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 Arson Suspected in Fire at Fuego Restaurant in Montreal 

Fire at Fuego Steakhouse
Another Montreal's kosher restaurant has fallen victim to what is being suspected as arson. Fire broke out in the unfortunately-named Fuego Steakhouse ("fuego" means "fire" in Spanish) in Côte St-Luc neighborhood early morning on December 2. The arson squad is investigating as firefighters found an empty gas container on the premises. Fuego's owner Amir Toledano dismissed speculation that increased competition was a motive. Sources say the damage was so extensive the building needs to be demolished and rebuilt. With several kosher restaurants having been targeted earlier this year, the Jewish community is very concerned by this disturbing pattern.
(Source: CJAD 800 News & Montreal Jewish News)
 
 
Sushi Tokyo Creates a Large Sushi Menorah 
Even though we are a week removed from Chanukah, we wanted to show you another restaurant's impressive sushi menorah creation - this done by the chefs of Sushi Tokyo in Brooklyn for the Chabad of Sheepshead Bay. Kudos on a spectacular job! 
 
 
Mason & Mug Featured in Tablet Magaznie and Jewish Daily Forward
We have written before about Mason & Mug, the newly opened small plates restaurant and wine & beer bar in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights. Tablet Magazine and Jewish Daily Forward both published features on this unique restaurant and its "quirky but welcoming" vibe. Read in full at the links above.
 
 

Kosher Pop-Up Serves Artisanal Sandwiches to Crown Heights Crowd

The self-described hipster and Orthodox chef Yuda Schloss is the culinary force behind new pop-upJuda Schloss Hassid+Hipster eatery Hassid+Hipster, whose handcrafted sandwiches have been generating a buzz in Crown Heights' Chabad Hasidic community. He launched the takeout-only sandwich shop from his apartment last month, where he aims to bring traditional foods like brisket to the new age. The orders are taken over Facebook, and then can be picked up during set hours twice a week. Since his is not an official restaurant he can't get kosher certification, and customers trust him personally. The City's Health Department may also pose challenges since home-based food service is illegal in New York State. Yuda is now entertaining an idea of opening a real restaurant. Source: DNAIn

 

 

Newark Joins the Kosher Map

Owners of The Green Chickpea

The chances are you've never heard there is a kosher place to eat in Newark, and yet, there is The Green Chickpea, a Middle-Eastern restaurant on Hasley St., which opened last August. The are under the Vaad Harabonim of Flatbush, and offer shwarama, shnitzel and shish kebab as well as a variety of vegan options. The owners, Martin and Ronit Weber are not newbies in the restaurant business (they used to own 3 restaurants in Manhattan called "House of Pita"), and they saw the opportunity in opening a kosher place in the city, gearing for renaissance. The restaurant caters to both Jews and non-Jews, vegetarians and meat-eaters as the owners do not want to limit their customer base and simply want people to come for the good food, fast service and warm vibe. Read more in this article

 

 

Jewish Cooking Traditions are Alive at Spielberg's Mom's Kosher Restaurant in LA 
Read this heartwarming article about Leah Adler, Steven Spielberg's mother and proprietor of the upscale dairy restaurant Milky Way on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, as well as about their family's kitchen-centered Jewish traditions.
 

 

The Kosher Spot Fills the Void for Kosher Groceries in the Twin Cities

It is hard to imagine for us, spoiled New-Yorkers, the excitement of finding a jar of kosher vodka 

The Kosher Spot  Grocerysauce or ingredients for sushi on a supermarket shelf. For the Twin Cities Jewish community, where several kosher groceries and the area's only kosher food distributor closed in the past few years, the excitement is well understood, when 

"The Kosher Spot" opened in May to fill the void. The Kosher Spot is a tiny grocery store located in the heart of the Orthodox neighborhood of St. Louis Park in Minneapolis. It is a one-stop grocery stop, where the owners - the Weinberg family - try to get things customers ask for. In addition to serving as the valuable provider of kosher groceries, The Kosher Spot also has become a community gathering place. Read the full article here. The owners are also planning to open a kosher restaurant in the winter or spring of 2014.

 

 

Preserving Jewish Tunisian Cooking TraditionsDining at Mamie Lily
"Mamie Lily" is the only kosher restaurant in Tunisia - a small 
6-table place housed inside an Italian villa in the sleepy seaside suburb of La Goulette. The owner Jacoube Lellouche serves the kind of food he grew up with - a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, while his 86-year-old mother LIly, "a library of Jewish Tunisian cooking" oversees the kitchen. With the Jewish Tunisian population having dwindled in the past 50 years, Mamie Lily serves to preserve the local Jewish cuisine tradition, at least for the time being. Read the full story here.
 
 

Forbes Writes about the Spread of Kosher 

An interesting article on Forbes.com "Is Kosher the Next Big Thing" looks into the mainstream appeal of kosher, and kosher foods becoming the next big trend. Read in full here.
 
 

Caterers Innovate the Kosher Offerings 

No more matza balls and knishes - with gourmet contemporary kosher cuisine on the rise, upscale caterers are re-inventing the kosher dishes. The article on bizbash.com talks about how kosher caterers address the needs and tastes of the modern, more sophisticated client. Read in full here.

 

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