so it would be a nice idea. So we edited the profile to include my status (married)...
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Filed under: Food Stories, Kitchen Wisdom, Marriage Humor, Nice Stories, Renewing Vows, Stories

NYC Hick Goes out to Queens

Posted on 16th of July, 2010 by Lévana

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I have been living in the United States almost two generations. I have lived in an apartment structure my whole life, in big cities only: Casablanca, Paris New York, etc…. you get the picture. I am a complete city mouse, don’t drive, and cannot conceive of any viable setting where...
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Filed under: Dessert Recipes, Ice Cream Recipes, Kosher Food, Kosher Ice Cream, Kosher Recipes, Kosher Restaurants, Nice Stories, Stories, Vegetarian Recipes