As Valentine’s Day approaches, my thoughts turn to chocolate (of course). Chocolate babka would be a great treat for a romantic dinner. Selecting the best chocolate babka for the celebration is easier now, since I recently attended a chocolate-babka marathon tasting — a chocolate babkathon.
If the head of a major Polish TV station is to be believed, Jews are behind anti-government protests in Poland — and are handing out matzo outside Parliament to egg on demonstrators.
February 9 is National Bagel Day — a whole day devoted to a food that, more than any other, is probably the definitive, most widely recognized Jewish food item. Something about it makes it easily translatable across cultural divides, so in that sense it’s become a distinctly American food, enjoyed and adopted by all.
Why is the knish — that simple-yet-comforting food item made of mashed potatoes and encased in a puffy golden dough — such a ubiquitous New York food?
Polyester pants, shag carpets and Elvis in Hawaii. The ’70s was a different world, one with quaalude eyes, avocado green shower cubicles and 8-track players. It was a world where cigarettes were cool, where salad meant “add mayonnaise” and where a gentleman’s whisky was a Scotch blend.