Mixing Bowl: Dine With the President, Seltzer Drinks, Battle of the Bagels

If you’ve always dreamed of having dinner with the president, this is your chance. CBS reports that Obama’s campaign is raffling off four tickets to have dinner and talk policy with the Pres. Any donation of $5 or more enters you to win.

The seltzer deliver business may be dwindling but a fountain soda drink with ice cream is just as refreshing as ever during the summer months. Check out Food 52’s contest for the best recipe.

It’s no surprise to anyone that many of America’s fruits and vegetables are all too often laden with pesticides. So what are the cleanest and dirties options at your grocery store? Marion Nestle tells the Atlantic.

Plans for the Soho restaurant off shoot of Kutcher’s — a 3000 sq foot hip kosher restaurant — are on track, says Fork in the Road. Check back on JCarrot for more on their upcoming plans and pre-paid Shabbat dinners.

The Jew community of Colombia traces its roots to the Spanish Inquisition and has culinary influences from Spanish, German and even Jamaican Jews. The Jerusalem Post tells their story and shares a recipe for Colombian chicken soup.

Still looking for a special salad for your Shabbat table? Try The Kitchn’s kale with apricots, avocado, nuts and parmesan (which you can leave out if you’re having a meat meal.

Two Jews, three synagogues and at least two bagel shops in walking distance. A new Montreal-style bagel shop in Brooklyn has opened around the corner from Mile End deli, which buys its bagels in Montreal each week, says Grubstreet. The two go head to head for customers and the most authentic Montreal bagel 375 miles from Montreal.

Chef Michael Solomonov of Philadelphia’s upscale Israeli restaurant Zahav talks to nightline.

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