Did another Ivanka-branded product just get dropped by a retailer? Ivanka-brand lox, whitefish and herring apparently will no longer be sold at Shelsky’s of Brooklyn, the smoked fish and appetizing emporium.
It’s no accident that Shiso Soy bottles look like high-end spirits. Soy sauce is “a very complicated, sophisticated brewed product,” according to Jonathan Blum, a lawyer and cooking enthusiast, who became obsessed with the ubiquitous Japanese condiment. “All people know here is Kikkoman, which is like [the ultra-low-end wine] Two Buck Chuck. And they put it on the most expensive food.”
Sipping my way through Monday’s Kosher Food & Wine Experience at Chelsea Piers, I was struck by a palpable excitement in the air. The place was packed, the mood was convivial and the wines I tasted were notably high quality.
Although kosher restaurants aren’t necessarily known for their quality, in recent years several have opened that are not only excellent by kosher standards, they are excellent by non-kosher standards as well.